Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - Towards Other Worlds

Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - Towards Other Worlds

Verdict: 2.5/5

First Word Records


FW 100LP



Written By

Dragos Rusu


February 3, 2014

While I was smoking pipe with a parrot the other day, I found out from the news about the sudden death of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa. People just come and go. For a second you would have thought they will be here forever. Back to the parrot; the bird was very insistent on the pipe. When it was my round, the bird was sitting on my left shoulder and would stretch its beak straight towards my pipe. A very curious and junky bird.

I remembered this great album that I had recently discovered, one day, while I was sitting in my kitchen washing my records. Ariya Atrobeat Arkestra comes from Leeds, UK. The 9 members band is a real deal for today’s modern afro-beat, and on this album, Towards Other Worlds, you can feel the powerful signature influence of Fela Kuti. Nevertheless, this heritage is very well kept throughout each of the 8 tracks that will make you shake all your leftovers.

All the music from this sweaty band was released on First World Records, also home to Tall Black Guy, Yosi Horikawa, Souleance, Comfort Fit, Riot Jazz Brass Band, Essa, kidkanevil, The Haggis Horns, The Fontanelles amongst others.

''New frontiers'' might be the best song on this second album, coming along with a sample of Sun Ra’s monologue from Space is the Place, but a proper full album audition is required.

Heavy Afro psych influence beyond conventional!


1. Old Ground
2. Blood In The Water
3. March Of The Idiots
4. Turncoat
5. Ministry Of Aggression
6. Towards Other Worlds
7. Future Ancestors
8. New Frontiers

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