Tuesday, January 17, 2012

[VFSL101] Cut Hands – Afro Noise I CD (Album) 2011

Cut Hands – Afro Noise I
Label: Very Friendly – VFSL101, Susan Lawly – VFSL101
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK
Released: 23 May 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Experimental, African
Copyright (c) – Susan Lawly
Manufactured By – Cargo (2)
Distributed By – Cargo (2)
Artwork [Vévé Art], Liner Notes – Mimsy DeBlois
Mastered By – Denis Blackham
Producer, Written-By, Liner Notes – William Bennett
Instruments: Djembes, Doundouns, Ksings, Acoustic Drums, Microphones, Brass, Eko M-20, Alesis Airsynth, Alesis AirFX, Yamaha G10, Roland Juno-106, Roland Jupiter 8.
Recorded from 2003 to 2011 in Edinburgh, London, New York.
Released with a 16pp booklet with "special texts" (liner notes) and vévé artwork.

1 Welcome To The Feast Of Trumpets 2:03
2 Stabbers Conspiracy 5:58
3 Rain Washes Over Chaff 4:12
4 Nzambi Ia Lufua 2:39
5 Who No Know Go Knows 4:08
6 ++++ (Four Crosses) 3:00
7 Backlash 1:54
8 Shut Up And Bleed 4:29
9 Munkisi Munkondi 5:01
10 Impassion 3:01
11 Ezili Freda 3:42
12 Bia Mintatu 6:51
13 Rain Washes Away Every Thing 2:38

Whitehouse's William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as Cut Hands. 'Afro Noise' is (surprisingly) relatively short on Noise, but heavy on the African rhythms which form the core of the majority of tracks. The drums are largely suffused and rendered with spacious, industrial-sounding reverbs but played with a polyrhythmic, African sleight of groove which has completely got our attention, while the noise element is well tempered and ranges from atmospheric texturing to immersive drones and even more symphonic electronics. We've not had a chance to spend long with this but it's genuinely impressive from initial listens. Make sure to check the samples! TIP!

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