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LISTEN: Melt Yourself Down Mixtape + Win London Tickets
The Quietus , February 18th, 2013 09:15

Listen to a mixtape from Polar Bear/Zun Zun Egui-affiliated crew, plus win tickets for next week's London show and a copy of their new 12"

As we've previously announced, Melt Yourself Down are set to release their ferocious debut 12" via The Leaf Label on Februrary 25th, featuring the tracks 'Fix My Life' and 'We Are Enough'.

The band is a collaborative project featuring something of a who's who's who of musicians working in the regions around jazz, improv, punk and more: Acoustic Ladyland/Polar Bear man Pete Wareham, Zun Zun Egui's Kushal Gaya, Hello Skinny's Tom Skinner, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, Acoustic Ladyland's Ruth Goller, Satin Singh of Transglobal Underground, and Leafcutter John.

Fitting the members' diverse backgrounds, Melt Yourself Down's is a thrilling hybrid sound, touching on jazz, African music, post-punk, psych-rock and the kind of fierce jazz/rock fusions that Wareham's other bands are renowned for. Listen to the tracks from the upcoming 12" here.

To accompany the release, the group are heading out on a short tour at the end of this month, taking in dates in London, Leeds, Nottingham and Hastings. For full dates, see bottom of page. In advance of the tour, they've put together a mixtape - entitled 'Nubian Nightjar' - a beautifully assembled collage of rhythm-driven African music, Afrobeat, jittery electronics, jazz and more - which we're pleased to be able to offer for your listening pleasure. Stream it via the embed below.

Nubian Nightjar mix by Meltyourselfdown on Mixcloud

In addition, the band have given us a pair of tickets to Melt Yourself Down's London show to give away, along with a copy of the 'Fix My Life'/'We Are Enough' 12". The gig takes place at the Shacklewell Arms, next Wednesday 27th February. To be in with a chance of winning the tickets and vinyl, email the answer to the following question to with MELT YOURSELF DOWN in the subject line, by midday on Friday 22nd February. To read the Quietus Competition terms & conditions, click here, and please try to make sure you're able to attend the gig next week before entering.

Q: Pete Wareham's former band Acoustic Ladyland really started to gain wider attention with the release of their second LP in 2005. But what was the album titled?

a) Last Chance Saloon
b) Last Chance Disco
c) Last Chance Supermarket
d) Last Chance Drive-Thru

Melt Yourself Down play the following tour dates in Feburary and March:

27th - London, Shacklewell Arms
28th - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (Games Room)

1st - Nottingham, Bodega
2nd - Hastings, Printworks