EVERYTHING IS MY FAMILY PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, OUT NOW Daydreaming dance beatniks aim for the stars – and miss.
With 2013’ s Cave Rave this troupe of Anglo-American techno hippies led by starry-eyed singer Sebastian Pringle threatened to deliver the all-dancing, ancient-modern crossover the album’s title prophesied. Three years on, it’s a different story with their peace’n’love gospel now sounding like the campfire idealism of ageing bohos stuck on an eternal gap year. Pringle’s apparently unshakeable optimism and ear for pan-global beats – including the clatter of Basque percussion instrument, the txalaparta – can still generate moments of euphoria, most notably on the Major Lazer-like All Night. Yet it’s In Your Arms’s soppy tropical house which is more typical of an album that tries to please everyone but winds up having nothing to say. RUPERT HOWE
Listen To: All Night | The Moondog