South London based musician Liam Ramsden aka Mellah has been hard at work on new material, and has returned this week with the first glimpse of what he's been up to. The new track is called 'Death, Pillage, Plunder', was produced with Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, and has quite an interesting source of inspiration.

He tells us: “Death Pillage plunder is about Mauerbauertraurigkeit… I promise that’s a real word. I only discovered it after writing the song but its definition pretty much perfectly encapsulates what the song is about. Mauerbauertraurigkeit is the inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends and family whom you love and who love you and the inability to distinguish between genuine affection and cheap politeness. It’s an incredibly destructive cycle that I have only recently realised I enact."

Mellah's anguish and deflation is carried in his impassioned vocals, which flit around different thoughts, finding physical and unusual ways to describe his condition. Beneath this he has layered an African-style rhythm and squelching synths - the effect is to cast a surprising brightness on Mellah's toils, and the result is nothing if not infectious.

Mellah has also announced these tour dates:

7th November Corsica Studios, London
16th November Jericho Tavern, Oxford*
17th November Louisiana, Bristol*
19th November YES Basement, Manchester*
20th November Sound Basement, Liverpool*

*with Alaskalaska