MSTRKRFT's debut album, The Looks, felt like it came from a 21-year-old who'd just discovered the party scene and was loving every moment. The sequel sounds like that same kid a couple of years down the road: jaded, hard-edged and painfully aware of the dark undercurrents behind the nightlife world.
All the glossy, synthetic sheen of their debut has been replaced by grinding distorted riffs, and the singing robot voices are supplanted by a rotating cast of guest vocalists mainly borrowed from R&B and hip-hop. Fist perfectly captures the feel of the last year in clubs, but stretches that one vibe across 10 tracks instead of exploring a greater variety of moods and tones. Not a mind-blowing work of art, but expect at least a few more singles to blow up over the next few months.
Top track: Click Click, featuring E-40
MSTRKRFT rock the Kool Haus April 9.