Over the past few years Skinshape mastermind Will Dorey has established himself as a worthy new addition to the lineage of British oddball artists. His Skinshape project sees Dorey fusing influences from trip-hop, reggae, downtempo electronica, psychedelic pop and chamber pop to cerebrally beautiful effect. He keeps up the good work with his fourth Skinshape LP Filoxiny. Mr. Scruff is an obvious comparison.
Will Dorey’s fifth Skinshape album dives completely into the pool of African musical inspiration that he’d been only drawing upon until now. Featuring guest musicians such as Malcolm Catto, Idd Aziz and Modou Touré, Umoja is a joyous and accessible take on the rhythms and musical styles that the continent has produced.
Skinshape is the project of one William Dorey. On Life & Love, his third album, the Brit makes gloriously lo-fi sounding funk and soul. Somehow finds the mid points between the likes of Jungle and Khruangbin, in that Dorey manages to be both silky smooth and somewhat experimental and playful. Good at reverb too.
Psychedelic bedroom pop from Palace’s bassist Skinshape. On Oracolo Will Dorey takes over all the instrumental duties and produces a joyous, dense and groove-heavy vinyl LP and CD. Borrowing influences from hip-hop, soul and funk, but spun through his unique one-man band aesthetic, Dorey is one to watch.