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FA­MIL­IAR TOUCH CUL­VERT/ ILS/CARO­LINE, OUT NOW Cana­dian trio’s sec­ond strikes elec­tro-pop gold.

Recorded on bor­rowed stu­dio time, DIANA’s de­but, Per­pet­ual Sur­ren­der, sounded like a pop record done on the cheap, a lo-fi am­bi­ence which ac­tu­ally con­trived to en­hance its chill­wave-y ap­peal. The fol­low-up sounds like an al­to­gether more pro­fes­sional job, with the Toronto group rev­el­ling in an unashamed cel­e­bra­tion of ’ 80s synth-pop and high-gloss funk – Mo­ment Of Si­lence’s pop­ping bass and splashy synths wouldn’t sound out of place on a Howard Jones al­bum. But it’s the cool clar­ity of Car­men Elle’s vo­cals which now de­fines the songs as she air­ily sashays her way through What You Get’s brood­ing elec­tro-funk and Mi­haru’s sen­su­ous in­vo­ca­tion of Jelly­bean-era Madonna. RU­PERT HOWE Lis­ten To: What You Get | Slip­ping Away | Mi­haru

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