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