AH YOU GUYS KILL ME. THE FILM, YOU see, is your typical retro-ish, low-life, crime-laden black comedy involving the procurement of two antique shotguns. It also includes a huge financial debt and recovery thereof by one Vinnie Jones.
But to all seemingly doomed adventures there must be an upside. And, Ocean Colour Scene notwithstanding, this compilation’s strength is that, for the most part, it exploits those essential moments in old-skool soul, ska and R&B that tap into your sense of nostalgia and make you wonder why you haven’t played this stuff for years.
Barefaced marketing strategy it may well be, but when you’re reacquainted with Junior Murvin’s timeless ‘Police And Thieves’ or Skanga’s utterly magnificent ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ and Dusty Springfield’s ‘Spooky’, you leave all cynicism aside while you wallow in simple, aural perfection. Meanwhile, those requiring some new-skool sophistication can turn to Belgian off-beat manglers Evil Superstars’ beautifully twisted, lo-fi Prince-funk on ‘Oh Girl’.
Sadly, the snippets of cod-cool East End dialogue that litter the album like ink blots remind you that this soundtrack is but a by-product of something far less exhilarating. Luckily, music always finds a way of speaking for itself.