Skinny Pelembe – Toy Shooter (2018)

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Having recently signed to Brownswood Recordings, announced via new track ‘I’ll Be On Your Mind’, Skinny Pelembe lines up his first single proper for the London imprint. ‘Spit / Swallow’ spans pastoral pop, psychedelic textures and hip-hop-tipped, chopped and spliced guitar, interlacings samples with rolling drum breaks and echoed falsettos. B-side ‘Toy Shooter’ follows in similar fashion, bridging psych-rock exaltation with beat-head, synth-jamming production.

Born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster, Skinny Pelembe is based in London. ‘I’ll Be On Your Mind’ has been receiving radio support from Lauren Laverne on 6 Music, Huw Stevens on Radio 1, Jamz Supernova on 1xtra and Tom Ravenscroft on 6 Music, with previous single ‘Seven Year Curse’ picking up airplay on Benji B on Radio 1 and Gilles Peterson on 6 Music.

Peterson has shepherded his rise, first through his Future Bubblers programme for new artists, followed by his inclusion on legendary compilation series Brownswood Bubblers. He’s been profiled by Pigeons & Planes and Clash, and ‘Seven Year Curse’ was supported in record shops like Rough Trade, Sounds of the Universe, Phonica and Sister Ray.

Released on Brownswood Recordings, 16th March.

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