Friedman and Liebezeit are back with the fifth instalment of the Secret Rhythms series. It's all about gnarly percussion and sultry, ethnic harmonics with this pair, and "240-11" is one of those wacky drum arrangements that only these two can conjure. The same goes for the rest of the LP: "130-11" breaks its drum pattern entirely to create a jittery, heads-down number; "105-09" goes on a sort of middle-eastern hip-hop flex with its rattling percussion and mystical acoustics; whilst "120-12" certainly pays homage to the dub school at which these two have certainly studied and passed with flying colours. Another essential release from these two great minds - avoid at your peril...
The multi-instrumental production methods of Burnt Friedman have long beguiled listeners, and here he returns with another full-length that prizes metallic percussion above all else. Weaving said sound sources into intricate designs, the warm glow of his organic methods create wonderful concoctions that grab you immediately, despite the somewhat avant-garde approach. When the broken beats are firing off of prepared steel drums, gongs and rubber bands, the results are always going to be interesting, but nothing prepares you for just how soothing this angular music is. It's a detailed picture he paints, but there's no need to stare too closely in order to enjoy Friedman's creation.