One to Watch – Skinny Pelembe

There’s an underwater quality to Doya Beardmore’s music, an otherworldliness that bubbles up and dissipates. Guitars wash over twinkling melodies while lyrics fade into dubby drum beats. It’s a tantalising sound, which the Doncaster-based 28-year-old known as Skinny Pelembe has made his own since he was discovered last year by Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers programme.

With his first single, I’ll Be on Your Mind, released on Peterson’s Brownswood label, Beardmore established himself as an enigmatic presence, his vocals filtered through a haze of reverb, the DIY video – self-filmed, costing £10 – fragmenting his body into a paint-covered collage. The cut-and-paste of collage reflects his musical style, blending psychedelia with pixelated drum patterns on Spit/Swallow, or wonky R&B on I Just Wanna Be Your Prisoner.

Read the feature in the Observer.

[This piece was published on 16/03/19]