Eu-bleedin’-phoric! There’s no other word to sum up the sheer exhilarating joy of this new The Go! Team album.
It’s been a long wait since their last, our 2015 top ranked album The Scene Between, but as the saying goes, it’s been worth it.
This time around Ian Parton and his crew have crammed in even more melody, pop and fun as well as a marching band and steel drums. They have also found time to delve into the archives of rare 1980s hip-hop.
Opener, All the Way Live, is the archive plundering number. This samples a 1983 record made by students of an after school hip hop project by students of the Carver Senor High School, Chicago.
It’s an excellent, uplifting start to a Go! Team release that feels like a larger collaborative effort than is predecessor, which was written, performed and produced largely by Parton.
Joining Parton and current live players Simone Odaranile (drums) and Angela ‘Maki’ Won-Yin Mak (vocals), one of our favourites Annelotte de Graaf (aka Amber Arcades), Julie Margat (aka Lipspector) and two original members guitarist Sam Dook and rapper Ninja.
At times it feels like a whole school full of 1980s kids is also involved, which is a very deliberate aspect to the album with Parton mic-ing up instruments from a distance to make is sound like they are being played in a gymnasium or on the march, as sousaphones, glockenspiels and steel drums are also brought into the mix.
As well as the 1980s opening other high points include the full on brass band title track, a song it is impossible to dislike. May Day is another instantly loveable The Go! Team track, on an album of remarkable consistency, as is the Phil Spector-esque, The Answer’s No, Now What’s the Question.
The Go! Team’s Semicircle could very very well already take the title of most fun album of the year and it’s only January. It is certainly an early frontrunner for the summit of our end of year releases list.
With no faults found it deservedly gets our maximum score.
by Joe Lepper
For more information about The Go! Team visit here.