Richie Egan a.k.a. Jape is onto his fifth full-length which, though admittedly not having heard much of his work until now, is still a surprise to this writer. ‘This Chemical Sea’ finds him, err, progressing into something more approaching beatifically-driven pop familiarity. Right from the off ‘Seance of Light’ finds Egan in grooved-out, uncomplicated electropop mode a la Hot Chip. Follower track ‘The Hearts Desire’ is an altogether memorable and hooky affair; Egan using his CD collection to unearth some of his favorite New Order/baggy-house moments. Elsewhere, ‘Breath of Life’ is five minutes of circler, psyche-beat grogginess, and ‘Love On the Crest of a Wave’ brings back the dance-pop accessibility in busy polyphony sci-fi funk form.