The retro jazz grooves which open The Internet's new record on 'Come Together' throw you straight into the funky world the band inhabit. It's as smooth as a bar of dairy milk. The bass lines roll as the vocals grow to a crescendo and then slowly wash out again. It's a solid statement of intent for this record that The Internet are back and still have some of the best beats around.

'Roll (Burbank Funk)' is pure energy and while the record demonstrates Steve Lacy's vocals more than Ego Death ever did, this is a record that really unites the individuals in the group and despite it's considerable length it proves to The Internet's most cohesive album yet.

It's due to that same length that Hive Mind really demands repeated listening. There's so much to absorb that it's easy to get lost at first.

Shaking 'La Di Da' is a percussion heavy heat-wave of a track that's easily one of the best on the record. Spoken interludes give these tracks a classic retro feel and while they contain many of the same elements no two tracks sound alike. After having made their respective solo albums the members of The Internet are accomplished in their own right and this experience ensures that Hive Mind never sounds like a band experimenting, happy to simply do what they're best at.

The middle of the record is where the haze starts to set in, during these more R 'n' B influenced tracks like 'Next Time / Humble Pie' pulses of electro glaze the surface of down-tempo bass lines and Syd's sultry vocals. It's as if they've been in the kiln a little too long.

Vocally the play off between Steve Lacy and Syd is stunning. Syd has a sexy soulful voice which has an almost whispered rasp behind it. On 'Look What U Started' she's center stage and powerful as ever as she rebukes a lover for misdeeds "Girl, you know what you did, look what you started".

The exception to this largely dull second half is 'Beat Goes On' which feels like walking through a western ghost town. Lacy's vocal here is on point with a nasally twang which perfectly suits the syncopated rhythm of the first half before morphing into a smooth drawn out drawl for the final two minutes of drum 'n' bass inspired beats.

While this album contains lessons in how to make a veritable buffet of sounds work together and some of the finest production of the year which makes Hive Mind crisp and clear throughout, it has peaks and valleys. Just like its Grammy nominated predecessor it's a record that shows what The Internet do is more than just nostalgia tinged throwback tunes. Rather than fall in love with this record from the get-go it needs a little airing and breathing time to get to grips with the finer notes, but it's sure to keep you coming back.