Mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and hi-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure, the Hackney Colliery Band (HCB) are as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name.
Following on from the huge success of their first two singles and sell out shows at the Scala & Jazz Café (featuring an infamous stage invasion from Amy Winehouse) HCB deliver their mouth-watering debut long-player on July 4th. The self-titled debut features quirky covers, such as the sousaphone led, heavy hitting take on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”, deep afro jazz inspired cuts like “Pygmy Goats” and even a gorgeous ballad or two!
The HCB album is already getting huge support from DJs as diverse as Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Huey Morgan (BBC 6 Music) and Robert Elms (BBC London) and the band look set to take the mainstream by storm with their energetic, thunderous sounds.
“Make sure you get with the HCB – and that’s coming from the HBE!” Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Chicago, U.S.A.)
Chedck this lovely review from Okay Player:
“This one is a hell of an album!” Borja, Lovemonk Records (Spain)
“Parp! Bloody love it. It reminds me of being a lad up in that Yorkshire, getting home from pit and having to clean the chimneys all night til dawn, then up again at dawn to head back into pit all day. The only respite were playing int’band at t’weekend. Cracking stuff – already played the hell out of Africa, but going to be playing the rest at many a festival this summer – cheers!” DJ Shepdog (Nice Up!, UK)
“Fantastic release! Love this album from the first to the last second – full support for HCB!!!” Dusty (Jazz & Milk, Germany)
“No diggity, no doubt!” Kev Beadle (Solar Radio)
“HCB Kill it with there debut album. There are some amazing tracks, but favourites have to be the deep ‘Closer’ and the version of ‘Under the Bridge’ turns a tainted song into a glorious anthem. Dope!” Pimpernel Jones (Herma Puma, UK)
“Luvin it! pure summer bliss !” DJ Tom Wieland (7 Samurai, Vienna)
” Thanks for the HCB music…
“It swings like nobody’s business. AFRICA puts a smile on my face,because it reminds me of my teenage days listening to TOTO on “am radio”! Very much appreciated.” Andy Williams (The Goods, Canada)
“HCB Album is dope – Loving the No Diggity cover!” DJ John Hendicott (Chai Wallahs / Smerins Anti-Social Club, UK)
“Nice project from Hackney Colliery Band! All tracks are big!” Hector Pizarro, Room 10 Music (France)
“The HCB album is superb! Dropped a track on SOAS radio yesterday.” Chris Greenwood (SMS Festival / Favela Chic, UK)
“This is bloody lovely, been hammering the Africa 7″ and no doubt will find a few gems on here for play…” Phat Phil Cooper, KAT Records (UK)
“There are few artists who can make a human being as overjoyed,ardent or terrified as HCB through the sheer of art music…there is no other conscientious band in activity that crafts music in the same distinctive style as Hackney Colliery Band.” DJ savvas (Greece)
“Lovely, lovely, lovely!” Xander Roozen (Royal Groove Web Radio, UK)
“Congratulations on this release …the teasers off the album were highlights of my sets over summer festivals !!!” DJ Toon (Australia)
” Real impressive and entertaining band, worth more than just one listen. Played it in my last “Jazz 91.8″ broadcast.” Robert Lochmann (Germany)
“Whoa….this is making working faster, better, stronger and funkier at my desk this afternoon ! Seriously, No Diggity, no doubt!” DJ Kappa (Brighton, UK)
“Really nice one !!! reminds me a bit on the German Mardi Gras Brass Band. Really cool brass sound for real !!!” Markus Milz (Further In Fusion, Germany)
Radio play: Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Huey Morgan / Craig Charles (BBC 6Music), Robert Elms (BBC London), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Jazz FM, Radio 1 Cz, Sky-Radio Jazz, Kev Beadle (Solar Radio), Royal Groove Web Radio, SOAS Radio, Simon Harrison’s Basic Soul Show, The Goods Radio Show (Canada), Straight Up Radio (Australia), Eclectic Jazz, Starpoint Radio (UK), Eclectic Lounge (Back2Back FM, UK), Jazz 98.1 (Germany), Robert Lochmann (Radio X, Frankfurt), Channel Cro 3 Vultava Cz.