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Heliocentrics Out There

  • Words: Scott Thill
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Heliocentrics are not back-to-basics hypocrites from the 21st century. Lead drummer Malcolm Catto and his seven comrades in funk and performance have the approval of everyone from DJ Shadow to Madlib, who employed their skills for The Outsider and Yesterday’s New Quintet respectively. And for good reason: Their collaborative fusion has created an instrumental hybrid of wonders. Equal parts jazz, electronic, funk, and more, Out There is a collision of sonic signatures and smoking jams you’d want to hear on your way to Jupiter. From the cardiac-attack chill of “Joyride” to the skewed snares of “Sirius B” and onward into the aural freak-out of “Falling to Earth,” Heliocentrics’ debut disc is space-tracking defined.

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