DJ Tennis, AKA Manfredi Romano, has never exactly made sun-drenched music. But Local is even moodier than usual, especially the opener "Love Child," which features Rapture singer Luke Jenner doing his best Antony Hegarty impression, and "You Closed My Eyes," where Romano takes the mic himself. Each has a little of Romano's sublime "Monocraft (Your Love Is Alright)" in the play-off between synth and vocal. It's maudlin, yes, but with optimism glimmering beneath the surface. Neither is quite as effective as "Monocraft," though, perhaps because the latter's sliding guitar and the former's mournful organ make the tears fall a touch too freely.
More positive—and better—are the bona fide club tracks. "Ah! Isobel" is a simple stomp and bell lick that bursts into Henrik Schwarz-style synth noodling. It deserves some early hours festival love this summer. "Floating Boy (Self Portrait)" is techno with a growl, building from a flickering sub pulse to synths that intertwine like cobras emerging from a basket. "Williamsburg" is an ebullient closer, all Oni Ayhun synth squeaks over a bassline that wanders and squelches. This leaves the North Lake remix of "Anatomy" a rather uncalled for addition. Its synths shimmer like icicles in sunlight, but it's too emotionless to fit with how personal the rest of the record sounds.