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  • Audio CD (4 May 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BECAUSE
  • ASIN: B00T7SFPHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Django Django’s debut album came out in January 2012 on Because Music and was lavished with praise. It was “updated psychedelia that beguiles and delights” (The Guardian), “consistently mind-melting and often brilliant” (Q), “bursting with ideas” (Pitchfork) and “gloriously, unpredictably new” (Mojo). By December it had been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and named one of the albums of the year by Rolling Stone and NME. They became known from their electric live performances full of energy, and went on to play memorable shows at festivals across the globe including as Glastonbury and Fuji Rock. The much-anticipated first single from Born Under Saturn, First Light, was released on January 12th. It was announced that the critically acclaimed four-piece would play London’s Field Day Festival in June, plus two sold-out February warm-up shows in Leeds and Edinburgh (all dates below). It was when Django Django were playing Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations on the final day of 2013 that producer and drummer Dave Maclean realised how far his band had come since releasing their self-titled debut album almost two years earlier. “We made what, at the time, I thought would be an obscure bedroom record and ended up playing to 60,000 people on Princes Street,” says Dave. “Every month we kept saying we were going to stop touring but the album kept growing.” Born Under Saturn is the work of a band fired up by confidence and experience and propelled way beyond their DIY roots. It has all of the imagination of their debut self-titled album but splashed across a larger canvas. “Once we got into the studio it became obvious it would be a bigger-sounding record,” says bassist Jim Dixon. “When we were writing the lyrics there were lots of references to rebirth, turning a new page and starting something again,” says drummer and producer Dave Maclean. “I guess that’s something we all felt.” Like before, Django Django are blessedly oblivious to genre rules. “A lot of it has to do with growing up being more into mixtapes than albums,” Dave says. “I think that sensibility comes through. Since I was a kid I’ve always tried to see the connections and threads through music.” Recorded at Netil House in east London and Angelic Studios in Banbury, Born Under Saturn saw the song writing split four ways with Dave also producing the record. Lyrics often emerged naturally from the sound of the music. There are dark dramas like Found You, which draws on the myth of Faust’s deal with the devil, and Shot Down, a bloody tale of crime and betrayal. Jim wrote the sighingly beautiful Beginning to Fade while contemplating writer’s block and the atmospheric, synth-driven High Moon, says Dave, is about people who “come alive at night”. Dave, Jim, guitarist Vinnie Neff and keyboardist Tommy Grace — met at art school in Edinburgh and released their first single, after moving to east London, in 2009. They took their time evolving a uniquely open-minded sound in which every influence is welcome but nothing sounds cluttered or forced. “We don’t stop ourselves going in any direction because we’ve all got very individual styles so it always ends up sounding like us.” Says Vinnie. Since the last record, the band have also embraced other creative opportunities, Dave travelled to Mali with Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, and Dave and Tommy worked on the score for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of John Webster’s bloodthirsty Jacobean tragedy The White Devil. The band created a song for the film Slow West which recently won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film. The film was written and directed by Dave’s brother John Maclean. Dave established his own label, Kick and Clap, named after the club night he launched when he first moved to Dalston and Vinnie and Jim collaborated with award-winning artist Haroon Mirza at Stromboli Arts Festival last summer, at the foot of the island’s volcano. After all this activity they were hungry to make album number two. “We built up momentum more than expectation,” says Dave. “We were keen to get back to making music. Going from a lo-fi bedroom record, sitting in your flat in your pjyamas, to playing to huge crowds, you learn a lot.” Born Under Saturn expands on the slippery, indefinable brilliance of the debut, finding magic in the unexplored spaces between different kinds of music, and never doing the same thing twice. “We thought we’d sell to little pockets of people and set up our own live shows in art spaces,” says Dave. “We never thought it would end up the way it did. Once that happens, you have to keep pushing. You can’t sit still.

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Format: Vinyl
Simply great. Some stunning tracks that send shivers down my spine. Some that start unpromisingly and switch to something beautiful. Vocal harmonizing the Beach boys would be proud of. A small number of less memorable tracks but what album doesn't have those? Overall incredibly good. Have been overplaying for two months now and still can't stop coming back. A very strong buy - these guys are the real deal.

BTW, WRT to the first album - which I l and others loved due to clear Beta band influences and sheer musical excellence - many are comparing the two so I will too even though such comparisons are probably apples to oranges because the musical style has shifted (perhaps in a overall lighter direction) but anyway here goes: This latest offering is better. Substantially so in my humble estimation. Give First Light, Stop Repeat and Shot Down a go (listen to the whole tracks if you can) and hopefully you'll get some appreciation for the wonderful musical moonshine Django Django have concocted.
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Format: Audio CD
Good album! This is indie music you could dance,a sort of indie synth pop.Hard to pick a favourite track because this is crammed with catchy tunes,,lots of close harmonies to.Not much wrong here,good stuff.
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I really loved their first album, but this one's pretty incredible. Loving what I would describe as 'Beach Boys' harmonies...I was a big fan of Simian back in the 90's - this band are quite similar musically and vocally.
Just buy, you won't regret it.
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I came to this album after my son recommended that I listen to Alt-J. On Amazon this was recommended for those who enjoy Alt-J.
I am always looking out for new groups and thought that I would give this a go, especially when I had read that there was a Beta Band connection.
It took about three plays but this has me hooked. Right from the excellent Giant at the start through to the final track, Life We Know, this is a consistently good album with very catchy songs. Actually, whilst the songs are catchy the more you listen to it the more you realise how clever it all is. I love the "Beach Boys" type harmonies - if you are going to use influences, then why not use the best.
Overall a very good album, one of the best I have heard in a long time. Highly recommended.
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A worthy follow up to their brilliant debut. Adds more dancefloor magic to the Wilko Johnson meets Devo rhythms of that earlier disc, as evidenced by their recent live sets touring this one. A rocking rave on indeed.
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The first album was often brilliant with great swathes of irresistible indie disco and a big dose of Bentley Rhythm Ace - for those who can remember that far back. When it was good, it was really good, but there was also plenty of filler. 'Born Under Saturn' doesn't have the same immediacy but is a surprising and mostly glorious record. There are strong tracks reminiscent of their debut - Giant, Shut Down and Life We Know - but other tracks move Django Django right to the front of the Pop Art pretenders. The best tracks here come on like a left field Pet Shop Boys - specifically their masterpiece 'Behaviour'. 'First Light' is a synth pop classic in the style of 'So Hard' and 'High Moon' is a stunning slower track in the vein of 'Rent'. But the album's clear highlight is the completely gorgeous 'Found You'. It has a curious time signature, a swooning falsetto vocal and an ethereal beauty all its own - easily the best thing they have done to date.
Elsewhere, Django Django are unafraid to reference classic synth pop bands - alongside the Pet Shop Boys, you might imagine surprising influences like maybe ELO and even Supertramp. But all of these styles are updated in a modern take which sits happily alongside the likes of Everything Everything and Alt-J - only better. Genuinely surprising, completely beautiful, and a much more complete album than their debut.
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By robotfish VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2015
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Love this second album. Saw them play it live and was surprised by the energy of the playing. Matches the very bouncy recorded stuff! Shake 7 Tremble & Vibrations are the standout tracks for me, but this is a very consistent CD and a good leap on from the slightly annoying debut.
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Liking this a lot, have to be in right mood, but by George these chaps are musical. Some might struggle with the Beach Boys vocals, get past that and soak it up.
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