On their sophomore outing, the Massachusetts quartet doubles-down on grand, Killers-esque synth rock, infusing their angular anthems with passion and intensity while adding deeper grooves a la Bloc Party and White Lies. Standout tracks include "Skin Deep" and "Different Animals." A hidden gem for anyone missing the Hot Fuss era.
Drum'n'bass label No U-Turn's first compilation is the definitive techstep album. Characterized by hard breakbeats, industrial buzzsaw bass, and dystopian themes, this is harsh, direct, commanding music which hasn't lost an ounce of power since it came out two decades ago. As the sample on "Amtrack" says, "Here is a group trying to accomplish one thing. That is, to get to the future."