It may be all of 4 tracks and 27 minutes long, but Pour Le Plasir’s Tin Machine EP is the closest we’ve come to a movie soundtrack. The film is Midnight Express: Legacy, in which Shia Labouf goes in search of his long-lost computer-animated heroin dealer father in a plot largely jerry-rigged to provide lots of slick music video montages.
Because with analogue synthy house this throbbing and tense, why would you risk letting something like story getting in the way of the sensory overload?
This movie moves in alternating sequences of drug-delerium hedonism and moments of vein-ripping suspense.
So Tin Machine, the opener, is all perpetual energy and fluid tracking shots, beats coalescing into a beautifully poised strut while an acid-funk synth bassline carves cocaine shapes in the air. But then The Movie is all hissing sewer grills, human silhouettes blown up to cinematic proportions by menacing car headlights, nervy walks down alleyways where our protagonist senses darting figures darting in his/her peripheral vision.
It kicks back in at the moment where the 1970s filmstock turns into a computer game and the characters go raving in a shared lucid dream. That’s Girly Hole - all futuristic and nostalgic and pulverising to the soul.
You thought Blue Tapes didn’t do bangers. You got us all wrong.
So very wrong.
When the credits roll over C-T we get gripping, Ligeti-like piano licks matched to an impervious titanium beat (think Eyes Wide Shut, if Tom Cruise’s wet yuppie-swinger was The Terminator).
This is our second vinyl release and first proper EP. Pour Le Plaisir has released 14 records previously on the Moleskine Records label.