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The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles: The Last Transmission

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The Last Transmission is a trippy, space-age, world-fusion-acid-jazz groove for the 22nd century. The Heliocentrics-a U.K. collective that throws every kind of music into a pot and raises it to a boil-have teamed with octogenarian African-American filmmaker/novelist/playwright/composer/astronomer Melvin Van Peebles, who recites a 12-chapter story-poem over the music. The narrator sends surrealistic messages from deep space, while the band, led by drummer (and pianist and guitarist) Malcom Catto, creates thick grooves drawn from funk, hip-hop, electronica, Middle Eastern music, movie soundtracks and jazz sources as disparate as Sun Ra (of course) and Miles Davis’ fusion era (especially Agharta and Pangaea).

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