Following two revered discs (Polydistortion and This Is Normal, both for 4AD), a move from Reykjavik to Barcelona, and a label switch (to Moonshine Music), a newly realigned Gusgus emerges with the mo

Following two revered discs (Polydistortion and This Is Normal, both for 4AD), a move from Reykjavik to Barcelona, and a label switch (to Moonshine Music), a newly realigned Gusgus emerges with the most potent and cohesive album of its career. Like Electribe 101's now-classic recording, Electribal Memories, Attention revolves around deep house beats, haunting (at times quirky) rhythms, and glorious vocals (provided by one-named singer Earth). Album opener "Unnecessary" is all rubbery bassline, guitar slashings, four-to-the-floor kick, and Earth's cool, detached vocals. The synth blasts in "David" bring to mind an updated "Make the World Go Round"; if released as a single, it's the type of track that could very well sit very pretty atop international dance charts. In "Desire," Earth's smoky vocals perfectly match the sensual feelings of the sounds around her. Other highlights include "Call of the Wild" and "Your Moves Are Mine."—MP