While MIA is away, Georgia will play. With a similar deft hand at combining global influences, her approach to music-making is one that feels broadly intuitive, dipping a drumstick into cauldrons of party juice and lucid liquids like some kind of indie Willy Wonka, pouring out a larger glass of whatever feels right.
While 2015’s self-titled debut laid quiet foundations, ‘Seeking Thrills’ sees Georgia lean in much more eagerly on the late-night grooves that have been supporting her breakthrough. ’Started Out’ and ‘About Work The Dancefloor’ make for solid, established openers, but there’s no shortage of other ideas that make complete sense in the soundtrack of modern lives - ‘I Can’t Wait’ zooms along the rainbow road of a particularly jubilant round of Mario kart, ‘Feel It’ and ‘Mellow’ blast comfortably out of the stereo before a naughty night out, and ‘Never Let You Go’ has the same modular, kawaii drive that made a star out of Grimes, full of the energy captured in the album’s art. As an embodiment of where one of the UK’s most exciting voices is currently at, you couldn’t ask for much more.
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