Boomkat Product Review:
Ed and Andy follow up last years essential 'Trainer' retrospective with yet another inimitable collection of electronica workouts. 'Eyen' is up first with the kind of heartmelting guitar melodies and uber-crisp beats that has defined Plaid's recent output. The rave pressure is then brought fully on with the firin' 'Assault on Precinct Zero' which, to my mind at least, is one of the weakest tracks on offer here. From here on, however, it's pretty much uphill all the way. With many nods toward the current school of Schematic / Chocolate Industries artists, there are many digitized moments of off-kilter grooves that reiterate the genius of the Black Dog LP's. The songwriting skill displayed on the emotive 'Sincetta' sits perfectly against the aggressive dancefloor workouts that pepper this release.The sweet tones of vocalist Mara Carlyle brings a natural feel to the closing 'Manyme', a blissed out soul based track which displays Plaid's knack of hitting you where it hurts with the tightest Hip Hop groove possible. Double Figure is one of those LP's that excells in its ability to entrench itself deeply within your minds - tunes that are endlessly memorable and execution that veers towards simplicity and is all the richer for it. Superb.