In demand drummer for Melt Yourself Down and the Owiny Sigoma Band, Tom Skinner, steps out of the spotlight from his recent worldwide successes with these acclaimed fusion-based collectives and a recent EU tour with Atoms For Peace to release his new EP Revolutions as Hello Skinny. Swiftly following on from his acclaimed and self-titled debut album, Tom Skinner's Hello Skinny project ratchets back into view with the genre-blurring, format defying new EP/mini-album Revolutions. Side A of this new 12" comes in the form of two brand new Hello Skinny tunes, Revolutions parts 1 and 2, written and recorded with live band members Hugh Jones and Shabaka Hutchings, Revolutions Part 1 is what can only be described as Hello Skinny's "banger" (all things being relative; Hello Skinny is a project named after a Residents tune, after all). Slowly evolving over its delicately controlled 8-minutes, Revolutions Part 1 is a dubby techno number that waxes and wanes - slow build, peaks'n'troughs musical euphoria personified. Revolutions Part 2 on the other hand relieves you from your eased-in comfort zone with an expertly executed free-jazz saxophone/drum conversation, the same kind of chat only minutes before you were directly involved in.
Side B snaps you back to sunset and back to the huge horizons so awed at during Revolutions Part 1with Zero 7's minimal techno take on Crush from last year's self-titled Hello Skinny LP. Followed on vinyl by two further remixes, a driving yet beautiful folktronica take on Knot Blue by fellow Slowfoot artist (and member of Hello Skinny's live band) Crewdson aka Hugh Jones and then capped off by Skinner's Melt Yourself Down colleague Pete Wareham and his midnight reverb reworking of Bump, whisking us jazzily with malicious intent towards our vinyl-based conclusion.
The vinyl purchase comes with additional remixes from revered musicians Matthew Herbert andBass Clef.
Hello Skinny's other current involvements include Sons Of Kemet, Mulatu Astatke, Matthew Herbert, Eska & Finn Peters.
Artist: Hello Skinny
Label: Slowfoot Records
Cat Number: SLOEP22 (ltd edition 500 copies)
Release Date: Digital (September 9th) Physical (September 22nd)
Format: ltd 12-inch Vinyl / Digital Download
Tracklisting: 1. Revolutions Part 1
2. Revolutions Part 2
3. Crush (Zero 7 remix)
4. Knot Blue (Crewdson remix)
5. Bump (Pete Wareham remix)