In the summer of 2008, Katy Perry burst onto the scene with 'I Kissed A Girl,' Coldplay released Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and Joseph Mount's electronic act Metronomy was preparing to release Nights Out. That manic dancefloor LP ended up on a number of year-end lists, fueled principally by jittering jams like 'My Heart Rate Rapid' and nostalgia-drenched cuts such as 'A Thing For Me.' The framework was laid for the group's successful 2011 follow-up, Mercury Prize-nominated seaside saunter The English Rivera, and the less-successful dabble into psych-rock on 2014's Love Letters. Perhaps it was this slight misstep that has Mount looking into the not-so-distance past on the group's new record, Summer 08.

It certainly seems like an odd thing to do -- searching for nostalgia in a time only eight years in the rearview. But that is likely part of the joke Mount is staging here, as he seems to be making a lighthearted jab at our society's obsession with getting über-nostalgic in pop music (see: the disco revival, amongst dozens of other examples). There is also some seriousness though as well. Think how much you've changed since 2008. Eight years is actually a long time within our compact little existences and Mount is looking back on the days before he was touring the world and had people excessively examining his art. (Sorry, Joseph.)

But perhaps I'm muddying up the situation because, honestly, Summer 08 is about having fun and boy is it. The slick groove of 'Back Together' initiates the proceedings, as Mount's distinct voice covers both roles of an imagined attempt to set up a dinner date. It is hard not to crack a smile, and that smile becomes even harder to erase as the album moves forward.

Lead single 'Old Skool' features all the hallmarks of a modern pop hit -- warbling synths, tinny percussion, sensual vocals. It is also the best (and funkiest) take on bougie West End culture since 'West End Girls,' which I'm sure was in the back of Mount's mind when he constructed the track. Mix Master Mike, of Beastie Boys fame, shows up at the end just to tweak the track with a little more of the titular old-school edge.

The Robyn-featuring ballad/skittering disco bounce (honest, that's what it is) 'Hang Me Out To Dry' focuses on a late night ride with a lover, maybe even in the '99 Honda Insight from the Nights Out album cover. 'Night Owl' borrows some of the smoothness of The English Rivera to craft an atmospheric jam that erupts into a mid-tempo funk to close. The album finishes on 'Summer Jam,' an appropriately titled capper that takes a reflective look in the mirror. It feels like the proper finish to the album and the concept Mount set out for with this record.

Summer 08 is frontloaded with meaty grooves and Mount's signature wit. The album slows down and becomes more pensive on its backend, but it is still one hell of a pop record with a pretty novel concept residing at its core. Mount remains an exceptional musical craftsman, who continues to shift and change and toy with his formula, which is proven to result in fun listens like Summer 08.