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Skinny Pelembe and its originality in #TOTD

By Stefano Nappa
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Skinny Pelembe was born in Johannesburg but grew up in Doncaster, where the main attractions of the city are St George’s Cathedral and the homonymous train station. The calendar year and the climate in this city is governed by the performance of the football team, Doncaster Rovers Football Club which is one of the oldest clubs in the UK.

However, Skinny has used the world of dreams as a source of inspiration since he was a child. In fact, in his debut album there is a disillusioned and suffered tone that makes us think. It makes us reflect on hope, which is never an end in itself but determined to stimulate.

Skinny Pelembe’s work draws influences as diverse as psychedelic rock, soul and drum & bass and is perfect for our Monday Song.

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Being noticed today in this musical landscape, made enormous by the infinite magnitude of the Internet, is not easy. However, sometime things don’t happen by chance but because they just have to happen.

His life changed when he met Gilles Peterson, one of the most influential DJs of this century who changed the path of music thanks to the Brownswood label, first passing through Acid Jazz and Talkin ‘Loud.

Peterson, also thanks to his Worldwide on the BBC, has found and launched phenomenal and more than just interesting artists. His artists are unique, perfect for a demanding audience, with a refined sound and ready to amaze thanks to their talent. Just think, among others, of Ghostpoet‘s career and success. Gilles gives a creative outlet for those who are a little different or unusual and who have been overlooked by most of the record labels.

There are moments in your life that result in key encounters.

Gilles Peterson

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The first official meeting between the two happened when Skinny Pelembe arrived as a guest on the stage of the Worldwide Festival in Séte. Here, after a few songs without pauses between one and the other, Peterson literally fell in love with him, realizing his authentic potential. Indeed Should You Go on Brownswood Bubblers Twelve pt. 2 was his first official creation to the general public.

His music is almost ethereal, a supernatural sound that simmers and dissolves. Guitars pour out to sparkling melodies as lyrics fade to double drum beats.

In his latest single, No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish, this unexpected mix of styles comes to light. In the passage he refers to the racism of British pensions of the 1950s, as well as his xenophobic experiences.

The single also makes a reference to the London beat scene in its propulsive and enchanting melodies, in short, an unlikely combination that works well.

Dreaming Is Dead Now has ten tracks that clearly stand out from each other. The album is co-produced by a character to always keep an eye on as Malcom Catto of the Heliocentrics, as well as collaborator of Yussef Kamaal, DJ Shadow, Anthony Joseph and Vanishing Twin. For this Monday we advise you to listen to these 5 pieces in order to start your day: No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish // Spit / Swallow // I’ll Be On Your Mind // My Love Is Burning Down / / Live From The High As Kite.

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