Review: Five years after their collaborative debut, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs reconvene for a follow up that goes even deeper. Madlib is of course a celebrated producer who has worked with some of the best in the game, and Gibbs is a raw street rapper, so it is the differences as much as the similarities between the two that make this such a compelling listen. At times complex and challenging, at others effortless and charming, it's an album stuffed with a myriad of different sounds, styles and references that is hard to categorise but easy to admire.
Review: Negotiating the hinterland between guileless pop suss and avant exploration can be a tricky business, but it's one that Chairlift have proven themselves alarmingly adept at. 'Moth' is rarely short of a memorable chorus or piercing hook, yet the textures herein are always inventive, fresh and arresting, as the balances out binary bewilderment with melodic invention, using Caroline Polachek's beguiling voice as a diving rod through luminous synth texture and unconventional rhythmic interplay alike. As likely to appeal to fans of St. Vincent or Yeasayer as Fiona Apple or Feist, 'Moth' is a thoroughly characterful and spirited transmission from this Brooklyn-based duo.