Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Single of the Week: Melt Yourself Down - "Fix My Life" / "We Are Enough"

WARNING: Video contains strong flashing images

This single may appear to be the first attached to Melt Yourself Down, but a look through the band's credits reveals the project as a number of accomplished figures coming together, most notably Kushal Gaya, vocalist of the ever-vibrant Zun Zun Egui and Polar Bear/Acoustic Ladyland saxophonist Pete Wareham. These elements seem to represent the forefront of these two tracks. Kushal brings vigour to the mantras of  "We Are Enough" (a track that has been available since last October), whilst opting for mostly wordless, sporadic grunts and yelps to the superior "Fix My Life". Pete (and Shabaka Hutchings's) sax lines take the opposite approach on each track, being mantraistic and riff-like on "Fix My Life", and knotty and confounding on the b-side. Add to this the excellent contributions from drummer Tom Skinner (Hello Skinny), bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland), and percussionist Satin Singh (Transglobal Underground) and the result is a meeting of minds capable of inventing a new direction to take psychedelic Afrobeat and noisy electronics.

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