Guest Playlist: Mammal Hands
Gondwana Records’ Mammal Hands have graced Lonely Table with the latest in our Guest Playlist series. The playlist features a selection of tunes that the trio, collectively and individually, are currently feeling.
Mammal Hands’ evocative take on the trio setup has seen them slide effortlessly into the UK’s buzzing jazz scene, with 2013’s Animalia and this year’s Floa cementing their status as one of the most exciting outfits of the moment.
Catch Mammal Hands at the Borderless at Battersea Arts Centre festival series on 21st September, in the beautiful 19th Century Council Chamber. Find tickets and more information here.
With influences spanning a range of genres and eras, we knew we had to get in touch to see what tunes they were listening to. From Jon Hopkins to John Martyn, here’s what the fellas have put together for us:
BLACK MILK - EVERYDAY WAS (FEAT. MEL)
"One of my favourite producer and MC's, this is the first track off his 2014 album If There's A Hell Below."
RICHIE HAVENS – FREEDOM LIVE AT WOODSTOCK
"Richie Havens shows us what you can do with one chord and a few blues lyrics. The intensity of this performance is amazing, he improvised this song on the spot to kick off the Woodstock Festival and each time I hear it I feel like I’m discovering it with him."
DECLAN O'ROURKE - TIME MACHINE - TRANSATLANTIC SESSION
"This song has a lovely meaning, it has a child like clarity and I love the wall of sound, but with an intimate feel at the same time. Declan has a really relaxed way of delivering his song, somehow highlighting its prescience."
JOHN MARTYN - MAY YOU NEVER (LIVE 1973)
"This version is one of our favourites, he spanned so many approaches in his career, and his voice and playing are incredible here."
JON HOPKINS – OPEN EYE SIGNAL
"Jon Hopkins is a master of making the most of a simple idea. This tune repeats the same note insistently throughout but he draws so much emotion and tension out of it you can help feeling hypnotised by it. The video is great too!"
TIGRAN HAMASYAN - LUYS I LUSO
"His love for music seems so clear here and it feels like its pouring out of him, its just a joy to watch. Such inventive and surprising improvisations also!"
MALEEM MAHMOUD GHANIA W/ PHAROAH SANDERS - THE TRANCE OF SEVEN COLOURS
"An incredible track from Maleem Ghania, who recently did another really amazing collaboration with Floating Points. Pharoah's playing is really well placed in this track and highlights changes of mood in the music with the intensity of his sound."
TRIBE CALLED QUEST – ELECTRIC RELAXATION
"Classic Tribe Called Quest video and a perfect chill out tune for me."
VOICE SQUAD - BANKS OF THE BANN
"I love the intimacy of the music and the setting here, this was one we really liked as a group. Maybe it's a trio thing…"
SONS OF KEMET - IN THE CASTLE OF MY SKIN
"Huge tune off the latest Sons of Kemet album. Love the relentlessness of the melody and the rolling drum patterns, great video also!"