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....

The Limehouse Link

8 / 10 The Limehouse Link is a road tunnel in east London, and the debut Mucho Macho album that bears its name is every bit as busy. In fact, this pile-up of slapping big beats, quacking electronica and post-club urban noir vibes is as fine a driving soundtrack as it is an excuse to stay in and lollop unabashedly round your living room, wishing all dance music was as much fun as this.

That's not to this East End duo's discredit in any way: for what Mucho Macho 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, Mucho Macho 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 Mucho Macho's John Barryish string swathes. The party is here, all right: but so's the scary journey home.

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