On our list of new musical goodies you should absolutely NOT sleep on, right near the top is the new single “Orbital” from eight-member, UK-based jazz-funk band Crowd Company. Released earlier this month, “Orbital” was recorded in tandem with a brand new album from the band called Lowdown, which received fast acclaim from premier outlets like BBC Radio 6 and New York City’s The Big Takeover.
“Orbital” is a groovy tempo-ed instrumental that dips equally into dirty funk and dream-like jazz, and it features guest musicians Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis of Lettuce as additional horn parts. It was also made at Iron Wax Studios, home to legendary drummer Alan Evans of Soulive, who produced Lowdown.
Bloom and Zoidis are definitely front and center with their sharp, distinguished horn parts here, but the meat of the track comes from the musical prowess of this breakout band. Here’s how the crowd company behind “Orbitial” described the new single in their own words, taken from the track’s official press release:
The eccentric, intergalactic track takes jazz into a spacey territory, bridging a gap between the genre and contemporary electronic music. With the help of Zoidis’ signature electronic treatments throughout the 5:29 odyssey, the track’s ambient, psychedelic jazz breaks down genre-defining barriers and brings the band into uncharted, cosmic territory.
Stream “Orbital” below via Crowd Company’s official BandCamp page, and for more information about the band, head to their website here.