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The Last True Family Man

Even after declaring, "Fatboy Slim is fucking in heaven", [a]Freddy Fresh[/a] remains the choice of the big beat obscurist....

The Last True Family Man

6 / 10 Even after declaring, "Fatboy Slim is fucking in heaven", Freddy Fresh remains the choice of the big beat obscurist. With 100 releases and a revered Essential Mix (105 tracks in two hours!) under his belt, if one desires the beat that is big but sneers at the populist, respect must be duly paid to Mr Fresh.

'The Last True Family Man' is teeming with the selfsame must-party 'vibe' that Fatboy Slim is touting and if it's a squelchy samplathon you're after, then it's all back to Freddy's. He'll be the one doing the conga with Norman.

Which is fine and dandy on the Shaft-goes-disco 'It's About The Groove' or the Fatboy-featuring 'Badder Badder Schwing' but 22 tracks on, it swiftly dawns that this is one bloke pissing around with a sampler.

Every track has a drum loop, every track has scratch squiggles, and every single sodding track has some bloke shouting, - and if it doesn't, it sounds like it ought to. No problem for 'It's A Latin Thing''s skewed space-funk. Cobblers on too much of the rest of it.

It ends with a barrage of cut-up voices. "Fantastic," proclaims one.

"I'm vomiting," rasps another.

Both sound about right.

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