The Go! Team’s relentless cheerfulness has outlasted and outshone every post-C86 band to come out of the UK in the aughts. But then, in spite of the playground chant vocals, The Go! Team were never really twee.
Now back with a full band, founder Ian Parton makes the most of the scope, drawing on ’60s rock psychedelia and funk and soul stabs. This is an ecstatic riot, swinging from pastoral folk to bratty rap-pop in one part, self-sampled plunderphonic blasts to Ravi Shankar drone in another. A much-needed shot in the arm going into the new year.
Semicircle is out now via RedEye/MGM.
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