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Monday, 04.11.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
The Heliocentrics (UK)
Get ready for an intergalactical musical gas to sharpen your senses and intoxicate you with a at first befuddling but ultimatively enlightening and mindblowing assault of Hip Hop, Free Jazz, Electronica, Jazz Funk, Post Bop, Acid Jazz and Psychedelic Blues.
The Heliocentrics clearly are a band hard to pigeonhole but it should be as clear as helium to the educated listener that they owe plenty to The One - the one and only Sun Ra. And they don't have any qualms saying so. Just for a sec and for old time's sake, kids: T'was 1978 and had you experienced the grand master and his afrofuturistik Arkestra (with John Gilmore, Marshall Allen a.o., plus oh, those scantily clad dancers) live at the Five Spot in the then beyond funky East Village in NYC, your life would have taken a different course.
 
But now here's an opportunity to right what's been wrong with it with the exclusive appearance of The Heliocentrics in our galaxy. And what's up tonite are pronounced rhythmic strategy with rumbling winds, samples, distorted guitars, eerie voices, reverbed electric kalimba, bubbling drum and droning basslines, all resulting in funky and for the most part, dark and powerful rhythmic configurations. One passage even veers into Morricone Spaghetti Western territory, albeit from Northern Africa.

Leading the ensemble are the two masterminds Malcom Catto on drums and Jake Ferguson on bass. They're the nucleus of the band, which at times has been counting five or even up to nine members under its name. Next to backing Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, they've also associated with DJ Shadow, Madlip, Quantic, Orlando Julius, J.Rocc and others. Their sophomore album is «13 Degrees of Reality» (2013) which followed «Out There» only four years later. «We're a London collective of musicians who are linked by a common aim to create our own musical identity, not following trends or genres but making music we want to hear but cannot find.» Now you can be at that funky place on the Mississihl, get gassed and perhaps tell your kids where it all went down that night while Sun Ra was smiling benevolently in the sky.
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