THE GO! TEAM

SEMI­CIR­CLE MEM­PHIS IN­DUS­TRIES, OUT 19 JAN­UARY

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Detroit teens take cen­tre stage on Brighton sam­plers’ fifth. While the eu­phoric mélange of hiphop, in­die and sam­ples has re­mained con­stant since The Go! Team’s 2004 de­but, Ian Par­ton has al­ways de­ployed a ro­tat­ing cast of singers. That ap­proach is taken one step fur­ther on Semi­cir­cle, as on sev­eral tracks he en­lists mem­bers of the Detroit Youth Choir. It’s a par­tial suc­cess, as through­out charm­ing naivety rubs awk­wardly against clumsy de­liv­ery. The ti­tle track starts off sound­ing par­tic­u­larly leaden, with vo­cals that couldn’t be flat­ter if Ian Brown had driven a steam­roller over them, but is then re­deemed by steel drums and spo­ken in­tro­duc­tions by the young singers. Tellingly, the best mo­ment comes when long-time foil Ninja reap­pears on She’s Got Guns. PHIL MONGREDIEN

Lis­ten To: She’s Got Guns | May­day | Get­ting Back Up

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