Seasoned electro twosome Plaid have been around for over two decades altogether, and released a whole bunch of warm, wonky, and wholly listenable-- but never safe and predictable-- LPs via the pioneering Warp label (an imprint that first appeared around the same time as Plaid itself). New album, the curiously titled The Digging Remedy-- their seventh-- is another most rewarding and highly addictive listening pleasure, and features Benet Walsh on guitar and flute, allowing for a "more broader, gleaming sound".

Taking away the several motion picture soundtracks or whatever from their canon The Digging Remedy is the seventh studio album proper from Andy Turner and Ed Handley's Plaid project. Listening to the record I've been thinking how this one compares, in both sound and quality control, to the others that have come before it. To be honest, when it comes to Plaid's music, it's near impossible to come up with anything even approaching a clear answer here. And, you know what? This is kind of exactly how it should be. The sound is the same, the sound is different.

If anything though, The Digging Remedy sees Plaid in relaxed, approaching middle-aged, quietly cocksure mood, but not once looking like resting on its laurels. That would only go against the Plaid way of doing things.

'Single Do Matter' is a floating, slowly-appealing three-and-a-half minutes brooding electronic intrigue. After about the third listen I realised it actually has something of a current day Mogwai about its both flow and mood. The slanted, slightly wayward 'Dilatone', along with the more hyper 'Salvador', hark back to 2001 and 'Double Figure' era Plaid; all wonky puzzles and digitized, grimy curios. 'The Bee' and 'Yu Mountain' by comparison are friendly and immediate, their uplifting and idiosyncratic industrial-funk and playful shimmies, perhaps recalling moments heard on 1999's 'Restproof Clockwork'.

Things get a little more atmospheric and velvety-trippy for the final two tracks: 'Held' and 'Wen'. Subtle guitar licks and xylophone are felt hovering over, interacting majestically with a tricksy beat during the former; while crystalline guitar and a sweet, reflective mood washes over during the beatless, almost 'Not For Threes'-like latter tune.

My favourite track though occurs around the record's midpoint. 'Melifer' is a floaty mood swinger that bobs about and subtly turns almost without showing its hand; where click-y breaks and hazy, gentle guitar come together, giving it a kind of secret garden soundtrack quality. All lovably mysterious stuff.

You nearly always know what you're going to get with Plaid albums, but equally to miss them, to pass them up, is akin to passing up on some of those curious pleasures that make life so enjoyable, whatever these might be. So, you know what you must do; get digging The Digging Remedy.