Label-mates to the likes of Digitalism on French label Kitsune, Londoners Is Tropical wield a dimly related brand of shiny indie-dance. Opener ‘South Pacific’ is, appropriately enough, a sunshine slice of upbeat electro, while the pounding, house-tinged ‘Lies’ could induce a frozen corpse to get up and dance. But where the tunes aren’t so strong, as in ‘Land Of The Nod’, the lightness and kiddie-sweet construction loses its allure and instead takes on a mildly irritating nature. Then there’s the single ‘The Greeks’, which sounds like a hyperactive Klaxons who’ve had all their guitars stolen and replaced with sequencers, and elsewhere the headlong rattle of Foals makes itself felt. Slickly produced throughout and full-on enough to keep you interested, there’s also a faint and discomforting whiff of nu-rave hanging around the periphery of the music, so in places the brand new ‘Native To’ already sounds dated.

By Chris Watkeys

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