Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

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Beginning with a burst of celestial soundwaves straight out of an 80s Open University science programme and building towards a skuzzy, ultra-compressed deconstruction of house, Fuck Buttons Andy Weatherall-produced second album is like a Cubist approach to dance music - pumping beats, euphoric synth washes and funky rhythm are to be found, but always thrown at unexpected angles, twisted into shapes which feel initially wrong and then suddenly very right.

On Tarot Sport, Fuck Buttons extend the sounds of first album Street Horrsing. Opener 'Surf Solar' is an intimidating edifice of fuzzed-out noise, while 'Rough Steez' locates the same afro-centric percussion the duo made use of before. And, as with Street Horrsing, the each song bleeds into the next for a seamless listen, even if the tracks themselves can jolt and jar.

What's changed is not so much the palate with which they work but the way in which the employ the colours. There's a new found accessibility on display in tunes such as the cantering 'The Lisbon Maru' and the crystalline epic 'Space Mountain'. How much of this is down to the album's producer is something of a moot point. It's doubtful that Fuck Buttons are ever going to morph into a Moby for the 2010s, but on this evidence you wouldn't be surprised if their next release sees them overcome their slightly risqué name to find a little niche in the mainstream.

Best tracks: 'Rough Steez', 'Surf Solar', 'The Lisbon Maru'

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