Time to shelve the Scritti Politti, but let's squeeze in one more. I'm going straight to one of the great comebacks in music. In 1999, Scritti Politti released 'Anomie & Bonhomie' with little fanfare. There were a handful of Green Gartside sightings in the ensuing years, but there wouldn't be a full-length album again until 2006.
It was a homecoming of sorts. Scritti Politti returned to Rough Trade for the first time since the debut album in 1982. The new music was certainly a reflection of those early days. The slick production of the Virgin years was replaced with a more lo-fi and stripped-down approach. "The Boom Boom Bap," the only single from 'White Bread Black Beer,' would have fit in nicely on 'Songs to Remember' nearly a quarter century earlier. The album was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Mercury Music Award.
Here is the lone single. In a sign of the times, the song didn't chart. By 2006, however, that wasn't exactly a sign of success anyway, was it? As far as I can tell, the two songs that accompanied the "The Boom Boom Bap" were previously unreleased. Neither song can be called "pop," but I think you will find "The Last Time I Looked" an interesting take on both kinds of music, country and western. I won't comment on the last song except to identify the rapper as Skillz.
Scritti Politti - The Boom Boom Bap (mp3)
Scritti Politti - The Last Time I Looked (mp3)
Scritti Politti - Hands Up (mp3)