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Two Fingers

  • Two Fingers [Paper Bag, 2009] ***
  • Stunt Rhythms [Big Dada, 2012] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Two Fingers [Paper Bag, 2009]
Attention Amon Tobin: when a beatmaker's hip-hop bid peaks with an instrumental, there's probably a piece missing ("Keman Rhythm," "Straw Man"). ***

Stunt Rhythms [Big Dada, 2012]
At my usual loss when attracted to an electronic dance album, I sought out reviews to see what I could crib, and never got past the Pitchfork 5.6 I started with. Chicago Reader staffer turned Brooklyn freelancer Miles Raymer, thanks for providing lingo I can spin. "The brainy, meticulous knob twiddler [i.e. Amon Tobin, who did another album I liked under this slumming moniker] might be having a laugh at the expense of his own reputation as a brainy, meticulous knob twiddler"? Keep a smile on your face, Amon. "It's like flipping through the sketchbook of a respected conceptual artist only to find it full of expertly rendered pornographic cartoons"? Reminds me of a painter pal who in the '60s did a whole slipcase of polarized bicolor sex silkscreens--some lovely, some gross, all yummy. "The unmistakable trademarks of Americanized dubstep"? I'll leave that one to my aesthetic advisor Carola Dibbell, who enjoys this CD even more than me but observes, "He's not as good as Skrillex, though." A-