LCSM (LIKWID CONTINUAL SPACE MOTION) - EARTHBOUND (3LP)
SUPER-SONIC JAZZ - SSJ 09
IG Culture’s LCSM “Likwid Continual Space Motion” release their 18 track theatre soundtrack (on tripple LP) Earthbound. With last year’s ‘EP1’ release, broken beat icon IG Culture introduced the world to the afro-futuristic and forward-thinking jazz of LCSM “Likwid Continual Space Motion”. Now, the UK pioneer kicks off the new decade by expanding on the project with a full-fledged album. The interstellar instrumentals blur borders between funk, soul and space-age jazz, while maintaining the signature ‘London Bruk Boogie’ sound IG Culture is recognised for. The album also serves as a score for the accompanying science fiction theatre production that goes by the same name. Earthbound delicately propels listeners out of orbit and into the vastness of space. The conveying message behind the album is based on the work of author Zecharia Sitchin, who translated ancient Sumerian tablets that explain the origins of humans. The story revolves around the ancient people of Nibiru who return to earth, only to discover that the humans they had once passed down their knowledge are now living in a world of chaos. LCSM translates this esoteric journey by using intergalactic live jazz fusion. The resulting collage is a melange of live sax, alternating percussions sessions, Sun-Ra like piano lines, and otherworldly synth sessions. Produced in cooperation with Saido Lehlouh, Johanna Faye and Summer Dance Forever Amsterdam, Earthbound sees IG Culture team up members from the London artist collective Steam Down, Alex Phountzi of Selectors Assemble (Bugz In The Attic), and Rhythm Section’s Neue Grafik. Collectively, the hive mind creates a holistic listening experience, to be enjoyed both on and off the dancefloor. IG Culture is one of the most important protagonists of the UK’s broken beat jazz scene. Having set up the legendary CoOp night at Plastic People, he’s also the man behind CoOp Presents and Selectors Assemble. IG Culture is no stranger to Super-Sonic Jazz, having released an homage to Sun Ra on KC The Funkaholic first imprint, Kindred Spirits back in 2003. With three decades worth of prolific production nuance, Earthbound is the next challenge in the IG Culture’s legacy, an idea that was spurned on and encouraged by Super-Sonic Jazz central figures KC The Funkaholic and brothers Vincent and Siemen Tenzer. With the theatre production making its debut late 2020, the full soundtrack and LP sees its release in april.
Record Of The Week W24 by Rogier Oostlander
"If you visited the store this last week, chances are you walked in to the sounds of IG Culture’s new LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion) project, which has been on heavy rotation for a few days now. We’ve been IG Culture fans since the inception of Rush Hour, but since the UK broken beat don has always operated on an exceptionally high level it’s hard to see how he’d be able to take his sound to the next after thirty years in the game. With ‘Earthbound’ he’s done just that. Originally conceived as a score for the accompanying science fiction theatre production that goes by the same name, this rare work of art is based on the work of author Zecharia Sitchin, who translated ancient Sumerian tablets that explain the origins of humans. The story revolves around the ancient people of Nibiru who return to earth, only to discover that the humans they had once passed down their knowledge are now living in a world of chaos. A tale that couldn’t be more timely for the world we live in today. The resulting album is a steaming concoction of grade A broken beat (or London bruk boogie, as the man himself calls it) and post-space age jazz with subtle traces of UK garage and Detroit house that seem to have seeped into the boiling pot. The storming ‘The Box’ is a firm favorite here, but each and every one of the eighteen tracks on this triple album is a trip. The fast-paced and fittingly titled ‘World Order is Chaos’ for instance, a fierce jazzstepper that’s propelled forward by a frantic sax and zooming keys. ‘Weapon X’, ‘Ma’at Life’ and the title track are roughly made of the same cloth - insistent, hypnotic dancefloor stormers that keep on moving forward relentlessly without ever dropping the pace. Bustling organic energy is key on this stunning piece of work that will no doubt prove a strong contender for the Album of the Year lists. Great artwork by Machine too!"