Friday, 5 November 2010
There’s further advice on the B-Side as to how a girl can get a boy to love her, which involves making a paste out of his hair, spit, blood and nails, then...well, you’ll have to buy the record, and really, with tips like these included, how can you resist? Whacky samples do not a great record make, as you’ll know from many an average breakbeat or hip-hop tune, but twinned with the kind of musical imagination displayed here, they greatly enhance its charm as integral components rather than gimmicky add-ons. Yes, it’s part horror soundtrack too, but never overplays that clichéd source of inspiration. There are evocations (?) in Latin, and the kind of breathy terror Morricone might use, even the squawk of a crow somewhere in the background, but such commonly-used signifiers of fear are very restrained. Talking of restraint, the use of a double bass is also superb. All-in-all, an astounding record.