The Aloof Sinking
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If The Aloof's first album, Cover The Crime, was a classic in terms of dubby-punky-finky-techno workouts, Sinking is the motorship. A riot of sun kissed dub, punky techno and variations on a tough but melodic theme, there's a variety of delights to be found between its grooves. Given the CVs and experience of The Aloof crew members (from long time DJ Dean Thatcher to Sabres Of Paradise cohorts Jagz Kooner and Gary Burns), this should come as no surprise. The hypnotic spin of Stuck On The Shelf sets the tone for much of what is to follow. There's an ace cinematic wash to some of the album's textures: Hot Knives At Lunchtime could have fitted with ease on to the Trainspotting soundtrack, while The Last Stand is as epic and grandstand as they come. Beyond the instrumentals, though, it's Ricky Barrow's lyrics and voice which pull you into the heart of the album. Downbeat songs about relationships gone wrong have never sounded so cool.