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The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery is a Red Bull: must-listen LP for 2019

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By now you'll be aware that jazz is back. In the UK, a brace of acts that came through youth group Tomorrow's Warriors are transforming the sound through the influence of contemporary music like grime, rap and sound system culture. A thriving west coast scene formed around pioneering musicians like Kamasi Washington and Thundercat continues to bear fruit. From the latest up-and-coming groups transforming the London scene to outliers from Tokyo, Los Angeles and Chicago – here are a brace of must-listen LPs from a banner year.

Legendary London saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings blessed us with not one, but two The Comet Is Coming releases this year – Trust in The Lifeforce… was followed by sister EP The Afterlife in September. Both are essential in their wild, psychedelic abandon and forward-thinking aesthetic, balancing Hutchings' powerful and moving horn work with pulsating electronics and charging drums courtesy of his mysterious bandmates, Danalogue and Betamax. As Danalogue puts it: "The two records can be seen as companions, that cannot exist without each other, like day and night, light and dark, creation and destruction. They were made together, at the same time, and have always been intended to be experienced together."

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