Rudimental, Toast to our Differences, review: pleasant parts, but rarely more than the sum of them

Rudimental: pop homogeneity
Rudimental: pop homogeneity Credit:  Dean Chalkley

The harsher the times, the more feelgood the music? If so, then London quartet Rudimental may be the defining British band of this turbulent era. Their third album, Toast to Our Differences, is a defiantly upbeat blend of summer dance beats and optimistic pop choruses; a melting pot of soul, gospel, hip hop, reggae, soca, tropical house and drum and bass. Their clean, digital sound, incorporating electronic programming and live instrumentation, is roughed up with analogue attitude, involving lovely flourishes of horns and organ.

Since surfacing in 2012, Rudimental have enjoyed consistent success, with two number one albums and three number one singles (as well as seven more top 30 hits). They...

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