The Heliocentrics

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The Heliocentrics
The Heliocentrics performing with Mulatu Astatke at Circolo degli Artisti in Rome, Italy in March 2009
The Heliocentrics performing with Mulatu Astatke at Circolo degli Artisti in Rome, Italy in March 2009
Background information
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
Years active2005-present
LabelsNow-Again, Strut, Soundway, Madlib Invazion
  • Malcom Catto
  • Jake Ferguson
  • Sylvia Hallett
  • Jack Yglesias
  • Daniel Smith
  • Jason Yarde
  • Raven Bush
  • Barbora Patkova

The Heliocentrics are an English, London-based musical collective, combining funk, jazz, psych and library influences based around drummer and producer Malcolm Catto,[1][2] Bassist Jake Ferguson, Guitarist Adrian Owusu and multi-instrumentalist Jack Yglesias.

They released their debut album, Out There in 2007 on Now-Again Records,[3][4] followed by collaborations with Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke on the album Inspiration Information (2009)[5][6] which was awarded that years Gilles Peterson Worldwide Winner Album of the Year award, Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (OST) (2010),[7] and Orlando Julius.

The Heliocentrics appeared on the track "Skullfuckery" on the UK release of the DJ Shadow album The Outsider, which was released in 2006.[8]

In 2013, they released their second full album, 13 Degrees of Reality also on Stones Throw.[9][10] The album with Astatke was included in a list of 'Five Essential Jazz Albums' chosen by pianist Jamie Cullum in 2013.[11]

In 2017, they released A World of Masks with vocals by Barbora Patkova,[12] as well as The Sunshine Makers OST, the score they wrote for the 2015 British documentary The Sunshine Makers, directed by Cosmo Feilding-Mellen. Both records were released on Soundway Records.[13]

In 2020, they released "Infinity of Now".


Studio Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
2007 Out There Now-Again Records
2009 Inspiration Information Strut Records with Mulatu Astatke.
2010 Lloyd Miller & the Heliocentrics (OST) with Lloyd Miller.
2013 13 Degrees of Reality Now-Again Records
2014 Jaiyede Afro Strut Records with Orlando Julius.
2014 The Last Transmission Now-Again Records with Melvin van Peebles.
2016 From the Deep
2017 A World of Masks Soundway Records feat. Barbora Patkova[12]
2017 The Sunshine Makers Original soundtrack for the documentary of the same name.
2020 Infinity of Now Madlib Invazion
2020 Telemetric Sounds Madlib Invazion


Year Title Label Notes
2013 Quartermass Sessions Now-Again Records
2013 Helio x GLK with Gaslamp Killer.


Year Song Title Album Notes
2005 Winter Song / Dance of the Dogon Out There
2007 Before I Die
2007 Dance of the Dogons (Part Two) / Noise N/A Limited edition release that came with purchase of Out There.
2008 Distant Star Out There feat. Percee P and Doom.
2008 Sirius B feat. Vast Aire.


Year Title Label Notes
2009 Fallen Angels - The Singles Collection Now-Again Records


  1. ^ "Heliocentrics :: 13 Degrees of Reality :: Now-Again Records". 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  2. ^ Neil Spencer. "Jazz review: Mulatu Astatke/The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  3. ^ Sam Wiseman (2013-04-25). "The Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees of Reality | Album Review". The Skinny. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  4. ^ Bauer, Matt (2013-04-30). "The Heliocentrics 13 Degrees Of Reality". Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  5. ^ "Features | Escape Velocity | An Eternal Education: An Interview With The Heliocentrics". The Quietus. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  6. ^ Patrick J Burns. "Mulatu Astatke/ The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Album Review". Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  7. ^ "Lloyd Miller And The Heliocentrics: The stunning return of a jazz great | Metro News". 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  8. ^ Prado, Emilly (2009-04-09). "Album Review - Music". The Stranger. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  9. ^ Nate Patrin (2013-04-26). "The Heliocentrics: 13 Degrees of Reality Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  10. ^ "The Heliocentrics: 13 Degrees of Reality". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  11. ^ "Jamie Cullum: Five Essential Jazz Albums | Features | Clash Magazine". Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  12. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for A World of Masks by The Heliocentrics". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  13. ^ "Soundway Records: The Heliocentrics". Soundway Records. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  14. ^ "The Heliocentrics". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-28.

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