Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down
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  • Band members: Pete Wareham, Kushal Gaya, Shabaka Hutchings, Tom Skinner
  • Summary: The debut release for the avant-garde jazz group that includes Kushal Gaya, Ruth Goller, Shabaka Hutchings, Satin Singh, Tom Skinner, and Pete Wareham was produced by Leafcutter John.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 13, 2013
    90
    It’s compelling stuff; we need more musicians who are prepared to go nuts in this delightfully joyous way.
  2. Jun 13, 2013
    80
    The music Melt Yourself Down make on this eight song, 36-minute debut album is insanely full of energy and ideas, a tumultuous barrage of snaky, infectious hooks and punishingly addictive grooves.
  3. Jun 13, 2013
    80
    The collective’s strength lies in their snakelike energy: all coiled muscle, hypnotic sway and dangerous unpredictability. The flaw is that it can all get a bit lairy.
  4. Jun 13, 2013
    80
    The result is a pulsating, itchily funky brew, pitched somewhere between Pigbag and Can. [Jul 2013, p.78]
  5. Jun 20, 2013
    80
    North African rhythms are an inspiration, and vocalist Gaya's bellowings in French, Creole and personal gibberish also give the band much of its helldriving character.
  6. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    There’s enough raucous obnoxiousness, not to mention effortless expert musicianship, in these eight tracks and thirty-five minutes to mark Melt Yourself Down out be the front-runner for not just that token Mercury nod, but the ironic moustache twiddling party album of the year.
  7. Jun 17, 2013
    50
    This debut feels far too uncoordinated, un-moderated and incoherent to do more than dazzle and confuse in equal proportions before leaving the listener to make sense of what just happened.

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  1. Jun 30, 2013
    9
    From the first listen, I love the boisterous energy and musical influences spanning the globe with latin jazz, punk rock, and African musicFrom the first listen, I love the boisterous energy and musical influences spanning the globe with latin jazz, punk rock, and African music with lyrics whose languages are just as wordly. The vocalist reminds me of Serj Tankian from System of a Down, but I imagine him singing with a brash swagger, ready to party. Some might say that they'd like the album to be longer, but to me, it's swift length brings to mind many punk records and the energy to match. The album is an explosion of a musical performances that will thrill you, just don't forget to put it on repeat. Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2013
    8
    Not in a long time has a band such as this broken out their debut with such gusto, confidence and physique. Like a David Lynch film, it'sNot in a long time has a band such as this broken out their debut with such gusto, confidence and physique. Like a David Lynch film, it's obscure, but colorful and entertaining. Expand