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The Comet is Coming is a power trio born in London in 2013 when saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (King Shabaka), keyboardist Dan Leavers (Danalogue) and drummer Max Hallett (Betamax) joined forces. Whilst the group’s postmodern hybrid aesthetic set the tone for the new British jazz wave for a time, they’re now developing a sound that’s radically different from the hedonistic and ‘joyfully’ mixed positivism the trio has previously been known for. This new release (their fourth release as a group and their second for the Impulse! label) gives a striking insight into their music. Whilst it still contains a spicy cocktail of cosmic (free) jazz-rock, hardcore electronica and psychedelic rock, it considerably tones down certain aspects of their sound (there’s no more of the spiritualist serenity inherited from the post-Coltrane movement of the 70s…). The end result is music that’s tense, harsh, dark, and suffocating by design—and there’s no escape.


This album was recorded in four days under the experienced eye of producer and sound engineer Kristian Craig Robinson. The raw material—a selection of collective improvisations—was sampled, sequenced and edited into a series of short, condensed and extraordinarily energetic tracks that sum up what the band is capable of producing. Not a solo in sight, this release is full of simple melodies based on staccato notes and repetitive phrasing, played on a saxophone that makes full use of electronic effects. These melodies surf atop 80's synthesisers and pulsate with drum'n'bass-inspired grooves and hardcore electronica, plunging the listener into a sound that feels both naïve and nightmarish. It undoubtedly offers a striking and uncompromising portrait of a world on the brink of apocalypse. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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00:04:15

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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TECHNICOLOUR
00:03:29

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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LUCID DREAMER
00:03:29

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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TOKYO NIGHTS
00:00:49

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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PYRAMIDS
00:04:50

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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FREQUENCY OF FEELING EXPANSION
00:04:31

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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ANGEL OF DARKNESS
00:06:57

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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AFTERMATH
00:03:13

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Shakuhachi, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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ATOMIC WAVE DANCE
00:04:44

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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THE HAMMER
00:03:06

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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MYSTIK
00:04:09

Kristian Craig Robinson, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betamax, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Comet Is Coming, MainArtist - Danalogue, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - King Shabaka, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The Comet is Coming is a power trio born in London in 2013 when saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (King Shabaka), keyboardist Dan Leavers (Danalogue) and drummer Max Hallett (Betamax) joined forces. Whilst the group’s postmodern hybrid aesthetic set the tone for the new British jazz wave for a time, they’re now developing a sound that’s radically different from the hedonistic and ‘joyfully’ mixed positivism the trio has previously been known for. This new release (their fourth release as a group and their second for the Impulse! label) gives a striking insight into their music. Whilst it still contains a spicy cocktail of cosmic (free) jazz-rock, hardcore electronica and psychedelic rock, it considerably tones down certain aspects of their sound (there’s no more of the spiritualist serenity inherited from the post-Coltrane movement of the 70s…). The end result is music that’s tense, harsh, dark, and suffocating by design—and there’s no escape.


This album was recorded in four days under the experienced eye of producer and sound engineer Kristian Craig Robinson. The raw material—a selection of collective improvisations—was sampled, sequenced and edited into a series of short, condensed and extraordinarily energetic tracks that sum up what the band is capable of producing. Not a solo in sight, this release is full of simple melodies based on staccato notes and repetitive phrasing, played on a saxophone that makes full use of electronic effects. These melodies surf atop 80's synthesisers and pulsate with drum'n'bass-inspired grooves and hardcore electronica, plunging the listener into a sound that feels both naïve and nightmarish. It undoubtedly offers a striking and uncompromising portrait of a world on the brink of apocalypse. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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