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Pussyfoot: Suck It and See (Pussy, double CD/LP). Authentically sleazy and cheesy collection of ambient-ish tracks on a sexual theme, by Howie B and diverse hands under the banner of the cult Pussyfoot collective. Seventies porn-movie samples (including dialogue), lounge-music sofa-snogging anthems, emphatically messy kitsch theme-tunes, and a guiding template that stretches from soggy techno to throbbing drum and bass make this a hot-date soundtrack that only the very brave or foolhardy will be willing to risk. The pressing plant evidently considered this recording to be so obscene that they remain anonymous. Tosmio Nakanishi's faux-naif artwork could well become collectable.

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