This week’s nomination is the self-titled debut LP from Melt Yourself Down.
This is typically lumped in with the new wave of British Jazz. I really enjoy all three of their LPs, particularly the live LP. The music verges on territory covered by Pigbag way back in the early 1980s. The debut LP features Shabaka Hutchings and in some ways is like a wilder version of his work with Comet Is Coming, although band-leader Pete Wareham’s description of it as ‘Nubian Party Punk’ is very apt.
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Blurb nicked from Wikipedia
Melt Yourself Down are a London-based band who incorporate elements of North African musical styles, punk, jazz and funk. Founded in January 2012, the band is led by saxophonist Pete Wareham, former leader of now defunct jazz/punk band Acoustic Ladyland and saxophonist in British jazz band Polar Bear. The original line-up included saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, The Heliocentrics), drummer Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet, Mulatu Astatke, Hello Skinny), vocalist Kushal Gaya (Zun Zun Egui), bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland) and percussionist Satin Singh (Fela!, Transglobal Underground). Melt Yourself Down is the debut LP.
The LP can be found on Bandcamp at
The TIDAL link is
It would be great if someone can post a Spotify link.
I can’t find a Qobuz link . and the Bandcamp link doesn’t appear to function. The band page is here:
You can navigate to the LP from there and play it for free.
Hutchings and Skinner have been replaced by George Crowley and Dave Smith respectively.
Melt Yourself Down are signed to The Leaf Label and released their debut album on 17 June 2013, followed by Live At The New Empowering Church on 19 April 2014. Their second studio album, Last Evenings On Earth , was released on 29 April 2016.