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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British dance duo features contributions from Arthur Baker, Bubbles Bubblesynski, Josh Caffe, Mutado Pintado, Simon Topping, and Alan Vega.
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  1. Sep 12, 2019
    80
    There are moments when the repetitive nature of some of the tracks does wear on you a little bit. ... But these are mere moments of filler on PL, an album which cements the reason why Paranoid London’s tunes appeal to a scene looking for a sound that’s rugged, dark, and illicit. And in that regard, PL has it in spades.
  2. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    As their 2015 album relied on a pair on vocalists, Mutado Pintado and Paris Brightledge, sophomore full-length PL utilizes a whole stable of collaborators to create a pleasingly wobbly and splintered set of songs.
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 28, 2019
    80
    Retro, sure, but all the better for it. [Oct 2019, p.109]
  4. Aug 28, 2019
    76
    There isn't a track on the record that isn't somehow scuffed, bruised or degraded. The recording fidelity is uniformly scruffy but not at the expense of dance floor efficacy—you'll have punchier music in your collection, but these tracks should still cut through.
  5. Uncut
    Aug 28, 2019
    70
    The pair specialise in primitive house tracks drizzled with acid, which work best when one of their male vocalists drawls sweet nothings deep in the mix. [Sep 2019, p.33]
  6. Mojo
    Aug 28, 2019
    60
    While there's a suspicion that the album format isn't their natural habitat - only the melancholic shuffle of (Vi-Vi) Vicious Games veers away from the acid template - the sinewy, skeletal intensity here has a creeping allure. [Oct 2019, p.90]
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