Review: The solo project of esteemed drummer Tom Skinner (whose other recent projects include Sons of Kemet and Owiny Sigoma Band), Watermelon Sun features influential trombone player and composer Peter Zummo - a friend and collaborator of the late great Arthur Russell. For Skinner, that open-minded attitude of the New York City no-wave scene in the late '70s/early '80s serves as inspiration for the album. Recorded in improvised single take sessions that merge said aesthetics with 'London's genre-blurring, jazz-influenced vanguard.' Funk bass mixes with neon-lit synths and sexy sax on "Mr. P.Z.", there's deeply chilled beats for sessions of stoned drifting on the emotive "Bluebells" and some live liquid drum & bass on "Rashad". At a time when hybridization of genres are increasingly being embraced in UK venues and clubs, this album embraces that open-minded attitude and reimagines that underground New York legacy for London in 2017.
Review: Ahead of his upcoming full-lenghter on Giles Peterson's Brownswood emporium, Tom Skinner aka Hello Skinny gives us a taster of what's to come ahead, releasing the tune "Bluebells" as a stand-alone single for the quick download option! Much like the rest of the forthcoming LP, this is a deep and meandering synth exploration, dipping and diving into hip-hop, jazz, and the more Vangelis- side of the electronic framework. While the tune is made up of deep, surreal walls of sound, there is still something undeniably soulful an tranquil about
Review: Born in Johannesburg and growing up in Doncaster, Skinny Pelembe poses a quadruple threat - he produces, plays guitar, sings and MCs, tapping into a unique, influence-weaving sound. Having recently signed to Brownswood Recordings, announced via new track 'I'll Be On Your Mind' - a deep down and blunted urban joint, Skinny Pelembe's first single proper for the London imprint is "Spit / Swallow" which is a serving of hazy and psychedelic hip-hop featuring Pelembe's lovely vocal work. Also of mention is "Toy Shooter" with its rapid fire kicks, trippy choir-like samples and buzzy synths galore making for yet another impressive trip.