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Renaldo & The Loaf – The Elbow Is Taboo

This is a track that first surfaced on the ‘Hambu Hodo’ EP; then on the 1987 album of the same name. By this point the bands sound had morphed, partly down to the equipment they started using; namely their heavy use of a drum machine which is relied upon heavily throughout the album. Many, many handclaps pepper this track, recalling the sound of Electro which was waning into the background as House music was making its entrance. However, this is very different music to Electro; and the fact that the drum machines so reminiscent of that electronic music takes a central role in the strange world of Renaldo & The Loaf makes for an even stranger listening experience. There is also a decidedly European (mediterranean?) feel to this music, lending it a touch of the nostalgic and familiar in amongst the oddness. Renaldo M’s vocals on this track reach almost feminine realms, exhibiting an astounding range and demonstrating an ability to deliver beauty, rather than Residents-like shrill insanity. This is a lovely track, and has a sound particular to this band, at this time.

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