Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra – Future Ancestors

Formed in late 2007 and based out of Leeds, UK, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra combine a shared love of Afrobeat and a great appreciation for the Free Jazz of the 1960’s as well as space Jazz from the 1970’s. Think Fela Kuti meets Su Ra with a little Anthony Braxton thrown in for good measure. Equally influenced by the Godfather of Soul himself as well as legendary drummer and Afrobeat hero Tony Allen, before even hearing this 9 piece outfit, you know their taste in music is great. It’s not just the taste they have, it’s the talent too. Their first release in 2010 was a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic”. This was a huge indication of what they had to offer, and by the time they reached Jamie Cullum’s BBC 2 show, he was proclaiming them his favorite band of that year. This brings us to their latest effort Towards Other Worlds. It’s slated for a late 2012 release. You may be wondering, what have they been up to lately? Besides non-stop touring, how about teaming up with Funk and Soul aficionado Craig Charles to release a single for his BBC show for starters? Next up is their single “Future Ancestors” from Towards Other Worlds , out on First World Records November 26th. Ancestors is a foot stomping, horn monster, groove making, dance floor killer. I do see a lot of them filled as well. This groove to make you move packs some heavy horns and a nasty hook, so look for this 7″ coming to a record store near you soon. Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra know the history of their influences and are hell bent on keeping all these genres alive and kicking. If they are this hot on wax, I can just imagine what the live show is like. Look for these guys landing at a space pad, I mean venue near you.

Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra – Future Ancestors

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