Junior Boys' second pre-album 12" is another appetite whetter, and it's formatted much like the first. "High Come Down" is another A-side that softens the line between boy band pop and garage-y R&B; based around another sparse skitter-beat and elliptical prickles of keyboard, Jeremy Greenspan's winsome vocals are as endearingly vulnerable as ever. Despite its fractures, the song aims for the soul and the hips at the same time and hits both targets. Given enough ears, this has all of the makings of pop's future. The second A-side track is a remix of "Birthday," from fellow Canadian Manitoba, who supplants the original's awkward momentum with a rigid backbeat and ramshackle effects. Lead B-side track "Under the Sun" is a swirling detour into lush atmospherics that recalls the driving score to a Michael Mann or Brian De Palma film as much as Hex-era Bark Psychosis, with a relatively husky refrain from Greenspan repeated several times over. "A Certain Association" works more like an incidental piece, with heavily treated elements in alienated isolationist style.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman