Happy Friday! Gearing up for performances at Austin City Limits, before returning to Europe for the Autumn greats Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Club To Club Torino and roBOt, London psych-jazz trio The Comet Is Coming (pictured) have today dropped another cosmic chapter in their mind-melting odyssey. Joining them in this week's playlist are new cuts from Delta Sleep, Temples, Natalia Lafourcade and more. As always, find the playlist below, along with some words on our particular favourites.
The Comet Is Coming – The Afterlife
Praise for Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery has skyrocketed since its release six months ago, so it’s prime time for the South London trio to reveal the next chapter in their “transcendent experience”, considering their recent tour dates are selling out like proverbial hot cakes.
Chunky, bassy synths once again act as the fulcrum for the three-piece’s shimmering, mystic space-jams on The Afterlife, whilst Shabaka Hutchings' sorcerous saxophone guides the narrative on what is no doubt an accompanying epilogue to their last release. It’s progressive, heated, and instinctive, but certainly not ‘jazz’ in a typical sense, more so ruminations on spirituality and connectivity than self-gratifying virtuosity, which is predominantly the appeal. For me at least.
Evoking psychedelic pilgrimages across thirsty sand dunes by day and scouring the constellations by night, The Afterlife won’t provide an answer to grandiose questions like the meaning of life, your entire existence, what happens once you kick the bucket etc. Who cares? It’s an immersive experience nonetheless. TC
Delta Sleep – Younger Years
Still basking in the afterglow of last year's lauded full-length Ghost City, Brighton's beloved math-rock champions Delta Sleep have today dropped a six-track EP made up of songs that have come to fruition whilst touring Europe and the US. Recorded uncharacteristically quickly in the West Country at the tail end of a tour supporting Mineral, the songs have a newfound gust of energy to them.
From the wistful opener 'In The Air' to its mighty namesake that sounds so perfectly Delta Sleep it feels familiar after one listen, Younger Years is a delightful surprise that show's the band comfortably riding their creative zenith. JB
Bryte – 'My Hood'
It’s almost exactly a year since we featured Ghanaian rapper Bryte’s debut album on our first ever New Music Fridays feature, so it feels right that we give some love to his latest single as well, 12 months on.
Released as part of More Time Records’ ongoing ‘Time Warp’ project – 12 releases in as many weeks culminating in a project co-released by legendary label R&S – the latest single from the MC sees him team up with producer Tarquin for a heavy-hitting, bass-laden account of the Bryte’s origins in the Abeka area of Accra, Ghana, to the newfound success and opportunities his music has brought him. JK