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T2 Trainspotting soundtrack review – choose better than memory lane

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Like its parent film, T2 Trainspotting’s soundtrack eschews cosy Cool Britannia nostalgia for something weirder and better. The original soundtrack was a sharp mix of cult classics and of-the-moment artists. Rather than get Blur and co back, Danny Boyle has called on a more leftfield lineup of young guns, the likes of Mercury-winning Edinburgh alt hip-hop trio Young Fathers, Brixton scuzz rockers Fat White Family and deliciously demented Irish rappers Rubberbandits. The classic side of things is held up by Queen, Run Dmc, Blondie and more, with the whole bookended by Trainspotting’s biggest tracks reborn: a mad-dog Prodigy remix of Iggy’s Lust for Life and Underworld’s Slow Slippy. In our retromaniac world, it might not attain the original’s classic status, but it’s all the better for its bravery.

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The Rubberbandits: comedy, prank CDs ... and the Ira

They're a hip-hop comedy duo from Limerick who rap about horses and terrorism. Is Britain ready for the Rubberbandits?

The Rubberbandits, I've been warned, only do interviews dressed in character. This partly explains why I find myself in a 15th-century Irish castle, in the company of two men wearing plastic bags on their heads. The characters – Blindboy Boatclub and Mr Chrome – may be fictitious, but their success is real enough. These pranksters turned chart-topping stars have taken Ireland by storm with their swaggering hip-hop comedy skits, weekly sketches on TV, and hugely popular online videos. Having notched up 25m YouTube views in total, they recently put together a pilot for Channel 4, which aired late last year, and are currently in the middle of their debut London run.

Faces concealed behind ripped polythene, the duo trade on drugged-up, feral underclass stereotypes. So when they take me on a tour of
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