Oct 4, 2010
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - Crosstown Traffic E.P.
The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra formed in late 2007 when members of the Kidkanevil live show and First Word stalwarts Homecut began a series of late night afrobeat sessions at Leeds’s Sela Bar. It was out of these jam sessions that The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra was born, combining their love of afrobeat with their appreciation of the space jazz pioneers of the 70’s and the free jazz trailblazers of the 60’s, coupled with a hefty nod towards James Brown. Individually they have been lucky enough to Perform with the likes of Yarah Bravo, Gilad Atzmon, Jehst, The New Mastersounds, The Haggis horns, Kidkanevil, Homecut, Kissey Asplund and Ty, to name a few. They are currently in the studio recording their debut album, which should see the light of day later in the year… It's worth noting that the above tunes are live tracks and demos only. Proper studio tracks'll follow in due time...
... from their myspace page!
First Word are proud to present the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, the latest product of the same Northern music scene that produced the likes of The Haggis Horns and The New Mastersounds.The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra formed in late 2007 when members of the kidkanevil live show and First Word stalwarts Homecut began a series of late night afrobeat sessions at Leeds' Sela Bar. It was out of these jam sessions that the 8 piece Arkestra was born, combining their love of afrobeat with their appreciation of the space jazz pioneers of the 70's and the free jazz trailblazers of the 60's, coupled with a hefty nod towards James Brown.Lead track 'Crosstown Traffic' needs no introduction a firing cover of the Hendrix classic, this is instant dancefloor dynamite. Already getting plays on Craig Charles Funk & Soul show, this is set to be a must-have record for any DJ in the funk / afro / jazz scene. On the flip 'Lost in Kinshasa' is another driving afrobeat club track, with the Ariya horns to the fore.
In 2010 they recorded their debut album for First Word Records. “Crosstown Traffic/Lost In Kinshasa”, the first single to be taken from the album, will be released in March and has already garnered much praise. A second single will follow in the summer with the album being released in the autumn.
01 Crosstown Traffic 4:05
02 Lost In Kinshasa (45Edit) 4:08
03 Lost In Kinshasa (Full Version) 7:25
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