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The Heliocentrics – Out There

Good luck trying to categorize these tunes. Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective’s objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avant-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” – that’s where you might find The Heliocentrics. A listen to a song or two reveals no small influence from the funk universe of James Brown. But there’s also the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra’s music. The cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone. The sublime fusion of David Axelrod. But the Heliocentrics’ music isn’t retro. It’s brand new. And it’s timeless. This band has the consistency and musicianship that seems to have been lost somewhere in the analog to digital shuffle over the past thirty years. Explore the soundscapes.

The Heliocentrics – Out There; Now-Again Records, 2007

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