Tri-Angle aren’t a label for the feint of heart. North Carolina based producer Hanz melds the sound of Death Grips, raw free form punk energy of This Heat into a loose hip hop production mentality. Sampling without any rules. Ranging from heavy head nodding of Count to the disconcerting The History Of.
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Having just released Roly Porter’s destructive LP Third Law, Tri Angle decide that they haven’t provided enough of an audio battering to the ears of their followers. Enter the choppy productions of US audio subverter Hanz, who, by the looks of things, has made it onto wax for the first time with this here Reducer record.
His hard, fuzzy-edged sound instantly recalls the distorted beats of Shit & Shine, the Black Dog and Blanck Mass, but with a significant hip-hop edge thanks to heavy sampling (lots of vocal chops) and an easygoing pace that edges on dub at times. In fact, the majority of drums are also cut like the vocal segments; breaks sporadically materialise onto your left side before appearing in a more twisted form seconds later to your right. At any moment, the sound stage could explode or collapse, both holding an equal intensity throughout and leading to much head nodding and fist smashing. Music for manic welders and angry nighthawks.
Little melodic elements such as cinematic strings or synth blips peek through the snarling exterior, offering a much-needed layer of depth which pushes it above other similarly noisy, beaty cuts. It’s this delicious production that is just astonishing, with so many disparate sounds coming together in a melee of effects to build a common groove, and this my friends is where Hanz has succeeded.
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