Droning white noise, electronic sounds, blips and whirs and scrapes, long passages and even songs built entirely on a single chord-this is the stuff of NYC, the fourth album by the duo of Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid. Reid plays the drums, and Hebden manipulates electronics and plays some electric guitar too. Beyond that, it is difficult to describe what these two men do. A simple explanation might be that they create grooves almost out of nothing. One chord and a driving beat is all they need, and they’re off.
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