Bayonne aka Roger Sellers’ last record Primitives made electronic beats warm through his folk roots which still had a firm grip on proceedings, but this time around his more classical roots take a back seat to loops and layers of instrumentals. The result is that his new record Drastic Measures possesses a fuller sound.

The title track, about the ills of a life on the road, has a sense of urgency built up through syncopated drum beats and these clanking pulses are the backbone of these tracks. ‘Drastic Measures’ is a delight of juxtapositions; Sellers’ self-denial comes through in the lines “Common sense should tell me that the ones I sin against /Say goodbye,” yet a sense of euphoric glee puts a smile on his face while he’s doing it.

The cruising dub rhythms of ‘I Know’ are feisty enough to snap your attention to it; while the surface is delightfully danceable, it’s the twinkles and handclaps that flit back and forth low in the mix that make you twitch along. This same quality runs through single ‘Uncertainly Deranged’; as Sellers’ smooth youthful voice battles with his head “See straight through me/ I know what you’re doing/ I don’t need to cut my head off/ but I couldn’t find you,” the rapid-fire delivery becomes a release of tension that’s at odds with the summery vibe of the instrumental – in a way that works to great effect.

While his debut may have been warm, it was also a calm affair. That sense of serenity is largely absent here, as Sellers’ emotions take hold. The kinetic energy of his constructions reflects that anxiety, while his desire to make his music more accessible has paid off in the bold tropical vibrancy of Drastic Measures.

Piano melodies sweep through the background of tracks like ‘Gift’, as if Ben Folds were hiding back there; these intricacies ensure Bayonne will have a place on many playlists this summer. Those classical roots are still there, but in a much more supportive fashion that adds a sort of intimate finesse to the pop.

Drastic Measures’ kaleidoscope of sound will undoubtedly charm you, as Sellers himself sings “she looks like a go-getter.”