Intense, rhythmic London jazz played with great energy & joy.
Cykada is an energetic bomb of unique style. They have forged an infectious sound that merges raw grooves, electronics and influences from across the world to create music to dance to with the spontaneity of jazz. It engages distant poles, analogue worlds crashing with electronics, eastern influences crossing with western, harmonising nostalgic moments with dancefloor bangers. It seems that Western Africa is just bordering with Eastern Europe, where Turkish music high fives Flamenco and all of this is wrapped up with the fundamentals of the London club scene. There are so many inspirations that it may seem impossible to unite them, however they make it happen, creating layers of devastation, beauty and intrigue.
The groups members are established musicians on the new London jazz scene, and have played in groups including Myriad Forest, EZRA Collective, Maisha and Don Kipper. Bassist Jamie Benzies is the spine of the project along with Tilé Gichigi-Lipere, also a fellow former member of the legendary band Myriad Forest and Drummer Tim Doyle aka Chiminyo, together were the first members of Cykada.
Trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom, Saxophonist James Mollison and secret weapon Guitarist Javi Pérez complete the ensemble. Tilé shows a unique and indispensable role within the band, aside from playing keys, he is programming, processing and modifying the sounds of the instruments, a massive factor in creating the distinctive vibe of the band. Cykada’s unique vibe is a testament to its members and the crucial role they each play in the creative process.
- Debut EP out March 22nd 2019 on Astigmatic Records. Listen on Spotify
- Played on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6, Worldwide FM, Radio Nova, NTS, Music is my Sanctuary, Jazz FM, in Spain, Poland, and much more
- Reviews on Mixmag, Hype Machine, Clash Magazine, All About Jazz, Stereogum & more…
Jamie Benzies (Bass)
Tile Gigichi-Lipere (Keys/Programming)
Timmy Doyle (Drums)
Axel Kaner-Lidstrom (Trumpet)
James Mollison (Saxophone)
Javi Perez (Guitar)