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cut hands - Black Mamba (Single)
*This is a vinyl-only release; first edition in full picture sleeve with original artwork by Mimsy DeBlois* Lash down your pets and daughters: William Bennett's back with a new Cut Hands EP - and it's a monster. 'Black Mamba' heralds an imminent new album and boldly furthers the Whitehouse provocateur's obsessions with the virility of African and Haitian vaudou drum rituals. As you really should know by now, his debut album as Cut Hands (following 30 years of seminal noise evolutions as Whitehouse) was one of 2011's most striking, hailed invariably by the likes of Fact magazine and the Wire as a major triumph and spawning one of the most compelling live shows we've witnessed in years. 'Black Mamba' takes the aesthetic to a logical extreme: pure percussion. That's it, nowt else; a battery of roiling, bilious strikes and darting polyrhythmic flurries delivered with coiled swerve and coded cadence implying something unspoken, but instinctively understood. 'Krokodilo Phase' on the other hand, is it's inverse relation. For anyone who's seen the Vice TV film on Russians addicted to the titular moonshine substitute for heroin, and its decomposing effects; it's inextricable from the imagery, exhibiting a fascinating ambient flipside to the Cut Hands oeuvre. Already sold out at source and adorned with original vévé artwork by Mimsy DeBlois, it's another compelling salvo from Blackest Ever Black...