Published May 20, 2014Fantastic Playroom, the debut from New Young Pony Club, was a minor success due to the inclusion of four previously-released zeitgeist-confirming singles ("Ice Cream," "The Get Go," "Get Lucky" and "The Bomb"). But when it came time to record a new batch of tracks for their sophomore LP, it became apparent that the London dance crew worked better when given their proper space. After a four year hiatus and a name change, Tahita Bulmer and Andy Spence test out this theory on their third, eponymous release, NYPC.
Releasing two singles in the two preceding years, the vulnerable "You Used to Be a Man" and the assertive "Hard Knocks," NYPC doesn't contain the major club bangers that their debut possessed, but they have gotten much better at writing filler, as the excellent pulsating, sample-laden "Sure as the Sun" and the Blondie-esque "I Came Through for You" prove. NYPC is a far cry from the masterpiece the duo needed to catapult them into superstardom, but it certainly buys them a few more years of relevancy. (The Numbers)