"Can't Stop the Prophet," on the other hand, is the opposite of straightforward. Beginning with a tentative snatch of strings and bells, with echoes of RZA's Ghost Dog soundtrack, the beats evolve from tentative MPC taps into swaggering boom-bap, and then into full-on drum & bass. The real surprise is the source of the screwed vocal early in the track. I won't give it away, but to make that sound like this is remarkable.
"My Light, My Love" is the record's most unusual track, corralling scads of worn samples into a loping 6/4 time signature. Again, the color and timbre of the sounds reminds me of Pepe Bradock; so does the elegance. As busy as it is, it's never ungainly. Finally, with "The Sale Ends," Lustman returns to UK garage, a frequent stop on his stylistic tours. Compared to the tough, sharp-toothed cuts on last year's Phreqaflex EP, this one's smoother and shufflier, with feathery hi-hats doing most of the rhythmic work.