Being named after a song by cosmic jazz fruitloop Sun Ra, you might expect the synth/drum duo Rocketnumbernine to be wayyyy out there – and there’s certainly a psychedelic, spacey edge to their sound. Actually, though, they are much closer to the steady grooves of recent records by their regular jamming partner Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Hebden, and this album is something that any open-minded Mixmag reader could appreciate. At various times hinting at old-skool jungle, moody film scores, vintage dub, Portishead and some kind of high-tech African tribe, these elongated instrumental grooves are accessible, but definitely out of this world.
File under Sophisticated jams
Download ‘Rotunda’, ‘Black And Blue’, ‘Matthew And Toby’
Like this? Try Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid ‘NYC’ (Domino)