Ahead of the release of their new album ‘Collaborations: Volume One’ (7th June), Hackney Colliery Band are pleased to share the audio to ‘Netsanet’, the first track taken from the album, and featuring the father of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke.

A deep exploration of Mulatu’s pioneering Ethio-jazz, ‘Netsanet’ is a hypnotic east African groove, with deep jazz breaks and choppy riffs, and features Mulatu’s trademark vibraphone set against a backdrop of blazing horns. The track is the collective’s first new material since the critically acclaimed album ‘Sharpener’ (2016).

“Mulatu has been an enormous influence on our sound from day one, and it was a huge privilege working with him in the studio. He has such a creative, unique approach, and having worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to being sampled by Kanye West, he is an incredible bridge from the vintage swing era to the future of the music”, says bandleader Steve Pretty.

Since the release of Hackney Colliery Band’s eponymous debut album in 2011, the East London collective have blown their way into the public consciousness with their genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting live bands in the UK.

In addition to the release of ‘Collaborations: Volume One’, Hackney Colliery Band have further live shows planned throughout the year, including the album launch at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on the 31st May.

2019 looks set to be HCB’s biggest year yet, both live and on record.

Tour dates:

5th May - Birmingham – Swingamajig Festival
31st May – London - Ronnie Scott’s
17th-19th May - Brighton – Funk Soul weekender
13th June - Bristol – Fleece
14th June - Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
15th June - Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
22nd June - Manchester – Gorilla
23rd June - Nocturne Blenheim – supporting Kylie
6th July - Swansea – Love Trails Festival
23rd August - Alcester – Camper Calling Festival