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 that combines funk, jazz, psych, and library influences. The group is based around drummer and producer Malcolm Catto,[1][2] bassist Jake Ferguson, guitarist Adrian Owusu, and multi-instrumentalist Jack Yglesias.


The Heliocentrics released their debut album Out There in 2007 on Now-Again Records.[3][4] This was followed by collaborations with Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke on the album Inspiration Information (2009),[5][6] which was awarded that year's 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 2009 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 and Telemetric Sounds.


Adapted from Discogs.[14]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year Details
Out There 2007
Inspiration Information
(with Mulatu Astatke)
  • Released: 7 April 2009
  • Label: Strut Records
  • Format: LP, CD, digital
(with Lloyd Miller)
  • Released: 10 January 2010
  • Label: Strut Records
  • Format: LP, CD, digital
13 Degrees of Reality 2013
Jaiyede Afro
(with Orlando Julius)
The Last Transmission
(with Melvin van Peebles)
From the Deep 2016
A World of Masks
(with Barbora Patkova)[12]
The Sunshine Makers
Infinity of Now 2020
Telemetric Sounds


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


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


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


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

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