Predictably, Parisian eccentric Joakim is on fine form on this fifth album, his first since 2011's stylised Nothing Gold. As you'd perhaps expect, Tropics of Love isn't easy to pin down. Joakim's usual influences - acid house, synth-pop, glitch-hop, new wave and classic electronica - are all present, this time joined by an orange-hued Balearic sensibility that courses through album highlights "Man on the Moon" and Neil Young cover "On The Beach". Of course, it's not all wide-eyed bagginess with one eye on the horizontal, post-club market; as you'd expect, the album's more upbeat moments - particularly the brilliant "This Is My Life", in which a computerised voice recounts key moments in the producer's music development - all hit home hard.
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