When brilliant musicians like Pete Wareham (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear), Tom Skinner (Hello Skinny, Sons Of Kemet, Mulatu Astatke), Shabaka Hutchings (Sons Of Kemet, Heliocentrics), Kushal Gaya (Zun Zun Egui), Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland) and Satin Singh (Fela!, Transglobal Underground) team up, you know the outcome has to be madly incredible. Under the name Melt Yourself Down, the London based collective create thunderous energy, blending each of its six members’ own musical territories, like jazz, punk, African music, funk, tropicalia, amongst other genres and influences.
The press release describes the London collective as “a riot of colour and noise, they rip the still beating heart from the remains of Acoustic Ladyland, reanimated with intense, sweaty funk, uplifting horns and blistering Nubian drums.”
Melt Yourself Down first captivated everyone’s attention with the blasting debut single ‘We Are Enough’, released last October, which they followed earlier this year with ‘Fix My Life’. Both singles were released on a 12″ vinyl last month via The Leaf Label. The sextet’s first release also sees them recruiting Leafcutter John for production and mixing duties.
If you hadn’t heard Melt Yourself Down before, this is your lucky day.