London crossover-jazz outfit Kinkajous have shared their future-facing new single ‘Jupiter’. The single is taken from the bands' debut album ‘Hidden Lines’ which is set to be released later this year and follows on from their critically acclaimed EP ‘Staring At The Odds’.


Calling to mind the likes of Henry Wu, Mammal Hands, Hector Plimmer, Portico Quartet, FlyLo and more, ‘Jupiter’ sees the band straddle the line between jazz and electronic music, whilst instilling originality at every opportunity. Sinuous piano and dynamic clarinet is juxtaposed by mellifluous synth lines, which are interweaved into a subtly intricate rhythm section. ‘Jupiter’ carries ambient overtones but is interjected with grooves that are all at once astral and resolute. Despite the familiarity that resonates from their apparently diverse influences, Kinkajous’ sound remains entirely inimitable.


Speaking about the new single, the band says, “Jupiter was written some time ago, at a point when were exploring new ways to define our sound, deciding what route to take next. It feels like it became a bridge that opened up a world of possibilities and showed us the way. This is our thanks to what has been and our welcome to what is to be.”

Representing the same ethos as artists such as their London counterparts, Kinkajous are keen to carve their own sound out of the so-called new wave of UK jazz. Drawing from their shared love for electronica, contemporary jazz and the culture that surrounds them, their unique and consummate sound has already attracted attention from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Don Letts, Stamp The Wax, Clash and more, whilst playing some key dates around the UK at Jazz Cafe, Manchester Jazz Festival, Secret Garden Party, Rough Trade and U-Percut Jazz Club (FR), as well as tours in France and the UK.


More recently, Kinkajous have been writing and recording their debut album ‘Hidden Lines’, which announces a clear turning point for the band. With an uncompromising identity, their new material is a mesmerising blend of powerful synth lines with strong jazz elements. The album has been recorded at Old Paradise Audio by Jim McRae (Jordan Rakei) and will be mixed by reknown Brendan Williams (whose past work includes releases from the 2014 Mercury Prize-nominated Gogo Penguin). This is sure to be an essential and exciting release in an already thriving UK Jazz scene.


Kinkajous is:

Adrien Cau – Saxophone/clarinet
Benoît Parmentier – Drums/producer
Andres Castellanos – Bass
Jack Doherty - Synths
Maria Chiara Argirò - Keys

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