Melt Yourself Down's North Africa-Inspired 'Sticks and Stones' Mixtape

Stream and download UK afro-punk-jazz experimentalists Melt Yourself Down's 'Sticks and Stones' mixtape.

Slept on mixtape Sticks and Stones from UK afro-punk-jazz experimentalists Melt Yourself Down (whose percussionist Satin Singh played in the FELA! On Broadway live band) is the most recent lost gem of 2013 to enter our radar. On the 48 minute global tour, band lead Pete Wareham cuts and pastes north African retro beats with forays into percussive Arabic tonalities, fading seamlessly into Thom Yorke's unmistakable falsetto crooning on Atoms for Peace's "Before Your Very Eyes." Without a tracklist it's easy to get lost in a musical whirlwind as cuts flit between the choral sound of gnawa vocalists and snippets of electronic break beats. Melt Yourself Down are set to bring heir own live sound to NYC's Pianos on March 17th. In the meantime, stream and download their hand-picked odyssey below.

Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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