Two Fingers up and out.
KING CANNIBAL SHOUTS…
Regular Gods Of War contributor Doubleclick is on the rampage. The debut album by Two Fingers ( his & Amon Tobin‘s new collaborative project ) is OUT NOW on digital formats, and oh boy is it a banger. Obviously he is too modest for self promo boasting (and no doubt far too busy too) so i’m doing it on his behalf.
Featuring guest vocals from Sway, Ms. Jade & Ce’Cile i have to honestly say it is the best and most interesting album i’ve heard in a long time. Combining dirty reece lines, huge cinematic swoops and intricate drum programming all under pinning the best rhymes Sway has delivered since his first few releases. YOU NEEEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. I’d also add the next 12″ is a total banger too with a great remix by Spor.
March 30th: MP3/WAV, UK/Europe (OUT NOW)
April 6th: CD & vinyl, UK/Europe
April 14th: CD, MP3/WAV & vinyl, US/Canada
Other vendors include:
AUDIOJELLY.COM (320 kb/s)
JUNODOWNLOAD.COM (320kb/s, 192kb/s & WAV)
iDJ Magazine, 8/10
Hip-Hop Connection, 4/5
Q Magazine 4/5
Press Release :
Imagine if Timbaland were kidnapped and held hostage in a council flat in Tottenham. Imagine then, that elite robot agents aligned to the New World Order were sent into rescue him with laser cannons little knowing that the kidnappers were in fact an underground cell of benefit-cheat Jedi. Imagine hip hop recapturing the sheer brutality of classic-era Public Enemy without it becoming a retread. Imagine if “urban” music was made not for the charts but the heart. Imagine “Two Fingers”.
Two Fingers are Brazilian beat-adventurer Amon Tobin and Joe “Doubleclick” Chapman. The pair met when Tobin lived in Brighton and bonded over an interest in music that ran way beyond the boundaries of “electronica”. In Montreal they applied production techniques associated with UK styles like drum & bass to the template of hip hop. It was an experiment with explosive results. MOBO-winner Sway (now signed to Akon’s Konvict label in the US) heard what was brewing he was so taken with it, he flew straight out to Montreal and recorded seven tracks with them, showing a harsher, more serious side to his personality whilst offering wry social commentary on everything from the way young Black men are treated (“What You Know”) to crazy girls who do too many pills (“That Girl”). The remaining rhythms were voiced by sometime Missy protégé Ms Jade and dancehall legend Ce’Cile. A couple of instrumental rhythms were added and this, first stage of a continuing project, was complete.
“Two Fingers” is a project unlike anything that any of the three main players has ever made before, a unique, utterly uncompromising, brutal and beautiful record that could only have grown out of the UK and the internationalism of those involved. If it’s not hip hop as we know it, then nor is it drum & bass or grime. Like all the best music it transcends genre to stand on its own – icy, transcendent, brilliant.