Heliocentrics 'Thirteen Degrees of Reality' 2xLP
The Heliocentrics have returned to develop this epic vision of psychedelic funk, while exploring the possibilities created by their myriad influences – Latin, African, and more. Thus, the electro-Latin fusion of ‘Descarga Electronica’ sits next to weeping strings piled atop ‘Collateral Damage’s chunky rhythms, which nearly misses the undulating swing of ‘Wrecking Ball’, a dirge as irresistibly funky as it is devastating. No surprise, then, that the Heliocentrics have earned lifetime fans in the likes of questing spirits like Madlib (with whom Catto has collaborated on numerous Yesterdays New Quintet projects), DJ Shadow (both as a touring ensemble and in the studio), Quantic and Ethiopian jazz giant Mulatu Astatke, with whom the Heliocentrics recorded and released ‘Inspiration Information 3’, the fourth classic Mulatu album – released nearly 40 years after his other three. ‘Out There’ may have been one hell of an opening volley, but having spent some years in the wild running among mavericks like Astatke and Oriental Jazz pioneer Lloyd Miller, the Heliocentrics have realized that their strongest statements are made somewhere between the persistent fuzz of Owusu’s distorted guitar, Catto’s impossible syncopation and Ferguson’s looping bass lines. ‘13 Degrees of Reality’ is one of the most distinctive musical statements you’ll hear all year.
Catalogue number: NA5097LP
Label: Now Again