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Speaking of spirituality, The Comet Is Coming - Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam makes 89.9KCRW-cosmic Top30

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The Comet Is Coming release of their anticipated fourth studio album: Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam via Impulse! Records, has already gained steady critical acclaim from the likes of New York Times, NPR Music, The Fader, Stereogum and more, for its adventurous and experimental sounds concocted at Peter Gabriel’s studio.

Featuring synth magician/producer Danalogue, drummer-producer Betamax, and saxophonist/spiritual riffologist Shabaka– burn brightly, soundtracking our epoch of change in ways their contemporaries simply aren’t trying to.

The process: emerging straight from lockdown, the trio went to Peter Gabriel’s Real World decked out studio tucked away in the English countryside. With the help of the band’s longtime engineer Kristian Craig Robinson, the trio embarked on a four-day long recording process guided by collective intuition, sheer skill, and transcendent improvisation. Next, Danalogue and Betamax fastidiously sampled the band’s own creations, alchemically weaving the out-of-body musical collisions with microscopic attention to detail in the production room. This distillation process yields a profound coherent musical message about the future of technology, humankind, spirituality, and the connectivity of the universe. Which just so happens to rock.

Tracks like “PYRAMIDS” drenched in layers of controlled synth-syncopation and Shabaka’s iconic minimalism pulsing forward and “ATOMIC WAVE DANCE” are stone-cold bangers, made for a nightclub on a space station. “LUCID DREAMER,” on the other hand is a vulnerable and emotional guided meditation led by Danalogue’s Ensoniq synth, which eerily evokes humanoid choir voicings through technology. This album has the unrelenting, driving and fiery muscle that Comet is known for, but creates a space where ideas about the future – dystopian or hopeful – technology, artificial intelligence, hidden meanings and transcendental transformations can exist.

The Comet Is Coming formed when Soccer96 – Danalogue and Betamax’s synth-drum tron-like duo – were playing and captured jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings attention. After some tentative conversations between the duo and Shabaka, he hopped on stage at a show on a trial run and the energy coarsed between the trio and Comet was born. This union was a result of, as Danalogue describes it, “the algorithm of fate.” See, they all attended Guildhall School of Music where Dan and Max met - but Dan and Shabaka were a tale of missed connections as they shared the same saxophone teacher. Thankfully, fate’s algorithm guided the trio together. Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam follows their 2019 Trust In The Life Force of the Deep Mystery, which garnered praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, Washington Post, and their follow-up EP The Afterlife. This is their fourth full-length studio album.

KCRW’s Top 30 is Written by Marion Hodges……After last week’s quick peek behind the curtain, the heat is on once again between our current Top 30 frontrunners Totally Enormous Dinosaurs and Gabriels. Last week’s list featured a challenge from long-time KCRW favorite Santigold, who briefly claimed the number one spot. Though she finds herself on a lower-rung of the top ten this week, her latest album “Spirituals” is still in very heavy rotation.

Speaking of spirituality, the newest edition to our cosmic chart consortium is mind-melting psychedelic jazz collective The Comet Is Coming. The London-based trio is one of several projects anchored by the otherworldly talent of composer Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, Shabaka and the Ancestors).

Carry on to receive the gift of “Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam,” the latest work from The Comet Is Coming, along with the rest of what our most-played records of the past week have to offer. The pleasure awaits on our Spotify playlist.

Photo by Fabrice Bourgelle