This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):
I keep reading that the whole Big Beat / electronica boom is dead. Apparently, nobody bothered to tell Lo Fidelity Allstars about their demise. The London foursome are still very much alive — and up to their old tricks on Don’t Be Afraid of Love, the sequel to their 1998 winner How to Operate With A Blown Mind.
Fittingly, the Allstars set out to blow your mind once again on this 12-tracker built from block-rockin’ beats, infectious grooves and soul-powered samples from way in the back of the crates. And let’s not forget some inspired guest vocals from Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli (who takes you to Erotic City on Somebody Needs You) and funketeer Bootsy Collins (whose starchild vocals are the perfect complement to the woozy electro-soul of On The Pier). Put it all together and you’ve got a treat for mind, booty and soul. Nothing to fear here.