Here, though, Aguayo's back to his sleazy roots, naming his new single after Walter Neff, the doomed Double Indemity character who ended the film dripping blood because of the sexual charms of a femme fatale. On "Walter Neff" Aguayo takes the movie's woeful seduction and internalizes it with lyrics about being "sick of this romance" and how "people lose their mind." Like the best pop songs, the lyrics are pretty vague. And pop music might be the best way to appreciate the track: Aguayo has used his fair share of muzzled grunts in the past, but "Walter Neff" sounds like he's humming along to a tune on the radio. It's catchy as hell. It's also weird as hell.
Born with a cowbell for a spine, "Walter Neff" has Aguayo spitting a variety of beatbox effects, with "doo doo DOO doo," "Oww Oww Oww" and a series of whooping used for melodies. The track is the complete opposite of Dave Aju's recent mouth experiments on Open Wide—Aguayo doesn't bother mimicking the sounds of instruments and the results are delirious, effective. Aguayo doesn't skimp on the b-sides either—"Rebolledo Style" sounds like a nice revision of DJ Koze's "I Want to Sleep," complete with the same anxious synth stabs and "Carter" is drenched with bone-dry hip-hop snares and hi-hats. In other words: A great way for both Aguayo and Kompakt to finish off the year.