The Limehouse Link
[B]The Limehouse Link[/B] is a road tunnel in east London, and the debut [a]Mucho Macho[/a] album that bears its name is every bit as busy....
That's not to this East End duo's discredit in any way: for what [a]Mucho Macho[/a] may lack in musical forward travel, they more than make up for in pure, driving movement. As their sly Beasties cap-doff of a name suggests, [a]Mucho Macho[/a] are well playful: unashamed of slapping club-bunny squelches on to fat beats on tracks like 'Lightning', or conjuring up daft salsa-techno workouts with names like 'SKOOBY'.
Yet for all the sprung-heeled sensibilities of their best known efforts (like 'The Airport Freeze', or 'Rap Is Really Changing': both excellent singles of last year) the jump-up mood of this album is increasingly offset by the dark, Lo-Fi's-style heebie-jeebies of 'You Will Burn' and the lingering melancholy of [a]Mucho Macho[/a]'s John Barryish string swathes. The party is here, all right: but so's the scary journey home.
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