The Comet Is Coming
Available languages: EnglishIdentified as Betamax Killer, Danalogue the Conqueror, and King Shabaka -- aliases of drummer Maxwell Hallett, keyboardist Dan Leavers, and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings -- the Comet Is Coming describe their sound as "apocalyptic space funk," consciously and purposefully melding jazz, funk, electronica, psychedelia, hip-hop, and improvisation. Named after a BBC Radiophonic Workshop recording, the boundary-shattering trio woodshedded for a few months and emerged fully formed on South London's fertile, highly collaborative, slipstream jazz scene and began recording almost immediately. Signed to Leaf, they issued the acclaimed EP Prophecy in 2015 and followed with their debut long-player Channel the Spirits in 2016; it was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The trio signed to Impulse Records two years later and released Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery in the winter of 2019. The London-based musicians had several outlets prior to their 2013 formation and were involved in a number of concurrent projects. The Comet Is Coming was formed that year after the duo Soccer96 -- Betamax Killer and Danalogue the Conqueror -- were playing a gig and spotted "a tall shadowy figure" hanging out near the stage with a saxophone in hand. They invited him up to play and delivered their first completely improvised set. Received enthusiastically by the audience, they decided to form the Comet Is Coming to explore their mutual love of Sun Ra, Jimi Hendrix, John and Alice Coltrane, Can, Mahavishnu Orchestra, techno, house, grime, and future-forward hip-hop. Besides Hallett and Leavers' Soccer96, Hutchings performed and recorded with Melt Yourself Down, Sons of Kemet, and other groups. Emboldened by jam sessions, the Comet Is Coming signed to the Leaf Label, where they issued Prophecy, an intensely rhythmic and animated EP of five mostly concise tracks, in November 2015. Their debut full-length, 2016's Channel the Spirits, further consolidated the band's reputation as a raucous, hard-hitting intergalactic groove machine with strong apocalyptic tendencies and was short-listed for Great Britain's Mercury Prize. After Sons of Kemet issued their charting Impulse! debut Your Queen Is a Reptile in 2018, the label also signed the Comet Is Coming. The future jazz outlaws re-entered the studio and emerged with their label debut, Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery, early the following year. According to the trio, it was "a 21st century take on spiritual jazz that is part Alice Coltrane, part Blade Runner," and featured a vocal performance from guest Kate Tempest on first single "Blood of the Past." They followed the set with a companion EP entitled The Afterlife in the fall.
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Saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings is a real connoisseur of sounds and fusions, and a true explorer. Each of his new musical expeditions pushes him further towards the top of today’s jazz scene… Born in London in 1984, he grew up under the Barbadian sun before moving back to England in 1999 where he joined the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Here, he caught the attention of saxophonist Soweto Kinch and started hanging out with big names like Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers from the Specials. In 2011, Shabaka launched Sons of Kemet, a surprising quartet featuring a tuba and two drums. A complete oddity, halfway between a marching band and a chamber orchestra, that blends jazz, Caribbean and African music, Egyptian influences, and flavours from New Orleans and Ethiopia. The aptly titled The Comet Is Coming – no relations to Sons Of Kemet – is another adaptation of jazz language. But does it still qualify as jazz? It doesn’t really matter. As a sort of electro-drip-fed Sun Ra of the third millennium, Shabaka Hutchings – who calls himself King Shabaka here – is supported by a duo composed of Danalogue on the keyboards and Betamax on drums and percussions. It’s a rather avant-garde programme set to overpowered percussive rhythmic and hypnotising brass improvisations. Sun Ra, as we said… It’s hard not to mention him who was idolised (or hated) for his lengthy compositions and mind-blowing, almost psychedelic performances as well as for the odd cosmic philosophy he preached. The Comet is Coming’s second album, Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery, remains profoundly attached to its time, in which Shabaka injects his philosophy with contemporary elements far removed from master Ra’s semantic like when he hands over the microphone to rapper/spoken-word performer Kate Tempest on Blood Of The Past. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz