Hello Skinny is the brainchild of in-demand drummer extraordinaire Tom Skinner, who's other current involvements include Sons Of Kemet, Mulatu Astatke, Melt Yourself Down, Matthew Herbert, Eska, Finn Peters and The Owiny Sigoma Band amongst many others.
Taking its cue from a song by The Residents, the project is Skinner's first as bandleader, composer and producer [playing most of the instruments] and sees him exploring areas around and between psych-dub, electronics, downtown/freak jazz and folk stylings. This debut album follows on from his widely spread 'Smash + Grab' mixtape and takes the musical themes from that release and flexes and focuses the sound into a coherent, deep, soulful listening experience, featuring contributions from Shabaka Hutchings, Tom Herbert (of The Invisible), Byron Wallen, Trudie Dawn Smith and Nick Ramm.
"...a warm, breathable, downright cozy mixture of African rhythms, low-key electronics, and Krautrock shimmer... ... There's been nothing else quite like it this year." [Spin]
"...existing in that fertile zone where jazz, dub, techno and avant-pop deliquesce into an exhilarating free-for-all... ...Introspective, eclectic brain-groove of the month." [Mojo]
"..this long-awaited solo debut is an impressive exercise in the integration of an expectedly wide range of aesthetics, revealing first abd foremost a thoughtful composer with a skilled producer's ear. An unforced alliance of player and beatmaker, with measured, apt, concise statements." [BBC]
"The album is atmospheric but never austere; Its themes are strong and memorable, but never heavy handed or trite. Hello Skinny nods to a plethora of influences and yet remains resolutely itself" [Nick Southgate - The Wire]
"A short collection of sketches, Hello Skinny is still a smartly constructed, casually cool debut." [Bowlegs]
"...Skinner creates an engrossing, experimental sound, at times sounding liek a lysergic Morricone - 'Aquarius', 'Me And My Lady', at others like Four Tet - 'Bump', 'Crush' - whilst always keeping expectations in flux." [Boomkat]
"...a nice jazzy electro mash-up with occasional hints of post-punk spikiness and queasy dub rhythms... ...at its best Hello Skinny recalls latter-day 23 Skidoo." [Rock A Rolla]
"Although he makes Hello Skinny as unique-sounding as he can, Skinner also keeps it listenable, his hybrid sounds coming across as warm rather than overpowering." [Drowned In Sound]
"It cannot fall neatly within the limiting parameters of known music genres, and to try to pigeonhole it would be entirely missing the point. This is art. This is Tom Skinner’s sound - a personal sound that many can enjoy while basking in the shining talents of Hello Skinny." [The Couch Sessions]
"Hello Skinny moves like a serpent that slithers along polyrhythmic tribal drum patterns, freak-jazz, and vaguely psychedelic-folk... ...the tension that builds up as a result of the album's unpredictability is extraordinary." [The 405]
Composed, performed, produced and arranged by Tom Skinner
Shabaka Hutchings - clarinets on 2,3. baritone sax on 2,5
Tom Herbert - acoustic bass on 4,8
Nick Ramm - MS20 on 2
Byron Wallen - trumpet, flugelhorn and baritone horn on 7
Trudie Dawn Smith - vocals on 7
Mixed by Dilip Harris [1-7] and Chris Morphitis [8,9]
Hello Skinny is the brainchild of in-demand drummer
extraordinaire Tom Skinner, who's other current involvements include Sons Of Kemet, Mulatu Astatke, Melt Yourself Down, Matthew Herbert, Eska, and The Owiny Sigoma Band amongst many others.
Taking its cue from a song by The Residents, the project is Skinner's first as bandleader, composer and producer....more