atm-twofingers

Their EP which I mentioned a while back has been turned into the LP! GAAAH! Two Fingers will be released in Canada April 14th. Of the reviews and descriptions I have read, none describes Two Fingers more accurately than Paperbag:

“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 “.


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I’ve described this project as well as the What You Know EP back in my last post, but here are some more tibits taken from the label Two Fingers is being released from, Paperbag Records–home to the likes of Montrealer CFCF, Sally Shapiro, Stars, and Matthew Barber:

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, brilliance.

Two Fingers chases you down the red brick walled alley, passing dumpsters, passing staircases, willing you to just give in to the tribal drums and the unrelenting bass lines. Darker and darker you go and it becomes clear that you just can’t escape the inevitability of such musical genius. You become encapsulated, never to return to the dark alley again where music was once bland, bitter, un-saccharine and could never really sound as good as it does now. Two Fingers is set to be one the best records of the year and is unquestionably on my best ofs for 2009.

To listen to more Two Fingers go to here.

I had a really tough time choosing what songs to put on here…so here are three songs outside of the ones on my other post. You can’t HELP but pop and lock on top of doing some crazy matrix moves, recoiling your body back back back as if the beats hammer into your body like bullets. Get ready to get GRIMEEEEEY!!!

I give Two Fingers – Two Fingers a 9.1 out of 10!

MP3: Two Fingers ft. Sway – Straw Men

MP3: Two Fingers ft. Sway – Not Perfect

MP3: Two Fingers – Keman Rhythm

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