• masakichi Hummingbird (7-track CD, £6.25)

    label: fierce panda

    Combining the expansiveness of post-rock and shoegaze with fuzzed up indie rock structures and dance-orientated grooves, London’s Masakichi have crafted a sublime soundscape of a debut mini album in the form of ‘Hummingbird’. Masakichi instigator and guitarist Reuben Gotto has spent the past few years travelling the world with bands such as Foals, Maccabees and Alt-J, immersing himself in the sonics and inspirations of a nomadic musical lifestyle and returning home with a mammoth catalogue of tracks recorded in hotel rooms, dressing rooms and on long haul flights. Finding kindred spirits vocalist Hannah Cartwright (Snow Ghosts) and bassist Hattie Williams (Telegraphs) in London, the trio began to transform Reuben’s tracks into fully formed songs. Enlisting Reuben's old band mate Ben Calvert (Killing Joke, Calvin Harris) on drums, the band laid down the six core songs that comprise ‘Hummingbird’ at the end of last year with Rich Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs, Adele) and Larry Hibbitt (Marmozets), and have been throwing themselves into the London live scene since. Include Alt-J Remix of 'Spring'. Tracklisting 1: Papercuts 2: Spring 3: Hummingbird 4: Bulletproof 5: Without Arrows 6: Smallest Light 7: Spring (Alt J Remix)

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