Melt Yourself Down
@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
5 July 2014
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Melt Yourself Down make sounds you can taste and smell. Strange
incantations of fierce post-punk, discordant funk and wild sonic
Centred around saxophonist Pete Wareham, they number some of the
finest musicians in the land, spanning jazz, rock and world music.
Theirs is music mined and hewn from North African deserts and the
New York underground. Sounds blasted and blown. Jazz detonated.
Rhythms to rearrange the DNA.
Melt Yourself Down have issued three calls to arms, the singles
“Fix My Life,” “We Are Enough” and the full-on
frenzied funk of “Release!” filling dance-floors and
airwaves. The self-titled album, out in June, fulfils the promise,
plunging you into an ecstatic fever dream. As Pitchfork has it,
they’re “a bazaar sax smackdown that has an iron
in every furnace of global psychedelia, smelted into a structure
of tungsten strength.”
Live, they’re a tropical storm, lit by full-frontal fireworks
and led from the front by Kushal Gaya, part finger-pointing punk
shaman, part proselytising preacherman, spitting fire and brimstone
calls that demand a response. Their message: Melt Yourself Down
and turn yourself up. Get out of it and into it. And go.
Melt Yourself Down personel
Melt Yourself Down: Pete Wareham (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear),
Kushal Gaya (Zun Zun Egui), Shabaka Hutchings (Sons Of Kemet, Heliocentrics),
Tom Skinner (Hello Skinny, Sons Of Kemet, Mulatu Astatke), Ruth
Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Rokia Traoré), Satin Singh (Fela!).
Rubbed the right way by Leafcutter John.