cf premiere: coma world “thief” (byrd out)

Colectivo Futuro is very excited to share a first taste of a brand new collaboration between Betamax and Pete Bennie under the name of ‘Coma World’. “Thief” is the perfect introduction the experimental post-rock-meets-dub-and-jazz sound to be heard on their self-titled album, forthcoming on the risk-taking Byrd Out imprint – home to releases from Evan Parker, Disco Vumbi and the late great Andrew Weatherall’s last record.

Coma World is a new collaboration between Maxwell Hallett, a.k.a. Betamax (The Comet Is Coming/Soccer96) and Pete Bennie (Speakers Corner Quartet) bringing together their potent chemistry in an intoxifying debut LP. Betamax drives the duo with his signature ‘rhythmadelic’ drum rapture as Pete elegantly pummels bass tones into an assortment of wonky pockets. Both layer on a blanket of electronic dark matter to create a sonic womb-like world laid out for the brave listener to explore. This is dub and jazz reduced to the raw fundamentals of experimentation, trance and spontaneity.

Inspired by a friend’s recollections of being in a coma, the duo delve through the mysteries of consciousness and return with a striking array of colourful sound artefacts. From cosmic flushes that wouldn’t sound amiss on a record by Byrd Out collaborator the late, great Andrew Weatherall, through to drowsy groove meditations and explosive eruptions, the album plays by its own rules but demands attention. The two artists sling their dirty funk through cold clouds of darkness leaving psychedelic trails of bleeping fractal spillage. The sonic experimentation is distilled through analogue studio relics followed by a rugged ‘all hands on deck’ live mix down performance from 1/4” tape. The result is a spontaneous collection of sonic debris that will be administered to willing participants through 12” vinyl format. Limited to just 300 copies!

‘Thief’ is a little taste of what’s to come in December with a full LP of jazz infused experimental dub. To stay in the loop, follow Coma World’s Facebook and Instagram, as well as ByrdOut’s Bandcamp page. Artwork by Philip Hale.