The Avalanches; Wildflower
Whatever accusations are levelled at them, The Avalanches can never be called workaholics. The loveable Aussies shot to fame in 2000 with their debut album, Since I Left You, and have taken no fewer than 16 years to follow it up. Luckily for them, Wildflower is a riot, a heady brew of hip-hop beats, infectious hooks and familiar samples, whose 21 tracks blend and bleed into one another like the best summer compilation album you could lay ears on, from the Cypress Hill meets calypso groove of Frankie Sinatra, through the disco strut of Subways and the sweet soul vibe of Sunshine. The earworms come thick and fast, with each track made up of sample-tastic layers, while the guest vocalists include Detroit rapper Danny Brown and Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue. A kaleidoscope of loveliness.
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