Family Atlantica - Cosmic Unity

Cosmic Unity

Family Atlantica

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Family Atlantica - Cosmic Unity

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Award-winning, London-based Family Atlantica are back with their far-reaching second album ‘Cosmic Unity’, which follows on from their 2013 eponymous debut - an album that won the band a range of awards including Songlines Magazine’s Best Newcomers 2015.

‘Cosmic Unity’, like the band itself, mirrors the mixed-up, intercontinental terrain of their home town. Moving through genres as diverse as psychedelic highlife, steel-pan Ethio-funk, calypso, biao and scorching equatorial jazz underpinned by deep afro-Atlantic dance rhythms, they have created a cohesive, forward-looking sound that echoes classic tropical recordings of the past whilst still sounding fresh and contemporary. Lush string and horn arrangements give way to acidic commentary on the immigration system and slavery as well as incantations of unity.

Producer and multi-instrumental director, Jack Yglesias (also a core member of the underground pysch-jazz-funk unit The Heliocentrics) leads the explosive ensemble. Alongside Jack, the band features the powerful vocals and poetry of Venezuelan diva Luzmira Zerpa and the percussive West African mastery of Nigerian/Ghanaian Kwame ‘natural power’ Crentsil as well as Adrian Owusu (Guitar).

Joining them as guests on the album are two musical legends: The Sun Ra Arkestra’s bandleader Marshall Allen on alto saxophone, ewi and vocals, and Nigerian Afro-beat colossus Orlando Julius on tenor sax who was at the time of the recording living with Yglesias and Zerpa. The diversity of the Family Atlantica project is reflected in the lyrics, with singing and poetry in Spanish, English, Yoruba and Portuguese. This is a rapid-fire, rhythm-heavy journey, simultaneously moving between the past and future of trans-Atlantic roots music.

Reviews

“A borderline chaotic mix of highlife, Ethiopian jazz and Cuban rumba along with a surface shimmer of 1960s psychedelia” The Independent

“An exuberant, percussive and increasingly sophisticated outfit” The Guardian

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (SNDWLP082)
  1. Family Atlantica - Okoroba
  2. Family Atlantica - Enjera
  3. Family Atlantica - Cacao
  4. Family Atlantica - Visa
  5. Family Atlantica - Puerta
  6. Family Atlantica - La Humanidad
  7. Family Atlantica - El Río
  8. Family Atlantica - Baião Infinito
  9. Family Atlantica - Neti Neti
  10. Family Atlantica - Near the Ocean
  11. Family Atlantica - Efik
  12. Family Atlantica - Blue Atlantic
  13. Family Atlantica - Cosmic Unity
  14. Family Atlantica - Blanca y Negra
  15. Family Atlantica - Canto de Pilón
CD Album (SNDWCD082)
  1. Family Atlantica - Okoroba
  2. Family Atlantica - Enjera
  3. Family Atlantica - Cacao
  4. Family Atlantica - Visa
  5. Family Atlantica - Puerta
  6. Family Atlantica - La Humanidad
  7. Family Atlantica - El Río
  8. Family Atlantica - Baião Infinito
  9. Family Atlantica - Neti Neti
  10. Family Atlantica - Near the Ocean
  11. Family Atlantica - Efik
  12. Family Atlantica - Blue Atlantic
  13. Family Atlantica - Cosmic Unity
  14. Family Atlantica - Blanca y Negra
  15. Family Atlantica - Canto de Pilón
Download Album (SNDWD082)
  1. Family Atlantica - Okoroba
  2. Family Atlantica - Enjera
  3. Family Atlantica - Cacao
  4. Family Atlantica - Visa
  5. Family Atlantica - Puerta
  6. Family Atlantica - La Humanidad
  7. Family Atlantica - El Río
  8. Family Atlantica - Baião Infinito
  9. Family Atlantica - Neti Neti
  10. Family Atlantica - Near the Ocean
  11. Family Atlantica - Efik
  12. Family Atlantica - Blue Atlantic
  13. Family Atlantica - Cosmic Unity
  14. Family Atlantica - Blanca y Negra
  15. Family Atlantica - Canto de Pilón