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William Bennett's excellent Cut Hands project continues to gain momentum as he once again simultaneously releases two albums this week. Volumes 1 and 2 sold out double-fast so I'd imagine these will do the same. I'm listening to Volume 3 and it's got the fevered percussive electronics I was expecting, cutting out tribalistic and supremely danceable beats in a cascading, crunching thrill ride. It's quite minimal but all the sounds are engineered for maximum impact; the bass drum booms hugely, the hats dink metallicly...
...Woah, no sooner did I say it was quite minimal but Bennett spat a bite-sized portion of obnoxious electronic noise scree worthy of his former band right in my face on 'No Spare No Soul', that melts into a tumbledown slurry of digi-fucked vocals and wildly triggered samples before straightening itself up and getting back on with business like nothing happened. It happens again before the track is out, eventually succumbing to the chaos entirely for an extended final section, and with the mid-tempo rhythms it's almost like a really fucked up hip-hop instrumental.
It's experimental, but it's danceable too, 'Madwoman' closes this set and previously appeared on a 12", it's all high-pitched dentist-drill drones, 303 bleeps and fast paced rhythmic chaos but its hard-pumping rhythms are impossible to ignore and infectiously groovy. It's confrontational party music. It says have a party or fuck off.
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