Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: Sibusile Xaba

There’s just two weeks to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Sibusile Xaba

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Performing Friday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

With a mesmerizing voice, and guitar skills to match, Sibusile Xaba is one of the artists we’re most looking forward to seeing. The South African guitarist, songwriter and composer will bring to Le Guess Who? last year’s Unlearning /Open Letter to Adoniah, his otherworldly and moving debut double album, rooted in jazz and improvisation, inspired by dreams and paired with spirituality and ancestral invocation. When we asked Sibusile for his picks at the festival, he found it “challenging” to narrow it down to 3 from so many of his favourites. So here’s 4 of his recommendations:


Sourakata Koite

Performing Sunday 11th November at Theater Kikker

“Ever since I heard his sound/music I loved it, his tone and approach was very unique.
His instrument sounds very different, this draws me more to his music. “




Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

“These are my homeboys and homegirl, I love their music, I think they are fantastic and they’re gonna rock Le Guess Who?”


Hello Skinny


Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg

“This brother right here is one cat I’m looking forward to hopefully working with in the future, he plays the drums just like his personality, super cool brother. Im a big fan of his composition skills as well. Amazing amazing amazing.”


Nicole Mitchell

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Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg

“My friend Lesedi Ntsane who is a great trumpet player based in the USA introduced me to her music. Something about her music is godly.”

Le Guess Who? will take place 8-11 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Hello Skinny returns with second album Watermelon Sun

Incredible drummer, producer and composer Tom Skinner keeps himself busy with an impressive list of stellar projects including Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down, Matthew Herbert, Mulatu Astatke and The Owiny Sigoma Band, amongst many more. Under Hello Skinny, his brainchild project, Skinner released his self-titled album in 2012, which was one of our Picks of the Year. Five years on, Hello Skinny has announced its follow-up, Watermelon Sun. The fruit of free-form, improvised live sessions, Watermelon Sun is inspired by the open-minded attitude of the New York’s club scene of the late 70’s and UK jazz. To bring the record to life, Skinner enlisted the help of celebrated trombone player and composer Peter Zummo.

We’ll have to wait until the end of November to get our hands on Hello Skinny’s new album but we can already hear and dance to the album’s first single, ‘Mr P.Z.’.

Watermelon Sun is out on November 24th via Brownswood

Hello Skinny unveils cover version of Kit Grill’s ‘Velodrome’

Kit Grill - Velodrome (Hello Skinny cover)

Tom Skinner, the man behind Hello Skinny, always has his hands on quite a few stellar projects, that include most recently The Grip, Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down, Matthew Herbert, and The Owiny Sigoma Band, to name but a few. His latest offering under Hello Skinny sees him reworking Kit Grill’s genle single ‘Velodrome’. Kit Grill rarely turns in remixes, but he made an exception for the stunning all live set up cover version of ‘Velodrome’. Hello Skinny’s cover morphs the more digital original into an acoustic affair. “The idea was to replay some of the core melodic and rhythmic material but rearranged loosely for a more acoustic set up”, says the press release. Skinner enlisted the help of band mate and frequent collaborator Shabaka Hutchings, who astoundingly played the clarinet as a one-take performance. “A feat of human physical endurance, he manages to maintain the repetition of the part whilst changing the timbre and texture through circular breathing and other extended techniques.”
GETME! are releasing Hello Skinny’s cover of Kit Grill’s ‘Velodrome’ on September 22nd, but you can already be enthralled by its beauty. Here it is.

Hello Skinny announces new limited 12″ Revolutions

Hello Skinny - Revolutions

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of London based ingenious drummer, producer and composer Tom Skinner. Last year, under the moniker Hello Skinny, he released his self-titled solo debut album which was one of our Picks of 2012. So we’re over the moon to hear he will soon be releasing a limited edition 12″ entitled Revolutions. The effort features 30 minutes of brand new music, including two new cuts, ‘Revolutions Part 1’ and ‘Revolutions Part 2’, plus three remixes of tracks off his debut album from Zero 7, Crewdson and Pete Wareham. The vinyl and download from bandcamp also come with two bonus remixes from Bass Clef and Matthew Herbert. Revolutions is slated for a September 9th release but there’s only a few physical copies left, so you better hurry to get yours.
To whet our appetite, Hello Skinny is offering a stream of ‘Revolutions Part 1’, a wondrous and hypnotic gem not to be missed. Here it is.