Django Django have been largely absent since the release of their Mercury-nominated self-titled debut, released in 2012. A melting pot of electronica, prog, art-rock, psychedelia, R&B and even the sound of a snake charmer's flute, the record was a self-assured, genre-spanning piece of work that left listeners wanting more.
Two years later, the London-based, Edinburgh-bred four piece are back with the follow-up, Born Under Saturn. At tonight's intimate show, Django Django only air three new tracks from their second LP. First up is new single 'First Light', a synth-led powerhouse of a track with a killer hook, which takes on a new intensity in live form.
'Reflections' sees the band veer into heavier electronic territory, with a highly danceable beat and yet another earworm of a chorus, whilst 'Pause Repeat' - the first live performance of the track - is further reassurance that whilst Django Django are constantly experimenting with their sound, they haven't lost their ear for a catchy chorus.
The band's first album makes up most of the set, but none of the crowd are complaining, with each track sounding just as fresh and exciting as they did in 2012. 'Waveforms' and 'Skies Over Cairo' are particular highlights, with the band building both tracks to explosive, impressive crescendos. Throughout the evening, frontman Vincent Neff and bassist Jimmy Dixon expertly alternate between instruments, never letting the energy dissipate.
The "difficult second album" cliche is one that's tired and overused, but all too often disappointingly warranted. However, tonight's show has quelled any fears this may be the case for Django Django. It's good to have them back.