Review: This sprawling and ramshackle Canadian indie collective here dispenses its first record in all of seven years, and its one that manages a sterling job of delivering the kind of emotionally uplifting anthem and restless sonic experimentation that have always rendered them a more charming and approachable prospect than most. Big hitters like Feist and Metric's Emily Haines are present and correct as contributors here - the former on a title cut that's yearning without being cloying, the latter on the driving blast of 'Protest Song'. All things connsidered, this is a deliriously upbeat and endlessly inventive triumph - true to form, the perfect band to deliver hope in troubled times.
Review: Some four years after Swims brought the work of Dan Snaith to the attention of a whole new audience, the London-based Canadian artist returns with a sixth Caribou album entitled Our Love. Staunch followers of Caribou will know that Snaith tends to adopt different sonic approaches with every long player (compare the psychedelia of Up In Flames with the more spaced out Andorra) but this latest album feels like a natural development of the club influenced sounds of Swims. City Slang call it Snaith's most soulful set yet, and that's certainly helped by the presence of compatriot Jessy Lanza, and like all Caribou albums there is something new that appeals with every listen.
Review: Gold Panda is a highly coveted producer who has released on big-name labels such as K7 and Ghostly International, but the majority of his daring and diverse work has come courtesy of the City Slang imprint where he returns to now with the Good Luck And Do You Best LP. 'Hybrid' is the key takeaway from this album, as every single tune seems to be a sublime mixture of different genres, styles and inspirations; tunes like "Chiba Nights" contain a vivid house element at their core, and yet they branch out into many different territories, while others "Song For A Dead Friend" manage to blend elements of juke, ambient and noise, all wrapped up in Gold Panda's singular vision.