The Heliocentrics — Infinity Of Now (Feb. 14, 2020)
♦ο The project’s first preview sees the group stay the course on a two decade long journey of defying easy categorisation as intoxicating electronics and strings summon a psychedelic frenzy, only remaining hinged due to the resolute and shuffling rhythm of drummer and bandleader Malcolm Catto embedded beneath. London psychedelic jazz collective The Heliocentrics have their roots in the ‘90s when drummer Malcolm Catto recorded for Mo’Wax and Jazzman. They recorded their breakthrough album for Stones Throw, ‘Out There’ in 2007 and have since become known for their superb collaborations with legends including Ethio jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, jazzman Lloyd Miller and Afro soul Godfather, Orlando Julius.
♦ο Eclectic ensemble blending influences such as hip~hop, jazz, soundtracks, Ethiopian funk, outré electronics, and more.
Formed: 2005 in London, England
Location: London, UK
Genre: Jazz, Electronic, Pop Rock
Styles: Funk, Jazz~Funk, Modern Creative, Post~Bop
Album release: February 14, 2020
Record Label: Soundway Records
1. 99% Revolution 5:03
2. Venom 6:47
3. Elephant Walk 4:36
4. Burning Wooden Ship 5:39
5. Hanging By A Thread 4:48
6. Nonsense Part 1 3:10
7. Light In The Dark 4:59
8. People Wake Up! 9:59
♦ο Malcom Catto: drums
♦ο Jake Ferguson: bass
♦ο Jack Yglesias: percussion, flute
♦ο Oliver Parfitt: keyboards
♦ο Adrian Owusu: guitar
♦ο Tom Hodges: electronics
♦ο Just B (Barbora Patkova): vocals
♦ο and many more friends ...
♦ο♦ The UK’s cosmic, psychedelic~funk ensemble issue their first album on maverick producer Madlib’s label, Madlib Invazion.
♦ο♦ The Heliocentrics’ albums are all confounding pieces of work. Drawing equally from the funk universe of James Brown, the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone, the sublime fusion of David Axelrod, Pierre Henry’s turned~on musique concrète, and Can’s beat~heavy Krautrock, they have — regardless of the label on which they’ve released their music — pointed the way towards a brand new kind of psychedelia, one that could only come from a band of accomplished musicians who were also obsessive music fans. Drummer Malcolm Catto and bassist Jake Ferguson are the Heliocentrics’ masterminds and producers, and they are obsessive weirdos in today’s musical climate, searching, progressive humans who are often out~of~time with current trends.
♦ο♦ They have been playing together for nearly two decades and their collective drive is to find an individual voice. The Heliocentrics search for it in an alternate galaxy where the orbits of funk, jazz, psychedelic, electronic, avant~garde and “ethnic” music all revolve around “The One.” With Madilb’s label Madlib Invazion for Infinity of Now, the Heliocentrics have returned to develop their epic vision of psychedelic funk, while exploring the possibilities created by their myriad influences – Latin, African, and more.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek; Score: ★★★★