You know, back in the early ‘00s I used to listen to quite a bit of music with this kind of vibe—nu jazz (and sometimes broken beat) they were calling it at the time. It was basically a bunch of house music guys from London trying to re-imagine jazz-fusion with samplers. When it hit right, it was an irresistibly funky cocktail of melody, low-end and impossibly dope rhythm, but alas it basically disappeared up its own ass (in much the same way as jazz fusion actually) sometime around 2004.
This Australian four-piece— self-described as “multi-dimensional poly-rhythmic gangster shit”—would have likely smashed that London scene to bits. Anchored by a vice-like rhythm section and front woman Nai Palm‘s cryptic song writing, their hybrid sound threads at least half a dozen genres together no sweat. Plus all of these guys have classical jazz musician-level chops.
Their debut full-length Choose Your Weapon, which was released this spring via independent Australian imprint Flying Buddha, is, simply put, an opus. A sprawling offering that changes that switches kaleidoscopically through textures, styles and time signatures, it connects the dots between the African poly-rhythms the atmospheric mysticism of Sun Ra and Lonnie Liston Smith and the synthetic bounce of Brainfeeder/post-J Dilla LA beat scene.