Left Hand Right Hand ‎– Humdrum



Raised To The Ground
Worker's Playtime
Two-Man Bob
Rank And File

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TAK 03 Left Hand Right Hand Humdrum(12") Tak Tak Tak TAK 03 UK 1990 Sell This Version
TAK 03 Left Hand Right Hand Humdrum(12", EP, Promo) Tak Tak Tak TAK 03 UK 1990 Sell This Version
TAK 03 Left Hand Right Hand Humdrum(12", TP, W/Lbl) Tak Tak Tak TAK 03 UK 1990 Sell This Version
WNS 016 Left Hand Right Hand Hum Drum(CD, EP) We Never Sleep WNS 016 US 1992 Sell This Version


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October 30, 2016
referencing Humdrum, 12", TAK 03
"Raised To The Ground" sounds especially awesome when you play it at 33 rpms!


May 30, 2012
referencing Humdrum, 12", TAK 03
After hearing this a couple of times, my reaction is 'When Are They Gonna Bring An LP Out, So I Can Lose Myself In It' . Do you get the impression I actually liked this? Well, I did, and no doubt will continue to do so for quite some time. LEFT HAND RIGHT HAND consists of ANDREW BROWN, PAUL ACKERLEY & TIM BROWN, and on this 12" they have assistance from such well-known names as KARL BLAKE (bass guitar) & LOL COXHILL (soprano sax).
Side one opens with "Raised To The Ground", opening with atmospheric moaning sax combining with female vox, gradually building from a "Heathen Earth" type shapelessness into a MUSLIMGAUZE - like rhythmic atmosphere with vocalists Karen Madsen & Pol Wijnberg giving it an ATTRITION feel. It has a free, meandering sound while maintaining strict structure. "Worker's Playtime" breaks in on an Industrial-type rhythm, full of interesting sounds (including LIGHTS IN A FAT CITY-like didgeridoo). "Two-Man Bob" is another interesting rhythm, combining a MUSLIMGAUZE-like sound with the STARTLED INSECTS complexity of structure & playing prowess. It's the first actual 'song' on the EP, but it's true strength lies in the unrelenting, driving force of rhythm.

Side two opens with "Hot-Heads", gentle harmonic sounds which are broken into suddenly by another compulsive rhythm, driven along by tablas and meandering bassline. Midway through it changes course again, driving off with a more full, whole sound, dense yet wonderfully composed. "Rank And File" is a much tighter, more tense piece of music. It moves gradually forward, then is overtaken by a fast and furious rhythm with adrenaline-heavy force, picking up tempo in a building, ever increasing crescendo, both aggressive and sexual. "Disc-Jockey" closes the EP with a few words from what I can only assume is a radio session.

These people are both musicians and experimenters, having obvious skill in both fields. My parting words can only be; if you like the above groups, don't hesitate to buy this - I doubt you'd be disappointed, and to the group; hurry up and get an album out on CD - the world needs great works like this.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.