Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (130 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 06/17/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of modern, multicultural London; uncut on one of the year's most thrilling debuts.

Plenty of artists have received their big break on Later... with Jools Holland, but few over the past two decades have come near to making the impression Melt Yourself Down did upon their appearance last month. They may never touch the sales figures of Adele, Seasick Steve or Jessie J, whose careers all experienced liftoff following stints on the BBC's flagship music programme, but it's fair to say this collective's performance transcended all of them, particularly within the context of a largely disappointing series. Perhaps more than anything, it evoked At The Drive-In's infamous farce back in 2000, albeit minus the carnage and with a significant hike in musical value. Sound-wise they bear little resemblance, but the sight of vocalist Kushal Gava tearing around the stage amid a backing of unhinged sonic chaos was more or less in the same mould, and quickly made a name of what until then had been one of the nation's great up-and-coming secrets.

While it's easy to dispel comparisons such as that above, it is genuinely difficult to propose one which accurately portrays the niche they've established. Indeed, the pool of influences the six-piece draw from is so eclectic you'd hardly believe they're based in London; the English band name and song titles virtually all which betrays an affinity to the UK capital. Instead, the roots of this debut lie predominantly in Northern Africa, the region's vigorous percussive bounce expertly blended with a healthy dose of electronic glitches and jazzy shower of brass and sax - all whilst channeling an intensity which wouldn't sound out of place on a punk rock record. The crossovers don't end there. Beats and basslines meld together with the type of masculine punch usually associated with hip hop, while countless addictive grooves are bound to have even the most reserved listeners in a manic, uncontrollable state of ecstacy.

Of all this record's qualities, however, probably the most startling is the way in which it somehow manages to entwine these elements into a perfectly natural sounding whole. Whether its the unadulterated bedlam of 'We Are Enough,' the propulsive rhythms of 'Release!' or the Middle Eastern vibes of 'Mouth To Mouth,' each and every crammed second is bustling not only with energy, but also a clear sense of purpose and cohesion, and it's this clarity which has even the most bizarre ideas sprouting golden results. The fact Gava sings in French and that their influences may be alien to some listeners is irrelevant; Melt Yourself Down is a record whose appeal goes far beyond your typecast world music enthusiast, one which stretches free of national boundaries and provides a perfect component to the modern multicultural world we inhabit. You probably won't understand it, or for that matter have heard much like it, but you'd be a fool to miss out on one of 2013's most thrilling debuts.



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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2013


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also posted at: http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

You can stream/buy the record here: http://meltyourselfdown.bandcamp.com/

Thoroughly recommended. As ever, thoughts on the review much appreciated.

RunAmokRampant
June 27th 2013


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is neato. Their music video for Fix My self is insanely trippy.

songsforthedeaf
June 27th 2013


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Considering their range of influences I would say it isn't surprising at all they are from London at all! London is by some measures the most multicultural city in the world - over 300 languages are spoken there.

Anyway, check out this gnarly Fix My Life Remix youtube(dot)com/watch?v=xzdhY5PzHvE

scissorlocked
July 11th 2013


3510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty enjoyable

sad to see so few comments



robin
Emeritus
July 14th 2013


4248 Comments


this record jams so hard

ali there's an italics error towards the end. i really liked the first para of this review

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers Robin, fixed the error. Record needs more attention around here.

ShitsofRain
July 14th 2013


5899 Comments


I put it on my list

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Underflow
July 23rd 2013


2563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent album.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2013


6450 Comments


This is fucking weird.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2013


7395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

The sound of London indeed. Cool write-up as always.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2013


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers Greg

@clercqie, in a good or bad way?!


clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2013


6450 Comments


I have no idea :p

Funeralopolis
August 7th 2013


11404 Comments


this sounds interesting

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jefflebowski
August 7th 2013


8247 Comments


great review, and based on his other projects pete wareham can do no wrong in my eyes, so i'll be checking this out

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Days of Future Passed
October 23rd 2013


474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Digging this quite a bit, Fix My Life is excellent

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TheRemnant
November 8th 2013


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm surprised how much I enjoy this! It's fun to branch away from my heavy metal tunes every once in awhile, and this is awesome!

Taxt
November 30th 2013


646 Comments


Woah this is wild

sailSAway
December 7th 2013


848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wish this was popular enough to make the year end lists.

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sailSAway
December 7th 2013


848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Camel is the shit

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2013


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I voted for it on the contributor's list, but it's been nudged out by all the usual suspects. Shame.



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