The Heliocentrics - Out There (2007)


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02-20-2008, 01:41 PM


"Four years in the making, The Heliocentrics' debut album is finally complete. Out There is here.

Good luck trying to categorize their music. Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective's objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avante-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” – that's where you might find The Heliocentrics.

A listen to a song or two reveals no small influence from the funk universe of James Brown. But there's also the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra's music. The cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone. The sublime fusion of David Axelrod. But the Heliocentrics' music isn't retro. It's brand new. And it's timeless. They have well-placed fans in the likes of Madlib (Catto was featured on his Shades of Blue album and on various Yesterdays New Quintet releases) and DJ Shadow (the band backed him on various tours, and on the song “This Time I’m Gonna Do It My Way” from his The Outsider album), who will tell you that this band is really the next **** but that they have the consistency and musicianship that seems to have been lost somewhere in the analog to digital shuffle over the past thirty years.

The Heliocentrics are the real deal. They are “Out There” in the best possible sense of the word. Dig it." ~ Stones Throw Records


01. Intro
02. Distant Star
03. Flight 583
04. Once Upon a Time
05. Beyond Repair
06. Sirius B
07. Untitled
08. They Are Among Us - Part 1
09. The Zero Hour
10. Joyride
11. The American Empire
12. Before I Die
13. Intermission
14. Age of the Sun
15. They Are Among Us - Part 2
16. Winter Song
17. A World of Masks
18. Sounds of the East
19. Somewhere Out There
20. Second Chance (K2’s Prayer)
21. Return Journey
22. Sirius A
23. Falling to Earth
24. Outro

This is one of my favourite albums of all time. So hard to classify, which makes it great. Seriously, check it out. And, if you like it, check out the Maida Vale session they did for Radio One recently at *****presents? Blog. (***** It has a couple of tracks not on the album and a sick version of World Of Masks.

02-21-2008, 01:54 PM
woah, I just ordered this album, and then found this thread. Stones Throw puts out the absolute best music.

02-21-2008, 02:38 PM
I hope this isnt supposed to be an AOTM review...

The band does sound cool, however. I'll check out them out when I get home from work.

02-21-2008, 03:41 PM
I've been listening to this album for a year now, and its never gotten boring for me. If you like this check out the album Florida Funk. Its a compilation of tonnes of different funk songs taken directly from the tapes (so they sound all grainy and cool), presented by Malcom Catto of the Heliocentrics. Its my other favourite album atm :)

02-22-2008, 05:16 AM
I just downloaded some of their songs off Napster. They're OK I guess. A little too out there for me.

02-22-2008, 06:19 AM
Eh, me rikey.

Seems to be just a lot of noise floating around to me, like a lot of new jazz bands... meh.