Mercury Prize 2016 nominee
“Powered by Arkestral cosmic forces, The Comet Is Coming. Brace for impact” – The Guardian
“If intergalactic jazz voyager Sun Ra had relocated to Cologne in 1971, he may well have made an album like this” – MOJO
“The raw beauty of the ambitious 42-minute album is a joy to behold” 9/10 – The Line of Best Fit
“Completely explosive and spontaneous” – The Quietus
“Raucous mix of ska, dance and electronic with rhythmic bleeps and chunky beats” – The Financial Times
“The Comet Is Coming embraces stargazing psychedelia on its maiden voyage, outfitting spacey synth arrangements with taut saxophone riffs that spiral off into the inky abyss” – Time Out, New York
The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse. In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier? In a warehouse somewhere in london 2013 a meeting would take place between three musical cosmonauts. They would pool their energies to build a vessel powerful enough to transport any party into outer space. Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down), Danalogue and Betamax (Soccer96). Together they chart a path based on the encoded language of Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and the BBC Radiophonic Workshops from which the band’s name emerged. It is after the end of the world, the stage is a spacecraft, the mic is an accelerator.
Brace yourself for The Comet is Coming.
‘Do The Milky Way’ was Lauren Laverne’s MPFree on BBC 6 Music last week, John Kennedy’s single of the week on Radio X (formerly XFM) and their music has also been played by Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2, Radio 3’s Late Junction and a few other 6 Music DJs including Stuart Maconie’s Freakier Zone where they had guests to review at the ‘Roundtable’ and all three (Maconie, John Doran from the Quietus and 808 State’s Graham Massey heaped praise on the band).
Sunda Arc are an electronic duo based in Norwich, with brothers Nick Smart and Jordan Smart. Their influences are in electronica, techno, idm, hip hop, and jazz, and their music seeks to bring human elements out of synths and electronic elements from acoustic sounds. They use a live set-up that incorporates electronics, sampling and live instruments to make their shows interesting and unique.