Animated by RUFFMERCY, The Comet Is Coming have just dropped an utterly lush new video for Summon The Fire, taken from the album Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery.
Deep breathes now.... The Comet Is Coming. And how! The Mercury Music Prize-shortlisted futurist jazz voyagers (one of the most vital and progressive UK bands around) return today with Trust In The Life Force Of The Deep Mystery and it is nothing short of stunning. There are sections of crunching beats and synths with Shabaka's sax in driving force, then there are moments of spiritual exploration and serenity, with the sax taking long searching journeys. That's not to say that Danalogue and Betamax are simply a rhythm section. They have created complex and minimal soundscapes that work beautifully with King Shabaka that really go somewhere special. An instant classic and an album that we will be revisiting all year and beyond.
Buy a copy now over at Drift.
“The cosmically minded group featuring rising jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings dances to the apocalypse and pleads for humanity.” - Pitchfork 7.8
“This is hardcore music for a generation weaned on rave and grime, jazz’s cutting edge. The comet isn’t coming, it’s arrived.” - The Observer ★ ★ ★ ★
”in taking the music around them and repurposing it for something more futuristic, The Comet Is Coming have made a mini masterpiece; exhilarating, authentic and, most importantly, a joy” - Loud and Quiet 9/10
“Though rhythmically powerful, it's Hutchings's fluttering, forceful sax that is the totem around which this album prances with energy and adventure. And it's a blast” - Q Magazine ★ ★ ★ ★
”The constantly shape-shifting and explosive dynamics of this brutal yet accessible blaze of glory are borne from a collaboration that's instinctive, primal and alchemical, effortlessly outclassing the competition” - Mojo ★ ★ ★ ★
”The result is pulsating electronic music that draws from the spontaneity and invention of free jazz” - Uncut ★ ★ ★ ★
No sooner had we announced that the Jazz life-force The Comet Is Coming are joining us this year as our Saturday night headliner, the three-piece have announced a new album this Spring on the iconic Impulse! imprint.
Featuring saxophonist King Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings) keys and synth player Danalogue (Dan Leavers) and drummer Betamax (Max Hallett), the record “aims to answer universal questions with universal truths” shares the label. A 21st century take on spiritual jazz that is part Alice Coltrane, part Bladerunner is the band’s follow up to their Mercury nominated 2015 debut. The album arrives with lead single Summon The Fire, a heads-down electronic groove. (stream)
“King Shabaka's saxophone lines veer from lethal melody through to all out noise, while the tumbling arrangement is hewn from its own solitary realm.” - Clash
Preorder Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery on CD and Vinyl now at Drift.