Death To The Planet (ep)
The Leaf Label
Following on from an earlier EP and full length album, British jazz-prog-dance trio The Comet It Coming returns to hit it right out of the park with this brand new four-track, 25-minute space-jam exploration EP.
King Shabaka (tenor sax), Betamax Killer (drums) and Danalogue The Conqueror (keys) make music that hints at future-jazz on the explosive opener, Start Running; that recalls aspects of Fela Kuti’s world-beat on the loping loops of Final Eclipse; that moves ever onward towards a space-prog/electronica hybrid over the party-vibe air-horns and renegade snares of March of the Rising Sun; that finally rests somewhere between Sons of Kemet’s blowing party jazz-funk and the lush instrumental spaces well carved out by the likes of Cinematic Orchestra and James Hardway.
It’s never quite jazz music – but borrows from jazz’s intensity, inspiration and interplay. It’s never quite just dance/electronica either. The constant shuffle/groove from the drums, the probing, seeking, searching sound of the saxophone, the explorative nature of the trio – it’s subtly shape-shifting and hugely hypnotic.
Released as a Record Day Special – now sold out in that Ltd. Ed format, still available in a small vinyl run and of course as Mp3s – Death To The Planet is both throwback to earlier times and the correct soundtrack for right now. What’s more they’re playing Wellington’s Jazz Festival soon! So grab this as your entrée and then enjoy the main dish live.