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We’re not getting the LP of vocal versions in until next week but I’ve got this platter of Adrian Younge’s instrumentals for Ghostface Killah’s latest, ‘12 Reasons To Die’, here renamed ‘Dodici Ragioni Per Morire’ and given a Giallo-style sleeve design in homage to the music of Italian cinema produced by the likes of Goblin and Ennio Morricone and Fabio Frizzi.
These are superb instrumentals, too, with cut-up funk beats giving a lolloping J Dilla-esque feel in places, along with atmospheric analogue synths for that moody Italo vibe and touches of orchestral and even choral accompaniment. It’s a mixture of slinky blaxploitation funk, creepy film soundtracks and a lazy ‘90s trip-hop kind of sound, brilliantly effective in ‘I Nemici Tutti Intorno A Me’ with a twangy guitar refrain and distant warbling giving a feeling of bouncing KPM library grooves offset by smooth Portishead-ish darkness.
Okay, now I’ve discovered that the 2CD version we’ve got in the office has both versions so I’m listening to the vocal tracks now. This is great, lots of ‘70s-style soul warbling as well as Ghostface’s eloquent, percussive rhyming. It’s a great mixture of theatrical chills and laid back ‘90s summer hip-hop beats you’ll keep coming back to. Best thing he’s done in ages!
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