Hidden Hands Gold-purple
A two CD compilation from UK percussion-based ensemble Left Hand Right Hand including a selection of early releases (Hum Drum, Legs Akimbo, In Mufti) gathered together for the first time plus new tracks, live recordings and previously unreleased material.
Seem to occupy a grey area once inhabited by the likes of 23 Skidoo and early Clock DVA – a fusion of industrial, ethnic and Jazz, before dissolving into an unobstructed discovery of their own. Music from the Empty Quarter 1993
Formed in the mid 1980s, brothers Andrew and Tim Brown are the only constant members of the ensemble and have been joined over the years by a wide range of musicians in a number of line-ups. Featured on the release are longstanding current members Charlie Collins (Clock DVA, The Box) and Karl Blake (Lemon Kittens and Shock Headed Peters) plus Paul Ackerley (Zahgurim), Sally Doherty (The Sumacs), Lol Coxhill, David Knight (Arrkon), Derek Saw (Hornweb), Kathy Hulme (The Honkies) and percussionist Q (In the Nursery).
LHRH are like a snow globe, 20th Century subcultural sounds shaking atoms of blues and freeform, tribal rhythms and fractured funk, esoteric electronic and shortwave radio: signals from a distant planet partying as it collapses.
The two CD package - with recordings culled from UK, US and Italian labels -features new sleeve notes written by Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire and Wrangler).