Coming back for that "difficult second album" hurdle, Darkstar clearly went away and drummed up a fresh approach after the attention the got from their debut album "North". Seemingly heading further into indie song-writing dynamics, the range of sounds in use is far more advanced, embracing more organic elements alongside the penchant for warm, fuzzy electronics. There are bold and brash pieces like "Armonica" and "Amplified Ease", but the tendency is towards a twisted kind of folk balladry drenched in head-spinning production. It's a decisive step on, and it's served Darkstar very well indeed.
Boo yah - the return of Darkstar on London's mythical Warp, and not only dies he come through with the goods, but alongside Empress Of in a titanic battle to the death. It's only a one-track EP, but "Reformer" is enough to satisfy just about any of your needs thanks to its perfectly executed groove - a tight blend drum rolls and reversed melodic patterns - and deeply alluring vocals; in fact, you'll probably be singing along to it in the blink of an eye.