Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It's Blitz

Three years on from their last release, Karen O and friends have returned in hope of reclaiming the title of "New York's coolest band". If they succeed, the victory will not have been won in rock clubs, but on dance floors. In the time between this album and the muted reception that greeted 2006's Show Your Bones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have almost completely ditched their crushing guitars in favour of hedonistic synths and pounding disco rhythms. The first track, Zero, in which O orders the listener to "get your leather on" over a growling electronic riff, makes for a powerful opener. At first the follow-up, Heads Will Roll, seems to revisit old territory with Nick Zinner's unmistakable guitar work at centre stage, but it's not long before a huge fuzzy synth line takes over. A highlight is Shame and Fortune, where Zinner once again shines. However there are moments when things begin to feel slightly generic and the new sound fails to achieve anything beyond harking back to the worn-out electroclash fad of a few years ago. But what this album does effectively is remind us what the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are capable of as a band. Particular praise should go to the drummer Brian Chase, who holds these songs together. It's Blitz's greatest success, however, is reclaiming the energy of the band's debut. Unlike the more reflective sophomore release, this is a record full of atmosphere, aided by the infectious yelps and sparkling attitude that made so many people fall in love with O and co in the first place.

The Roundup : No Way Out

Director: Lee Sang-yong
Stars: Don Lee, Lee Jun-hyuk, Munetaka Aoki
Rating: 3/5

Alita: Battle Angel

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keean Johnson

Four stars

Anti-semitic attacks

The annual report by the Community Security Trust, which advises the Jewish community on security , warned on Thursday that anti-Semitic incidents in Britain had reached a record high.

It found there had been 2,255 anti-Semitic incidents reported in 2021, a rise of 34 per cent from the previous year.

The report detailed the convictions of a number of people for anti-Semitic crimes, including one man who was jailed for setting up a neo-Nazi group which had encouraged “the eradication of Jewish people” and another who had posted anti-Semitic homemade videos on social media.

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Company name: myZoi
Started: 2021
Founders: Syed Ali, Christian Buchholz, Shanawaz Rouf, Arsalan Siddiqui, Nabid Hassan
Based: UAE
Number of staff: 37
Investment: Initial undisclosed funding from SC Ventures; second round of funding totalling $14 million from a consortium of SBI, a Japanese VC firm, and SC Venture

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Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices