With last year’s ‘EP1’ release on the Super Sonic Jazz label, broken beat icon IG Culture introduced the world to the afro-futuristic and forward-thinking jazz of LCSM “Likwid Continual Space Motion”. Now, the UK pioneer kicks off the new decade by expanding on the project with a full-fledged album entitled Earthbound. The interstellar instrumentals blur borders between funk, soul, and space-age jazz while maintaining the signature ‘London Bruk Boogie’ sound IG Culture is recognized for. The album also serves as a score for the accompanying science fiction theatre production that goes by the same name.
Earthbound delicately propels listeners out of orbit and into the vastness of space. The conveying message behind the album is based on the work of author Zecharia Sitchin, who translated ancient Sumerian tablets that explain the origins of humans. The story revolves around the ancient people of Nibiru who return to earth, only to discover that the humans they had once passed down their knowledge are now living in a world of chaos. LCSM translates this esoteric journey by using intergalactic live jazz fusion. The resulting collage is a melange of live sax, alternating percussions sessions, Sun-Ra like piano lines, and otherworldly synth sessions.
Produced in cooperation with Saido Lehlouh, Johanna Faye, and Summer Dance Forever Amsterdam, Earthbound sees IG Culture team up members from the London artist collective Steam Down, Alex Phountzi of Selectors Assemble (Bugz In The Attic), and Rhythm Section’s Neue Grafik. Collectively, the hive mind creates a holistic listening experience, to be enjoyed both on and off the dancefloor.
IG Culture is one of the most important protagonists of the UK’s broken beat jazz scene. Having set up the legendary CoOp night at Plastic People, he’s also the man behind CoOp Presents and Selectors Assemble. IG Culture is no stranger to Super-Sonic Jazz, having released an homage to Sun Ra on KC The Funkaholic first imprint, Kindred Spirits back in 2003. With three decades worth of prolific production nuance, Earthbound is the next challenge in the IG Culture’s legacy, an idea that was spurned on and encouraged by Super Sonic Jazz central figures KC The Funkaholic and brothers Vincent and Siemen Tenzer. With the theatre production making its debut in late 2020, the full soundtrack and LP sees its release on June 15th. ~BandCamp
About Super-Sonic Jazz
Super-Sonic Jazz started out as a series of events and shows at Paradiso, providing the contemporary Dutch jazz scene a platform. Shortly after the success of the events and the realization that there is a new generation of jazz fanatics on the rise, a label followed.
The label bridges gaps between classic and modern scenes by re-releasing long-lost gems alongside releases from some of the scene’s newest, underground talents. Super-Sonic Jazz pushes the envelope on what jazz culture means to both listeners, lovers, and artists. With a fertile musical ecosystem, talented musicians can grow and reach their potential, while audiences feel more engaged with the scene.
With experimental programming during the annual six-day festival, year-round events, and the label’s focus on the local scene, Super-Sonic Jazz aspires to maintain its status as the prolific hub for jazz lovers and musicians in the Netherlands and beyond.
Written, Produced and Conceived by IG Cuture
Drums – Edward ‘Nache’ Hick, Benjamin Appiah
Bass – Luke Wynter
Guitar – Alex Phountzi
Saxophone – Wayne ‘Ahnansé’ Francis
Trombone – Nathaniel Cross
Percussion – Adé Egun ‘Spry’ Crispin Robinson, Vanessa Rani Chutturghoon, IG Culture
Keys – Dwayne ‘Wonky Logic Kilvington, Fred Humain ‘Neue Grafik’ Salle, IG Culture, Wayne ‘Ahnansé’ Francis
Vocals – Natalie May, Wayne ‘Ahnansé’ Francis, Oliver Night, Demelza Toy Toy
At your leisure, checkout “EARTHBOUND” below…