Post-jazz, nu-jazz, jazz??? - what's in a name? Polar bear are, by far the most interesting musicians of any category that I have heard on a long time. Seb's energetic and innovative drumming inspires profound creative energy from his band. I recently saw them live in Galway and they are just as brilliant and professional on stage. What I initially thought was synthesised overdubbing turns out to be high-tech, live sampling of the musicians as they play, who may then respond to their own playbacks. It creates a wonderful texture which is almost never overcooked. I highly recommend Polar Bear to anyone who is interested in new music, jazz, drum and bass, or just plain, good music - they span the spectrum and push all the boundaries. From the catchy tunes, to soulful vocal collaborations, to Tom's hot bass riffs, which incorporate contemporary repetition coupled with a very fine jazz sensibility, this album will alternatively have you tapping your feet and then in wonderous rapture. You will not be disappointed! This self-titled album brings to a crescendo the ideas which were being explored in the previous two, and equally enjoyable, albums, Dim Lit and Held On The Tips Of Fingers. The new album is, apparently, due early in 2010. For Seb's alternative rock incarnation, check out Acoustic Ladyland.