Some moments of Rooster are so silly that they almost sound deranged. It's hard not to smile during the ridiculous "Saysah!"—a kitschy Far Eastern synth line wiggles around exaggerated synths and bursts of glitter, every new element adding another level of delirium. Such a relentlessly carefree nature could wear down even the coldest heart.
This is Rooster's modus operandi, but Jenkins' talent isn't just in making goofy faces. He backs it up with killer production values and a mile-a-minute songwriting approach that fills each track to the brim with detail. And they go to genuinely unexpected places. "Chant" starts out as an unholy mix of 8-bit bleeps, squelchy basslines and cheap synth horns, before Jenkins slides some tablas in and the track unexpectedly veers towards Indian instrumentation. "Stuck In The Muddle" uses a similar sound palette, starting out as some sort of rural jig before morphing into another cheerful dance track. Then there's "Pull Your Rug Away," an uplifting chant marked with squirmy synthesizers and rolling tribal drums. Though it clocks in at 22 minutes, Rooster has more meat than plenty of dance music full-lengths.