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The Comet Is Coming

The Comet Is Coming are a London-based band who incorporate elements of jazz, electronica, funk and psychedelic rock. They are signed to The Leaf Label and released their debut EP Prophecy on limited edition 12" vinyl on 13 November 2015, with the full-length album Channel The Spirits following on 1 April 2016. The band members go by the pseudonyms "King Shabaka", "Danalogue the Conquerer" and "Betamax Killer"; who are saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, synth player Dan Leavers and drummer Max Hallett respectively. The imagery associated with the band is based around outer space, science fiction and B-movies, as can be seen in the music videos for their singles "Neon Baby" and "Do the Milky Way", as well as in song titles and artwork

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Article: Album Review

The Comet Is Coming: Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam

Read "Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam" reviewed by Chris May


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, tenor saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (King Shabaka), synths maven Dan Leavers (Danalogue) and drummer Max Hallett (Betamax) were students at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As alumni, they formed The Comet Is Coming. To jumble allusions with as much abandon as the band approach cosmic ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bobby Previte, Angles, Roxana Amed, The Comet Is Coming & More New Releases

Read "Bobby Previte, Angles, Roxana Amed, The Comet Is Coming & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we feature some great examples of how tradition continues to fuel modern jazz projects, and the many ways in which jazz incorporates elements from other musical traditions (from Korea to Spain) and genres (from the blues to rave music).Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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Article: Album Review

Shabaka: Afrikan Culture

Read "Afrikan Culture" reviewed by Chris May


It would be easy to mislay one's critical faculties when it comes to Shabaka Hutchings. The tenor saxophonist and clarinetist has since 2015 so invigorated the British jazz scene and, more recently, the international one, while eloquently articulating the potential of Afrikan cosmological thinking to realign the disorders of the modern industrial world, that the gravitational ...

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Article: Album Review

Nduduzo Makhathini: In The Spirit Of Ntu

Read "In The Spirit Of Ntu" reviewed by Chris May


There are strong links between London's alternative jazz scene and the parallel and burgeoning one in South Africa. A case in point is the connection between South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and British tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings. Makhathini and Hutchings' similar ages and overlapping, cosmologically informed takes on jazz meant they were ...

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Article: Album Review

Flock: Flock

Read "Flock" reviewed by Chris May


One of the strengths of the alternative jazz scene which has grown in London since around 2016 is the interconnectivity of its players. Everyone knows each other and ad hoc bands constantly come together. Flock is the latest such conclave and it is something of a supergroup. On this its first album--others are ...

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Article: Album Review

Run Logan Run: For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers

Read "For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers" reviewed by Chris May


Tenor saxophone and drums albums have been at the heart of London's alternative jazz scene since its first stirrings around 2015. That year, saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd, then members of singer Zara McFarlane's backing band, started tossing riffs and beats back and forth to each other during pre-gig soundchecks. In ...

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Article: Album Review

On Our Own Clock: On Our Own Clock

Read "On Our Own Clock" reviewed by Chris May


The fourteen-strong international ensemble which recorded On Our Own Clock includes, from London, keyboard player Danalogue from Shabaka Hutchings' The Comet Is Coming and tuba player Theon Cross from Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet; from Dakar, percussionist Yahael Camara Onono and kora player Tarang Cissoko; and, from Johannesburg, keyboardist Zoe Molelekwa, bassist Tebogo Sedumede, trombonist Siya Makuzeni ...

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Article: Album Review

The Luvmenauts: In Space

Read "In Space" reviewed by Chris May


Toronto quartet The Luvmenauts' In Space is a well-crafted assemblage of new millennial library-going-on-soundtrack music. It has echoes of the mid 1960s and early 1970s rock 'n' funk produced by library labels such as KPM and Music De Wolfe, and has intersections, too, with the work of BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer Delia Derbyshire, not least in ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Impulse Records: Music, Message & The Moment

Read "Impulse Records: Music, Message & The Moment" reviewed by Chris May


Those of us for whom Impulse has been as important a part of our cultural lives as Blue Note, perhaps even a more important one, will not be satisfied until the label reissues its entire catalogue on remastered CDs and audiophile vinyl. In the meantime, it would be churlish to do anything other than applaud such ...


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