Premiere: Horatio Luna – Hero (Extended Play)

London’s been blowing it’s own trumpet – and rightfully so – about the recent jazz surge, but over the other side of the world there’s plenty more riffing worth writing about. Both fronted by charismatic vocalists, Hiatus Kaiyote and 30/70 might not be explicitly associated with jazz, but the musicians at their foundation are pushing exciting boundaries for the genre.

Bassist in 30/70, Horatio Luna has penned a new EP which unites many of these musicians, which came about through a chance recording of a jam curated by Melbourne DJ Eddie Mac. In on the session were Hiatus Kaiyote bandmates Perrin Moss and Silent Jay alongside 30/70’s drummer Ziggy Zeitgeist. The lo-fi recording of Cultural Warriors gives the EP a rawness that’s disconcerting at first but once your ears adjust, you wonder why it took you so long.

Jazzy house is becoming a bit of a catch-all term these days, but with this band-created improvised version you’ll struggle to find a better, more literal interpretation this year than Horatio Luna. The extended version of ‘Hero’ includes a bridge that feels like it’s stuck on emergency loop but builds into a jazzy tool that teases nearly as much Moodymann’s ‘Shade of Jae’, before making way for a shredding finale. 

Cultural Warriors EP is out 11th May on La Sape – buy from Bandcamp.

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