Great fire will fall from the sky, the cause will appear both stupefying and marvellous. Very soon after, the earth will tremble.
As was prophesised by Nostradamus, The Comet Is Coming...
Marvel! As it blazes a streak of phosphorescent beauty across the night sky. Listen! As a trailing meteor shower drops hot coals hissing into topographical oceans. Inhale! The burning funk of strange new flavours. The sound of the future... today.
The Comet Is Coming. Our saviours Danalogue The Conqueror, Betamax Killer and King Shabaka come bearing their debut album Channel The Spirits. A prophetic document. A celebration. The beginning of the end.
The Comet was first observed in 2013, its power growing with increasingly regular sightings culminating in a stellar display at Trans Musicales at the end of 2015CE. The debut EP Prophecy arrived in blaze of light and sound. The word spread. Whispers became shouts - I believe. And now comes the mother lode.
Channel The Spirits is a starburst galaxy, a journey through the outer reaches of the cosmos. Over twelve tracks, our fearless stargazers evoke the ghosts of bold experimentalists such as Sun Ra, Funkadelic and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, reanimate them through twenty-first century technology and send them off hotstepping into the greatest party the universe has seen. Here is the universe in a microcosm; the life-force distilled down to its raw essence: sex and dancing. The rhythm of life.
Over a backdrop of keyboards, drums and electronics that are shimmering and soothing one moment and wig-flipping wayward the next, saxophonist King Shabaka squeezes sounds that echo like the exaltations of visionary voyagers drifting through interplanetary space and time. They shift from the elegiac and the experimental into iridescent molten jazz and full-on intergalactic groove mode.
Dusted in cosmic magic, Channel The Spirits is more than an album it is a séance, a reckoning, a prophecy, a mission. A transdimensional journey. The Comet Is Coming. Look busy.
The Comet Is Coming is:
Betamax Killer (Soccer96) drums
Danalogue The Conqueror (Soccer96) keyboards
King Shabaka (Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down) saxophone
This freethinking and truly brilliant release is formed in the spirit of trailblazing jazz renegades Sun Ra, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Ornette Coleman and Polar Bear. Yes it's early days, but could this be an early contender for one of the records of the year?
9.5/10 DJ Magazine
The Comet Is Coming live up to the promise of that name less than fifteen seconds into their debut release. It's completely explosive and spontaneous, overflowing with the high energy of a party in full swing or perhaps more aptly the energy of a rocket heading straight out into deep space
The Quietus (thequietus.com/articles/19561-the-comet-is-coming-interview)
Great new band
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
Absolutely love it, best thing I've heard in ages
Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music
Live at Trans Musicales: concert.arte.tv/fr/comet-coming-aux-trans-musicales
'Do The Milky Way': www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_MFh3esQF0
'Neon Baby': www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh7HtH3cm-M
The Ransom Note: theransomnote.co.uk/music/mixes/mix-the-comet-is-coming