Cut Hands returns to Blackest Ever Black

William Bennett will return to the label with a second EP of confrontational rhythmic music.

Last spotted gracing Downwards with the frenzied sounds of the Madwoman EP, William Bennett’s Cut Hands project has delivered some particularly bracing music at the intersection between techno and noise since it appeared on the Whitehouse man’s Susan Lawly label in 2011. Combining brutal industrial textures with African rhythms, his take on techno is one that stands out from the increasing hordes of Blawan imitators.

Having already released the Black Mamba EP on Blackest Ever Black last year, Bennett will return to the label with Damballah 58, featuring a further four productions. The label describe the title track as containing “diabolically addictive vaudou rhythms” which “insinuate deeply before uncoiling convulsively into an irrevocable reclamation of the consciousness”, while a further three shorter tracks on the B-side would seem to see Bennett flirting with the more ambient side of the project, with “Belladonna Theme” described as “treacherously beautiful.”

In further Blackest Ever Black news, the final line-up announcements have been made for the label’s now annual party, to be held on October 12 at London’s Corsica Studios. Joining the already announced Tropic of Cancer,  DVA DAMAS, Helena Hauff, Shampoo Boy and Dalhous will be Dominick Fernow performing a live set under the Prurient moniker, Raime, who will be DJing, and Regis, who will perform the Necklace of Bites live set, supposedly a “disordered and resequenced” journey through 20 years of his productions. Tickets for that are available here.

Blackest Ever Black will release Damballah 58 on 12-inch vinyl in late October.


A1. Damballah 58
B1. Mambu Muntu
B2. Belladonna Theme
B3. Immersion