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Two Fingers - Two Fingers

Two Fingers, Two Fingers

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

TWO Fingers is the work of Brazilian beat-adventurer Amon Tobin and Joe “Doubleclick” Chapman. Their eponymous album, featuring the likes of Sway, Ce’Cecile and Jade, is pretty darn cool.

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 ‘n’ bass to the template of hip-hop.

They then recruited vocalists such as Sway, Missy protege Ms Jade and dancehall legend Ce’Cecile. The result is a fusion of slick beats that merge hip hop and drum ‘n’ bass with a very urban vibe.

And while some of it is probably a little too dark and heavy for mainstream listeners, tracks such as Better Get That, featuring Ms Jade, and What You Know, featuring Sway, are really, really good.

Two Fingers dazzle, first and foremost, with their mixing capabilities, and in the way they have created music that transcends the genres it sound-checks.

The beat-work, in particular, is great. It’s uncompromising, often brutal, yet utterly compelling. And the lyrics, too, are as hard-hitting and to the point as you might expect from the artists delivering them.

What You Know, for instance, offers seering commentary on the way young black men are treated, while That Girl takes a look at crazy girls who do too many pills.

There’s plenty to admire. Aside from What You Know and Better Get That, check out album opener Straw Men (another Sway classic), the Eastern influences of Keman Rhythm and Jewels And Gems and Doing My Job, which out-sassies Missy Elliott.

Download picks: Straw Men, What You Know, Better Get That, Jewels And Gems, Doing My Job

Track listing:

  1. Straw Men
  2. What You Know
  3. Better Get That – Two Fingers & Ms. Jade
  4. Two Fingers
  5. That Girl
  6. Keman Rhythm – Two Fingers
  7. Jewels And Gems
  8. Bad Girl – Two Fingers & Cecile
  9. High Life
  10. Doing My Job – Two Fingers & Ms. Jade
  11. Not Perfect
  12. Moth Rhythm – Two Fingers