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- Afro Noise 2 by Cut Hands
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Now this is something I've been looking forward to for a very long time. This is of course William Bennett of Whitehouse fame working with his collection of traditional African instruments (Djembes, Doundouns, Ksings) along with brass, synthesizers, etc. A few Cut Hands tasters appeared on Bennett's blog and had been teasing me for some time so now this has finally landed it pleases me immensely. The Cut Hands sound is an extension of later Whitehouse stuff, especially the final album 'Racket' and also the Susan Lawly Extreme Music from Africa compilation which I suspected at first was Bennett mischievously working under pseudonyms, but I now reckon it is a genuine unearthing of legit artists.The primal/tribal rhythms are fantastic and the looming sense of tension is utterly gripping. All sorts of things spring to mind; tribal hunts, genocide, elephants and lions. It's a startling listen throughout, the product of four years studio work which clearly shows. A hypnotic, intense listening experience which is mostly physical but then there are some more cerebral soundscapes such as ++++ (Four Crosses). 'Backlash' has fast and heavy complex rhythms with swooping swarm-like synths. Very highly recommended.
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