Afrobeat, space jazz and funk collide when Britain’s Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra get together and jam. The Leeds-based collective has been releasing records since 2010 and are steadily converting followers across Europe and elsewhere with their unique brand of cosmic afrobeat. The group is signed to UK label First Word records whose eclectic roster just keeps getting more and more impressive every year.
Since 2004 the label has released their annual “Two Syllables”-compilation which gives a snapshot of where the label is at musically at the moment. The ninth edition was recently released and includes the Arkestra’s “Future Ancestors”, a track taken from their latest release “Towards Other Worlds”. It nicely showcases their style which brings together diverse influences like Fela Kuti and Sun-Ra. Check out more of their work here