Captivating, ethereal and majestic, Mammal Hands (Nick Smart keyboards, Jesse Barrett drums and tabla, and Jordan Smart saxophones )are driven by their unique line-up of drums, piano and saxophone. Their hypnotic music draws on a rich well of influences from Sufi trance and West African music to folk music, contemporary classical, spiritual jazz and electronica to produce something uniquely their own.
Their powerful live shows have seen them hailed as one of the most exciting bands in Europe and they have drawn comparisons to the likes of GoGo Penguin and Portico Quartet.
They appear tonight playing music from their new release, the EP Becoming, released on October 19th alongside music from their recent album Shadow Work and stellar back catalogue.
Joining them for tonight’s very special show, the Belgium five piece STUFF. specialise in a deep cross-genre groove, spanning from broken hip-hop to more electronic and jazz influenced future funk. They defy easy categorisation. Writing for Jazz Standard, Tina Edward said ‘If an energy drink could make music, it would sound like STUFF‘, a description that does more to describe their sound than established genre tags.
Utilising lesser-used instruments like the wind synth, alongside the familiar array of drums and electric bass, synthesizers and turntables, they’re able scatter rhythms, melodies and electronic effects across their canvas with a Pollock-like abandon, creating music that while heavy in groove has great depth and intrigue. STUFF. Perform music from their recent Gondwana Records release Old Dreams New Planet.
+ Matthew Halsall (DJ set)
10 NOVEMBER – MANCHESTER RNCM – 7pm