Sloop Jon B
Great expansive psychedelic fusion straight out of London (yes, another amazing album from the scene over there!) Will definitely be keeping a close eye out for future releases.
Favorite track: Ophelia's Message.
This is the sound that young global 'jazz' can be if allowed to breathe. A direct descendent of Atmosphere and Working Week. Dancefloor fire and head nodding freshness. Big love to the band for their no fear sound.
"One of the most hotly anticipated albums from the super-fertile London jazz scene." ~ Red Bull Music
"Cykada uniquely marry the experimentation and soulful elements of jazz with the rawness of heavy rock. It’s an infectious and thrilling ride." ~ Clash Magazine
"The release of Cykada, however, is going to strap a booster rocket to the band's profile." ~ All About Jazz
"This is just glorious... I just love the shapes in that piece!" ~ Mary Anne Hobbs / BBC Radio 6
"An excellent addition to Astigmatic’s already impressive roster" ~ The Vinyl Factory
"Consider Cykada another essential building block in the grand UK jazz renaissance." ~ Qwest TV
"That's massive, massive ridiculously big tune!" ~ Erica McKoy / Worldwide FM
"Representative of the new burst of energy and attitude of London’s Jazz Renaissance." ~ Pan African Music
"It’s a thrilling ride from start to finish, filled with impressive solos." ~ Brooklyn Vegan
"There is just so much energy and eclecticism to it that it really stands out as one of the best jazz releases to come out this year." ~ In Search Of Media
"Excellent release on the ever-reliable Astigmatic Records." ~ Twistedsoul
"Cykada is a sublime debut album and it will hopefully drive Cykada to the top of the London jazz scene as the band have a complete set of stomping bangers that are impossibly hard not to dance to." ~ Jazz Revelations
In the last few years London has become the centre of the Jazz Renaissance. A new burst of energy and attitude brought by young musicians, equally inspired by the likes of John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders or Sun Ra, as well as Madvillain, J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Floating Points, has brought a welcomed freshness to the London Scene. This exciting new environment brought a group of young musicians together, all with a mutual desire to discover a new form of expression. Together they created Cykada.
Cykada is a band of established musicians on the London scene, having played in groups including, Myriad Forest, EZRA Collective, Maisha, Where Pathways Meet, Family Atlantica and Don Kipper. Bassist Jamie Benzies is the spine of the project, along with Tilé Gichigi-Lipere, also a fellow former member of the legendary band Myriad Forest and Drummer Tim Doyle aka Chiminyo, together were the first members of Cykada. Jamie mentioned in one interview:
'I became more keen on doing something which has a longer vision. Where you get together with people you know you can work with, people you love sharing a space with and you take your time, you make sure you’re enjoying your music and as that comes, everything else comes.'
Trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom, Saxophonist James Mollison and secret weapon Guitarist Javi Pérez complete the ensemble. Tilé shows a unique and indispensable role within the band, aside from playing keys, he is programming, processing and modifying the sounds of the instruments, a massive factor in creating the distinctive vibe of the band. Cykada’s unique vibe is a testament to its members and the crucial role they each play in the creative process.
Cykada is an energetic bomb of unique style. It engages distant poles, analog worlds crashing with electronics, eastern influences crossing with western, harmonising nostalgic moments with dancefloor bangers. It seems that Western Africa is just bordering with Eastern Europe, where Turkish music high fives Flamenco and all of this is wrapped up with the fundamentals of the London club scene. There are so many inspirations that it may seem impossible to unite them, however they make it happen, creating layers of devastation, beauty and intrigue.
40 minutes of music built as 5 compositions, where recorded in December 2017 in the Total Refreshment Centre. We are proud that Cykada’s debut album is now an addition to the Astigmatic Record’s catalogue.
released March 22, 2019
Recorded in Total Refreshment Centre, London, December 2017
Cykada have forged a unique and infectious sound. Combine electronic and live music with global inspiration from West Africa
to Eastern Europe, throw in some beats and riddims of soundsystem culture, the spontaneity of jazz and we have a new dynamic mashup unlike anything previously witnessed.
Comprising of members of Maisha, Ezra Collective, Myriad Forest, Undergrooveland and Don Kipper....more
Lyrical, yet politically ferocious— looking forward with a deep grasp of Afro-Futurism while looking back in using poems by Langston Hughes and to Samuel R. Delany’s first collection of short stories, also named Driftglass, this is magnificent modern jazz with a groove and a conscience!
Since I’m from New Orleans, I’m utterly digging these brass band sounds from London that find common ground in the cosmic crossroads between Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Fela, and the Afro-Caribbean diaspora of horns & dance music.
Favorite song, so far: “Afronaut” and may the SEED Ensemble live long & prosper with these talented women steering this spaceship!
https://www.tor.com/2018/04/18/tbr-stack-reviews-samuel-r-delanys-driftglass/ Christopher DeBarr