On Canadian dream-trap duo Purity Ring's new "Begin Again," the sweet intonations of vocalist Megan James float over rattling kick thuds so deep they could shatter permafrost. James and producer Corin Roddick have never sounded more in sync, turning away from the amorphous sparkles of the pair's debut album for more streamlined songwriting.

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