"Missing Persons" is the trio's third consecutive collaboration with vocalist Frank Carter III, and I'd be lying if I said they didn't have a formula by now. But they nail it to a tee with this one. Ivy Lab bathe in the sumptuousness of their own svelte production values for a whole minute, and once the drums hit they're featherweight and lightly dusted with string samples. Using the same palette for "Live On Your Smile," they borrow from ambient jungle (drifting chords) and dBridge (a vigorous bassline), but the drums are gentle like finger snaps.
"Pepper," which features Emperor, is coarser, with harder percussion and a bassline that churns threateningly underneath. They then break off from 170 BPM with the brittle "Sunday Crunk," a welcome hip-hop diversion loaded with chirpy analogue synth work. It's a nice gesture away from the status quo.