7" £5.99 NNF227
7" on Not Not Fun.
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Following two albums and a split 7" of classic horror movie score homages, Matt Hill is back on Not Not Fun and switches up his style for a 7" of four tracks featuring his unique take on the relatively untrawled terrain that is the cop movie soundtrack. To begin, you simply cannot hold back a huge grin when you glance at the sleeve with its comical Beverly Hills Cop/Ghostbusters collage. Then the needle hits the wax and we're at 'Put An APB On Those Bastards' and again it's a smiler. It takes me back to sitting on the couch at my family home as a child and watching stuff like that TV show Chips. Now, on the surface, this sort of hypnagogic (I'll be sure to punch myself repeatedly in the face for using that term) concept/ pastiche seems novelty and possibly throwaway if it wasn't for the fact that these are actually good tunes that can hold their own. Sure you can visualize car chase montages and donut-filled stake out's but mostly when the main melody drops on the opener I'm reminded of punching the air as a child while listening to the Rocky soundtrack. A thrilling experience which should never be underestimated. "Common Street Trash' meanwhile is melodramatic, like the window into a cop's soul? I mean all he like, wants man, is to clean up the streets! It's an emotive little ditty with Hill's on the money synths and it also recalls some of Jerry Goldsmith's finer moments. 'Going Rogue' fuels the drama with suspense-inducing piano and dramatic strings. 'Illegal Entry With Intent To Zuul' expertly mines 80's soundtrack cheese with tongue-firmly-in-cheek whilst retaining integrity and a high level of compositional sophistication. A whole load of goofball fun - check the guitar solo! x Ant
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