Buraka Som Sistema's debut album, 2008's brilliant Black Diamond, was something of a landmark set - an effortlessly energetic and breathlessly exciting introduction to the band's unique kuduro sound. This long-awaited follow-up lacks the instant impact of its predecessor, but is no less enjoyable. The pace is a touch slower (but only a touch, mind) and the sound a smidgeon smoother, but the raw kuduro energy and hooky vocals remain. There are some sweet, contemplative moments (see "Voodoo Love"), a clutch of genuine dancefloor bangers (check the warped electro cut-ups and twisted beats of "Tira O Pe"or skittering roller "Burakaton") and an admirable collaboration with German digital dancehall veteran Stereotyp.
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