Travelling through places where borders disappear, Kinkajous
give birth to an innovative path to nu-jazz. The London based quintet (led by saxophonist/ clarinetist Adrien Cau and drummer/producer Benoît Parmentier, joined by pianist Maria Chiara Argirò, bassist Andres Castellanos and Jack Doherty on keys) conjure a passionate, introspective and powerful music, that draws from their shared love for jazz and electronica. In their quest for new sonic highways, their unique setup and and vision brought them to uncharted territories.
Their live performances are exhilarating yet intimate, reflecting the bands’ outstanding musicianship and versatility. Key live dates include London’s Jazz Cafe, Manchester Jazz Festival, Band on the Wall, Secret Garden Party, Rough Trade, U-Percut Jazz Club (FR), as well as tours in France and the UK. Having previously released two EPs, they have gained support from Gilles Peterson (Worldwide.fm), Jamie Cullum (BBC2), Don Letts (BBC 6Music), Nick Luscombe (BBC3), Chris Philips (Jazz Fm) and have been acclaimed by Stamp The Wax, London Jazz and CLASH Magazine.
More recently, they have been writting and recording their debut album, which announces a clear turning point for the band. With an uncompromised identity, their new material is a mesmerizing blend of powerful synth lines with strong jazz elements. The album has been recorded by Jim McRae (Jordan Rakei) and 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.
Listen here. Chosen by Dan Parrott (Low Four Studio).
"We’ve been working with them on their debut album which has been the soundtrack of our summer. They’ll follow in the footsteps of GoGo Penguin with real crossover appeal, serving up jazz that sounds like it was written and recorded on a spaceship."
- Dan Parrott, Low Four Studio