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This first Junior Boys record in four years is also their first since parting ways with long-time label Domino; you get the impression right from the off that the split with the company who’d released all of their material to date has loosened them up a little bit. The Canadian duo had made dark, pristine electropop their calling card right up until 2011’s ‘It’s All True’, and that remains the case here, except they don’t sound like they’re wound quite as tight.

‘Big Black Coat’ is a sprawling affair that takes a succession of minimal beats and figures out different ways to play around with them; big eighties synths on ‘Baby Give Up on It’, for instance, followed by the off-kilter techno that runs through ‘Love Is a Fire’. When it works, it comes off spectacularly (the rippling ambience of ‘What You Won’t Do for Love’ and ‘Baby Don’t Hurt Me’ are both highlights) but the record feels bloated in places, too. A little more quality control could have made this a stirring comeback for Junior Boys; instead, they do enough to remind us of what we’ve been missing, but only just.

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