Hipster popsters have known for a while that it's cool to be happy again - but it's taken a while for the smiles to break through to the world of drum n bass.
Rudimental smash that door as wide as a Cheshire cat's grin with a debut of soulful style and urban panache.
The London four-piece of Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith hit our screens, airwaves and download files with the strangely Kiwi-style (maybe it was the anthemic horns and gospel choruses that recall black sand dance-a-thons), John Newman-featuring Feel the Love and Not Giving In in the late summer, but their first full-lengther is a fully polished assault on more than just the download generation.
A couple of tracks featuring Emeli Sande make sure that this album will happily appeal to those not just looking for arms-in-the-air appeal, while stunning combinations (Foxes vocals over the techno and guitar riffs of Right Here and Ella Eyre's Waiting All Nightare standouts) show the boys are looking for clever ways into their tracks.
From chillout to classic groove and joyous epic chorus-laden dance tracks this is full-on debut - and, honestly, listen to Not Giving In and tell me how it wasn't written for the Kiwi festival circuit.
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