Django Django’s songs have a habit of running on the spot, all pumping arms and legs but an unchanging landscape. In grimmer hands, the effect might be the equivalent of a gym treadmill. But the London-based band invest their music with vibrant textures and psychedelic colours, a pulsating sense of animation. The deliriously enjoyable effect is encapsulated by the name of one of their new songs: “Headrush”.

This mix of galloping tempo and repetitive structuring has not moved on much from their self-titled debut, which came out in 2012. “It’s like a default,” they chorused back then, on a song called “Default”, as though setting the terms of engagement. The success of this formula is evidenced in the exuberance of their fourth album, Glowing in the Dark.

The foursome — bassist Jimmy Dixon, synth player Tommy Grace, drummer-producer David Maclean, guitarist-singer Vincent Neff — get underway with “Spirals”, a tribute to the double helix of DNA. The song revolves around a vibrant bassline and chanted refrains; musical life is duly generated. “Free from Gravity” heads into psych-pop heights with Brian Wilson-style vocals and the spacey electronic melodies of 1970s German kosmische Musik.

Charlotte Gainsbourg guests on “Waking Up”, a breezy pastiche of 1960s psychedelia. At times like this, the lure of the past threatens to pull the album backwards, but it manages to break free. “I need a space to breathe,” Neff sings on the title track over an oscillating techno tone and tight grid of dance beats, a deft tweak to their usual sound. “The speed of light is leaving us behind,” he adds. Django Django follow their own laws of motion.

★★★★☆

‘Glowing in the Dark’ is released by Because Music