Maybe it's the number of shots of Bombay Sapphire he likes straight up, or it might even be a symbolic temporary wave towards his past career, but on the basis of Stunt Rhythms, Amon Tobin's alter ego Two Fingers is capable of being much more than a casual distraction.
Whilst the Brazilian's forays into electronic music were crowned recently with an encyclopaedic feeling, retrospective box set, his latest departure proves to be an unlikely renaissance in the fare more urban fields of dirty, ultra low-end bass and elastic, snake-like breaks. It's hard to convey the effect without the music to listen to, but probably the best allegorical effort we can make here at Contact Towers is by asking you to imagine a space hopper blown up by a pair of predatory sub woofers. There. Now you have it.
A project which Tobin first surfaced under the auspices of an eponymous track contributed to 2010's now almost legendary Ninja Tunes 20th Anniversary compilation, the premise remains as cunningly simple now as then. With a return to making club orientated music for people who like to spend their weekends having their internal organs re-arranged, the emphasis is on bending shades of dubstep, techno and even juke into "dance" tunes that are something still proudly a little off centre.
Continue reading: Two Fingers - Stunt Rhythms Album Review
I felt very lucky to visit Manchester to witness Brazilian musician Amon Tobin's 'ISAM' tour. Amon Tobin has spent most of his life in the UK amongst a free thinking electronic landscape that paved the way for many progressive and compelling releases. His recent 'ISAM' album has a tour, 'ISAM' live, that certainly continues Tobin's standing as a pioneer, innovator and contemporary artist.
Continue reading: Amon Tobin, Islam Live, Manchester Academy, 19 May 2012 Live Review
In the early days of Ninja Tune, Amon Tobin was one of the labels brightest artists. Sampling obscure vinyl to create a jazz collage, he defined himself as a staple of the Ninja roster. Now 14 years and seven albums later he's jettisoned his familiar beats to create a 'sound sculpture' with new record ISAM. While less of an aural assault than similar records from the likes of Aphex Twin, ISAM requires a certain amount of patience to make sense of its meandering melodies.
Continue reading: Amon Tobin, ISAM Album Review