On Is Tropical's 2011 debut album 'Native To' there appeared to be this constant buzz that took to the stage in every track. After a while, it was like a bumblebee - or, even worse, a wasp - was burying its pesky self into the inner crevices of your ear holes. There are still scarce occasions where the buzzy reverb returns on 'I'm Leaving' but, for the majority, it sounds more sophisticated with bigger anthems.
The album's lead single 'Dancing Anymore' has a very NSFW video to accompany it, which has got a lot of people talking and has been banned for YouTube. However, it's not as if the video needed to be controversial; the song has the power to stand up by itself without the depths and dreams of computer-generated girls and an adolescent boy. The thumping beat, catchy chorus vocals, "you won't take me dancing anymore" - which also feature a duet between band member Gary Barber and his girlfriend - add to its conflicting tone. The streaming electro sections make it the best track on 'I'm Leaving'.
The inquisitive lyrics help you to remain vigilant throughout the record and give the pacing backing a motivational voice. 'Lillith' bears "Don't be afraid of living", and 'Video' - which also happens to have a similar lyrical rhythm to 'Pure' by The Lightning Seeds - gives us, "I never learnt to cry, I never questioned why". Compared to the last album's roughness and the minimal sound of previous single 'South Pacific, 'I'm Leaving' (produced by Foals producer Luke Smith), has more of a mature theme.
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With a growing number of bands introducing aspects of electronic and dance music into the ever growing genre of indie music, it was going to be a tall order for a London based trio to stand out from the crowd. However, with a large proportion of Is Tropical's material being leaked before they released their debut album, the initial response was good. After a year of touring with 'Egyptian Hip Hop' the album was released just in time for summer, an overriding theme throughout the album.
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