From the first beat and bar of the album, C.G.'s finely tuned sonics tear relentlessly at the speaker fabric, with the strident, spiked synths of their Arnej collaboration Sometimes They Come Back For More leading the charge.
Hot on its heels is their new single, Be Your Sound, which sees Nic and Bossi re-teaming (after 2009's Not Enough Time) with IDMA-winning vocalist Emma Hewitt.
On Wake Your Mind vocals play an ever-greater part of their sound-design and the album sports some of their very best. Taking time out from his film & TV singer-songwriter activities (including work on Easy A & Grey's Anatomy), Cary Brothers provides the contemplative, low-fi, rock-ish refrain for the albumâ€™s outstanding title track.
Cathy Burton meanwhile applies serious uplift on Drifting Away, while Wake hits it euphoric high around the stabbed synths and up-rush of Over The Rainbow (vocalled by South African singer J'Something). Scene darling JES supplies the can't-miss vocal hook to Flying Blind and at the other end of the tempo scale Australia's Alana Aldea provides from-the-heart lyrics and flawlessly articulated vocal lament to the slow burning Never Apart.