The Heliocentrics are a group for which genres are meaningless and boundaries invisible. Since first appearing on DJ Shadow’s 2006 album The Outsider the group have gone on to release a string of records that float through jazz, hip-hop, psych, krautrock, and musique concrete whilst collaborating with numerous genre heavyweights from Mulatu Astake to Gaslamp Killer and picking up prestigious fans along the way, such as the golden-eared Madlib and the recently departed David Axelrod.
The group’s deep-set ability to craft music intuitively and impulsively stems from a desire to avoid typical processes or generic structures, as they themselves say; “Since its conception, the band’s music has mainly been created from live improvisation. This musical approach gives the band its own sound and identity as nothing has been pre-written or prepared – for anything to happen it must be at that time from the people in the room, and on the spot.” A decade of such well explored sonic adventures has resulted in a tightly knit bond that the group refer to as, “almost a form of telepathy” with “musical changes that otherwise would be near impossible to write…they can come out of the ether.”
Their most recent album ‘A World Of Masks’, moves in sways of intoxicating jazz with rumbling and twisting bass lines that pull in the listener like a vortex. The production is understated yet glisteningly warm, allowing the natural rhythm to shine through and lead the way. The added addition of the flowing vocals above the frazzled guitars and pulsing rhythms gives an Eastern touch to some tracks. Whether the tracks are three or seven minutes, there is still an unshakeable immersive quality that drifts through the album.