Hello Skinny is nothing less than an affirmation of the innovative talent pool in the London music scene. At an age when electronic music mostly manifests itself in its dark, moody and cumbersome guise, band leader, composer and producer Tom Skinner bestows lighter, refreshing sound textures – a playful blend of dub, roots, afro-beat, gently interlaced with electronic music, jazz and even folk. This is unsurprising from the drummer whose career boasts collaborations with Mulatu Astatke, Matthew Herbert, Owiny Sigoma Band, Finn Peters and Eska.
At their album launch party in East London’s Powerlunches basement, Hello Skinny’s live performance was nothing less than electrifying – their captivated audience hanging on firmly to their hypnotic grooves, especially to tracks like ‘Crush’ and ‘Bump’. It’s precisely those loose grooves that give Hello Skinny its ethereal quality.
The evening itself carried an aura of personal triumph, as does the Hello Skinny album. 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 Hello Skinny album will be released on 12 November 2012 on the experimental music label Slowfoot Records.
Listen below to a Matthew Herbert remix of ‘Aquarius’.
Photo credit: Alex Coley