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- Quatermass Sessions 1 by The Heliocentrics
8/10 Andrew Customer review, 6th August 2014
Fans of Malcolm Catto should know what to expect here, this isn't a straight up LP of two and a half minute funk tracks. With Catto & The Heliocentrics you get an altogether more cosmic vibe. Heavy drums, psychedelic riffs, deepness, some tracks long and winding, some short bursts. This is a sprawling EP full of eperimental pattens that catches you unaware as you suddenly find yourself lost in the grooves.
A brief intro track called, 'Intro' gives way to the funky 'The Five Thing', if you like Madlib when he does his deep funky jazz thing, you'll love this. Further tracks, Thunde & Lightening, Primitivos and more form the 6 tracks of side 1, weaving their magic Jake Ferguson adding bass and electronica to Catto's percussion. The B side is all about 'Outer Realms' which is bookended by Something Bad A Coming and well... 'Outro'.
I love this, so why only an 8 out of 10? Well whilst the music is great, it is a slight package, there are 9 tracks, but to be honest a few or them are little more than sketches so you aren't getting an awful lot of music for your money. However if you dig Finders Keepers, Dom Thomas or Gaslamp Killer you'll do a lot worse than picking this up. Cosmic, psyche funk with touches of the exotic don't come much better than the Heliocentrics. If nothing else this is a delicious starter before the main course of their anticipated hook up with Melvin Van Peebles.
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