Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery Image
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the London-based jazz trio of Max Hallett, Shabaka Hutchings and Dan Leavers features a guest appearance from Kate Tempest.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. Mojo
    Mar 13, 2019
    80
    The constantly shape-shifting and explosive dynamics of this brutal yet accessible blaze of glory are borne from a collaboration that's instinctive, primal and alchemical, effortlessly outclassing the competition. [Apr 2019, p.88]
  2. Q Magazine
    Mar 13, 2019
    80
    Though rhythmically powerful, it's Hutchings's fluttering, forceful sax that is the totem around which this album prances with energy and adventure. And it's a blast. [May 2019, p.108]
  3. The Wire
    Apr 3, 2019
    80
    Don’t let inevitable mainstream acclaim obscure the beauty and ingenuity of this album; it’s big enough for everyone. [Apr 2019, p.52]
  4. Uncut
    Mar 13, 2019
    80
    The result is pulsating electronic music that draws from the spontaneity and invention of free jazz. [Apr 2019, p.30]
  5. Mar 21, 2019
    80
    It’s “out there” but most of it is remarkably accessible, especially the raucous “Summon the Fire.” It’s transcendent music that relies on electronics, notably heavy use of reverb and tape delay, but Hutchings is a fiery sax player who blows aggressively while safeguarding the melody.
  6. Apr 2, 2019
    80
    This is space tourism, flying first class.
  7. Mar 18, 2019
    78
    Lifeforce is an album in the truest sense, with each song blending into the next for continuous listening. Mostly low- to mid-tempo, the band skillfully integrates bleak and radiant tones, leading to an impressive nine-track suite of ambient, spoken-word and grime-infused compositions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 30, 2019
    10
    Космический космос - советовать всем, писать на стенках, орать с балкона и не переставать слушать эту годноту весь год!Космический космос - советовать всем, писать на стенках, орать с балкона и не переставать слушать эту годноту весь год!
  2. Mar 17, 2019
    9
    It's like being thrown into space but your oxygen supply is replaced with pure psychoactives.

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