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  • Mixmag Staff
  • 5 January 2018
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The Go! Team 'Semicircle' (Memphis Industries)

Brighton six-piece The Go Team! imbue ‘Semicircle’ with the high-octane vibes of a marching band taking on block party jams, Northern Soul and cutesy indie pop. It might sound crazy, but it works beautifully: it took them to the US and the Detroit Youth Choir, who steal the show with their energetic, soulful contributions on an album full of day-glo intensity. It squeezes together Motown, chattering funk, classic hip hop and uplifting pop. In the shape of ‘Semicircle Song’, a wide-eyed, vitamin E shot, or the magical rush of ‘If There’s One Thing You Should Know’, The Go! Team fashion the kind of sugar-coated gems that should be made freely available on prescription. Stephen Worthy

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