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Skinny Pelembe signs to Partisan Records and shares new single "Like A Heart Won’t Beat"

23 November 2022, 17:03 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Skinny Pelembe has returned with his first outing in over two years, "Like A Heart Won't Beat", which is also his debut release since signing to Partisan Records.

"Like A Heart Won't Beat" is Skinny Pelembe's first single since 2020's "Illusion (Silly Apparition)", which was his take on Andrew Hill's "Illusion" for the Bluenote Re:imgained album, and is also his first outing since signing to Partisan Records.

"The idea for the piano on this came to me years ago in Amsterdam," he says of the track. "I didn't know I'd had whatever it was I'd eaten until I started hallucinating… fast forward past seeing myself standing on the roof of the hotel next to me, and thinking I was in the film A Perfect Storm (actually just on a static Chinese all-you-can-eat restaurant boat). Anyway, fast-forward past all that and I'm lying on a bed, seeing Clint Eastwood, playing those chords while he told me I’m ‘base level’ and not getting deep enough. Hopefully Mushroom Eastwood thinks I did him proud with this one"

According to a press release, he'll follow up his 2019 debut album Dreaming Is Dead Now in 2023.

Skinny Pelembe's "Like A Heart Won't Beat" is out now on Partisan Records. He'll play The Social in London on 25 January 2023. Tickets go on sale this Friday (25 November) via

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