It’s always been pretty difficult to dislike The Go! Team and their uplifting, upbeat, jacked up on E-numbers brand of boisterous playground vocals, busy handclaps and infectious sunshine optimism. It’d be like hating a school play for the unconvincing acting or failing to crack a smile if a St.Bernard fell into an orchestra pit. There’s has always been a busy, vigorous sound that crashes and clashes funk, pop and freestyle into animated three minute snippets. It’s much the same formula at work on ‘Rolling Blackouts’, with bombastic Beastie Boys-tinged opener ‘T.O.R.N.A.D.O’ setting the early tone and serving as an instant reminder of Ninja’s bratty vocal delivery. Part maverick brass band ensemble/part Theme from M*A*S*H, ‘Rolling Blackouts’ is difficult to pin down but it’s pretty enjoyable for it, regardless of the undeniable sense of ‘same old…’.

By Reef Younis

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