The right ingredients can go a very long way. Edinburgh's Mitford Girls have stolen recipes from Arab Strap and LCD Soundsystem, Looper and Ballboy; they've studied the what, why and how; and now they've written three songs imbued with what they love. There are beats and electric guitar, synths and boy-girl conversations. There's Scottish spoken word, silly and banal; there's a longing for a dancefloor jam. But while the group's gigs suggest real potential, enough bass to set feet moving, these recordings are almost the opposite. Tracks feel limited by their own structure, sections repeating too often, climaxes muted. Binary Boy is a moody opposite to Daft Punk's Digital Love, but as it digs itself into the ground you wonder if it needs to get stuck so deep. I long for a little more lunacy, for breaking of glasses and for synthlines full to bursting to set the kitchen ablaze. [Sean Michaels]
This EP is out now.