If you’ve been keeping up with Amon Tobin’s activities over the past year-and-a-half or so, you’d know that he’s essentially taken up residence inside a mammoth cube structure, otherwise known as the centerpiece of his spectacular and groundbreaking ISAM Live performance. It takes a keen eye to notice it, but if you look closely, either during the performance itself, or at images online, you’ll see not only a toilet, but also a bed covered with, apparently, Spiderman bedsheets, in one of the cubes towards the back. I’ve always known that Mr. Tobin was dedicated to his work, but I think he might be taking things a bit far here…
I’m only kidding, of course. Amon Tobin is indeed dedicated to his work, but fortunately for his psychological well-being, he continues to embrace activities in the non-cube world. His hip-hop-tinged Two Fingers project began in 2009, and on October 8, the release of Stunt Rhythms via the Ninja Tune imprint Big Dada, will mark the project’s revival — well, mostly.
Whereas Two Fingers began as a collaboration between Tobin and British producer Joe “Doubleclick” Chapman, Stunt Rhythms is wholly the result of the former’s work. A press release describes the album as Amon Tobin’s “love letter to hip-hop,” with (as you might expect) powerful beats and heavy bass.
Also keeping with expectations, the release comes with some truly exceptional packaging options — first, there’s a limited edition “heavyweight, triple yellow vinyl” available only on the ISAM Live 2.0 tour, currently underway. Then there’s the “main run” of the 3LP release, available now, which comes in a beautiful baby blue. Both vinyl editions are held in a “triptych dye cut sleeve,” which doesn’t really mean anything to me, but it sounds fancy. October 8 marks the date of the 2CD release, which you can pre-order here.
Finally, the track “Fools Rhythm” is cited as the “model” for the album. Go here to listen to it. No bling required.
Stunt Rhythms tracklisting:
1.1. Stripe Rhythm
1.3. Defender Rhythm
1.4. Fools Rhythm
1.8. 101 South
1.10. Elmer Rhythm
1.11. Little Brat
1.12. Crunch Rhythm
1.13. Deep Jinx
2.1. Stude (feat. Peedi Crack and Chinko da Great)
2.2. Smurf (Instrumental)
2.3. Problem (feat. Lady Pharroh)
2.4. Crunch (feat. Peedi Crack and Chinko Da Great)
2.5. Form One
2.6. Rock Scissors
2.7. Smurf (feat. Brefontaine)
2.8. Stude (Instrumental)