It's good to open up. When your music has become defined by its insularity and exploration of overarching concepts, the sense of liberation felt when those artistic shackles are thrown off must be intensely uplifting. In learning to let go, James Welch has laid down the blueprint for a very promising career.

The man otherwise known as Seams released the Tourist and Sleeper EPs last year as a sort of mini-album to build anticipation for his full-length. We weren't to know it would still be more than a year in coming, but that can be explained by the fact that it showcases a side to his music that we'd only caught fleeting glimpses of before. Quarters, so named due to the Berlin-based producer living in 4 different neighbourhoods during the album's creation - is very much an album focused on the dancefloor.

Over the course of its 8 tracks, Welch explores a different approach to melody, allowing the new material to breathe in ways that his previous output could not. Take, for instance, the 3-note melody that forms the basis of 'Hurry Guests'; the track's focus on repetition and gradual development means that it often takes some more unexpected routes, constantly adding new elements to the mix and benefiting hugely from its creator's new-found adventurous streak.

There isn't a whole lot of room for meditative moments; the record as a whole is a beat-driven entity that doesn't usually allow for such things, but this works in its favour, as the more subdued 'Pocket' is able to stand out from the pack as a well-placed lull in proceedings before 'Sitcom Apartment' picks things back up with its confident groove and surprisingly playful sound.

It's clear that Welch is having fun creating this kind of music; while his output remains rooted in electronic tradition, it marks the next stage in his evolution and gives him plenty of options as to where to go next. His welcome fondness for gradually developing the tracks found on Quarters mean that they can sometimes stretch to 5, or even 6, minutes in length, but there are still only 8 tracks on the record, so there's no room for filler, and this is something Welch takes advantage of, creating a cohesive listen from start to finish.

His attention to detail is admirable - audible in the way penultimate track 'Rilo' fizzes with restless, percussive energy, sounding full and vibrant with not an inch of space wasted, and key to the denouement of closing track 'TXL'. The album's been put together in a meticulous manner, but never sounds too calculated. Far from it, in fact: if you like your electronica warm and vibrant, you can't go wrong with Quarters.