Melt Yourself Down are an unholy communion of North African influences and shamanic vocals. Frontman Kushal Gaya has been moved to be more direct in his writing. Where his delivery once leaned heavily on his native Mauritian/French Creole, he has made a conscious decision to start to impart his fevered message in English. Losing several loved ones in the space of a year has lent a greater sense of urgency, “The lyrics can be about the eagerness to do something even if everything is running against you,” he explains. “There’s a lot of friction in what we do.”
Their 2013 self-titled debut album was widely acclaimed (Album of the Year in both Time Out and Rough Trade) and received significant support from BBC 6Music; and their freewheeling live shows became the stuff of legends – the raw Nubian soul percussion of Ali Hassan Kuban mixed with the shiny urban junk trash disco of James Chance is like something we’ve never heard before.
Their second studio album, Last Evenings On Earth, is a dizzying, continent-hopping voyage, darker and heavier than its predecessor, “The need to dance is still there but now I’m feeling inspired by the idea of the city as a prism through which all kinds of global influences pass,” says saxophonist Pete Wareham, “Translation, immigration, overcoming obstacles – and most of all, human unity.”