Django Django – Marble Skies

London formed electro art-rockers Django Django back on form with their third album, Marble Skies. After commenting that 2015’s Born Under Saturn was a “little bloated”, the band re-grouped to approach its follow-up with the same DIY cut and paste ethos of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, and in the process creating a taute and leaner beast than the more expansive Born...

Musically, Marble Skies draws on the same well of musical influences from 80s electro-pop and Krautrock to 60s surf pop and blues amongst many many others, such is the cut and paste approach to their writing. Highlights include the barnstorming Sigue Sigue Sputnik-esque opener ‘Marble Skies’, ‘Champagne’ Time Is Tight 60s organ groove, the upbeat trippy along of ‘Tic Tac Toe’, and the dream-like float along of ‘Sundials’ sampling a piano refrain from Jazz fusion artist Jan Hammer and stacking more and more on top it to create something truly special.

The only misstep is the dancehall inspired ‘Surface To Air’, a collaboration with Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor after meeting at SXSW and discovering a mutual interest in R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall. The track is a polished piece of pop that could threaten the current singles charts. This isn’t a bad thing in the slightest, and as a standalone track it is fine, however, it doesn’t gel as smoothly with the rest of Marble Skies and feels a little jarring. Don’t worry though as always with a Django Django album, if there’s something you don’t like, give it five seconds and something new will come along to get you moving your feet. Marble Skies is a euphoric album crammed to the gills with influence and noise that you will be picking apart and discovering new elements for many listens to come.

Dominic Ross

Updated: Jan 29, 2018

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