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Album Review: Melt Yourself Down

By Brian Broderick Barnes posted Jul 11, 2013 at 03:43 PM

Melt Yourself Down may just be the perfect combination of genres you've never imagined. Afro-beat-punk-jazz-avant-garde-funk? Led by jazz-infused saxiphonist Pete Wareham (of Acoustic Ladyland) and avant-garde North-African-inspired Kushal Gaya (of Zun Zun Egui), this London based sextet creates what can best be described as pure explosive bombast. 

For the first half, tracks build, horn stabs ripped right from Fela Kuti's wheelhouse as synths set to 'lase' flash left and right. The rhythm pounds on like Fugazi off the rails as Gaya alternates between exhuberant calls to action and guttoral grunts. All the while, Wareham is sax-vamping in free-jazz chaos. It's a beautiful mess, but it's tight! By "Free Walk", we get a small cool-down, and in comparison to the earlier five tracks, its skittering drums and propulsive basslines are completely sedate, only to pummel skywards in "Mouth To Mouth". Throughout, we're provided with hook after hook, and none are less than earworm-quality. 
This is a summer record, people. For overheating your brain in the sun until the night can be nothing but a washed out mess. High-energy doesn't begin to cover it.
Check out the incredible opener "Fix My Life" Here

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