Friday, May 9, 2014

Cut Hands

I can't seem to get enough of the intense and incredible new sounds from power electronics innovator William Bennett (Whitehouse). He's been brewing up a potent and hypnotic blend of African tribal grooves and darkly esoteric Vodun-inflected ambience in his newest project, Cut Hands.

Although quite different from Whitehouse's dense sonic excursions into noise terrorism, Cut Hands is perhaps as confrontational as it's musical predecessor. One is forced into rhythmic copulation with the trance-inducing beats. Like the imagery surrounding Cut Hands suggests, listening to these tracks feels like an initiation into some primal Vodun cult.

I highly recommend any of Cut Hands' releases. As a bit of a primer, here is a video of a live DJ set from William Bennett performing as Cut Hands at Berlin's Boiler Room:

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