Release Date: Apr 14, 2009
Record label: Paper Bag
Genre(s): Electronic, Rap
Two Fingers is the collaborative project of electronica heavyweights Amon Tobin and Joe "Doubleclick" Chapman. Though they're primarily known for their broken beat and drum 'n' bass releases, it becomes apparent early in the album that the two want to push their sound in a new direction. Lead-off track Straw Men samples the Turtles' Happy Together. [rssbreak] After that, Tobin and Chapman weave dancehall, hard synths and even grime elements, showcasing enough multi-textured subtlety to appeal to a range of audiences.
Amon Tobin, Timbaland disciple! Who would've thought? The last time I paid any attention to this Ninja Tune fixture, he was making music for video games, which seemed like a pretty good reason to stop paying attention. Now he's teamed up with the British drum and bass producer Doubleclick to make a quick little album of apocalyptic slash-and-burn rap futurism, with 1999-vintage Timbo as their spirit animal and an actual one-time Tim protégé on board for a couple of tracks. So yeah, now they've got my attention.
Undaunted by the failures of other spotlight producer collabos like Jay-Z & R. Kelly, or Dangerdoom, UK Breakbeaters Amon Tobin and Joe "Doubleclick" Chapman have teamed up under the suggestive Two Fingers moniker. Together, Tobin and Chapman stretch their well-earned post-jungle prod skills around club rap frames, re-envisioning the rap environment as one born of some sinister future technology.