After the whale had kept below the waterline for almost two decades, it resurfaced in 2011 with its Hands debut 'Empty' to take the scene by storm and now delivers the follow-up just a good year later. A lot has happened since,
have played the stages of Forms Of Hands, Maschinenfest and other re-kowned festivals and received praise from critics and punters alike (which is rare enough).
'Namaste' is the phrase and gesture of salute used in India Blending hard beats and Rhythm Noise with ethno samples, that has been done before (Wieloryb
did it on 'Empty' themselves), but mostly these efforts were one-off novelty tracks. Wieloryb
have now picked up the idea to use it as a concept for the entire album. The 13 pieces are all intensely rhythmic and sample-heavy, providing a diverting listening while the recurring Indian theme serves as an atmospheric hook. Throughout the album there is of course plenty of scraping, pounding Rhythm Noise. Other tracks stray somewhat off the path: 'Haryana' marries pounding beats and ethnic chanting with a soothing ambient trance melody, 'Walk In The Himalayas' is a polyrhythmic tribal fantasy and 'Ramu-Ki' an Industrial Hardcore track with breaks that induce an instant rush of euphoria. Towards the end the album even accelerates its speed with the last three tracks 'Chak Malook', 'Kalkuta' and 'Zuo' - hypercharged stop-and-go kickdrum beasts!
'Namaste' is NOT recommended for yoga lessons (unless the participants are very advanced I'd say), but a can't-go-wrong for anyone who likes his beats HARD. Nevertheless this goes way beyond the boundaries of simple Rhythm Noise, with complex and intelligent ideas that will definitely appeal to your third eye - Namaste!