From its cheeky, nineties-nostalgic, possibly copyright-infringing title to its deliberately obdurate track names, MJ Linckoln's latest piece de resistance, NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. 2, is clearly designed to provoke, amuse, and encourage waxing sentimental all at once. Still, there's a sense of careful devotion to the curated pop classics being subject to relentless death-by-sample here. The Top Gun love theme, 'Take My Breath Away' is mangled into repeating the stark phrase 'Watching every moment' until it becomes chillingly ominous, less a declaration of love than an obsessive stalker's desperate ruminations. Elsewhere, we find processed stadium cock-rock, warped VHS synth drone, and mutilated bedroom-eyes R&B, as if run through an industrial mixer and recorded on the other end. Despite the title, this album is eighties-fi through and through, a Dayglo Lamborghini exploding beneath a fluorescent Southern California sun wearing shades, and the obvious affection for the source material here once again proves that you can destroy what you admire and still remain true to its living, pulsing spirit.
Stream: MJ Linckoln - NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 2