Flight of The Ancients

A 8 track afrobeat album (45m 35s) — released June 27th 2011 on Freestyle Records
The mysterious afro-soul of The Shaolin Afronauts first echoed across the dance floors of Australia in late 2008. Heavily inspired by the sounds of 1970's West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering avant-garde jazz artists of the same period, The Shaolin Afronauts draw on the this highly innovative and sometimes volatile era in music, using it as inspiration to create music with the same fire and intensity. Though there is something refreshing and original about the Afronauts, their music could be described as somewhere in between the heavy Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Ethio-Jazz of Mulatu Astatke. The key to the Shaolin Afronauts unique sound is the line-up, which comprises of a three piece horn section, 5 piece rhythm section and three percussionists, and this polyrhythmic approach layers the groups sound with a mesmerizing and hypnotic texture.

Kicking off with Journey Through Time (also released as the A side of the limited edition 12 inch vinyl single: FSR091) the multiple layers of percussion and rhythms indeed unleash an unstoppable groove, which is nicely balanced against the albums slower, more introspective moments, such as Rise With The Blind which along with haunting, mellow Scarab prove that contemporary afrobeat rooted music doesn't always have to be an unrelenting, uptempo assault on the senses and can provide moments of sheer beauty and reflection.

This added element of subtlety sets The Shaolin Afronauts music apart from much of the recent crop of other bands with similar influences, That said, these guys are still a collective capable of burning some stone cold classic and killer grooves, The Shaolin Afronauts are the band to watch out for in 2011! .

Part of that success stems from their working really well in a number of modes, filtering classic funky soul and jazz funk influences with modern inventiveness and brilliant musicianship. Drums and congas bring the percussive heat with a great horn section of saxes, trumpets and bass clarinet, tight guitar grooves and heavy bass. A solid combo from the fertile Australian funk scene! - Dusty Groove America

What really makes the Shaolin Afronauts stand out are their compositions, they go beyond standard riff based Afrobeat with intricate 3 horn arrangements and a series of solos that go far out while staying in the pocket. A very impressive debut that will sit comfortably on the shelf with the best of progressive Afrobeat. - /www.globalagogo.com

A superb piece of Afro Jazz it seriously kicks ! It's Fela Kuti meets Pigbag. - Ketch A Vibe Aja

Sounds heavy. Loving the afro funk vibes. - Nice Up DJ Shepdog

A stripped back modern afrobeat energy locked into one great album - BaseFM 107.3 CoopaBlu

'Journey Through Time' is such an awesome cut, it can move a set in so many directions and is just such a classic groove. One of the highlights of 2011 so far. - Black & Blue Radio Show Paul Gamblin

a near perfect revisit of Mulato's and Fela's time and style, exquisitely executed - D-Radio Kultur Oliver Schwesig

Shaolin Afronauts can take their place at the forefront of the afrobeat revival, tight drums, on point horns and killer hooks - boom! - First Word Records Gilla

I've been spinning the single for months and the feedback is always strong - people often mistake it for Fela, or are compelled to request some because of it's echoes of the classic nigerian sound. - Hip City Radio Show Chris Lawyer

I will be playing and promoting this heavily on my show! It will be making my top album list for 2011 for sure. - Rumpus Room Radio Jason Villani

A record of constant quality. - www.we-are-online.org M.path.iq

lovely standout project..looking forward to share it with my listeners on the show..congrats! - Yoruba records Osunlade

Highly dance inducing, with just enough slow ones to avoid leg cramps and to makeout with your lover before the party switches back to full gear. - Galaxie Radio Pierre Lavigne

Always great to get funk from different world perspectives, and Shaolin Afronauts gives up the funk and world styles into a stew of musical goodness. - Urban Landscapes Velanche

A bit rawer, dirtier and darker than most of the afro funk revival releases going around at the moment. - Stylin' Radio Show Ennio Styles

Comtemporary afrobeat taking the best of Mulatu/ Fela tradition - www.radiofm.sk Dj Kinet

This is a quality album & I'm loving all the tracks on there - Basic Soul Radio Show Simon Harrison

Love the afrobeat influences, need more of this to get into the mainstream! - Respect Music Radio James Canning


Although there is a kind of world wide revival going on these days many of those bands are not capable of slating the killer grooves the same way those seventies band could, but for the Saholin Afronauts things are different. Their sound still feels like a collective and the grooves these guys burn are indeed dance floor killers. Around since 2008, these guys could be the band to watch out for this summer - BillyBop Mr. Blue Boogie.

The Shaolin Afronauts have really hit big on this one. Mining the kind of Afrobeat, Soul and Jazz that appeals to the feet, they have produced a platter of unequivocal brilliance - DJ Richie Vegas

What an album - heavy tunes and great recording! Will be spinning this for sure! - Jazz & Milk Dusty

I am loving this! fresh forward grooving Afrofunk with a special touch to it. this is solid dancefloor food. can´t wait to play it out. - Ancient Astronauts Dogu

Nicely done, its got the look and sound of a sought after rare groove gem. - DJ Graham B

Sonically, this is an amazing album - I love the mix and master on this. Secondly, The Shaolin Afronauts are an amazing band - the musicianship, the arrangements - they're carving out a new edge on a traditional foundation - Instrumentation is tops and everyone in this group Lays. It. Down. All class! - SpinSpinNYC Nutricious

A fantastic journey across musical savannas, 'Journey Through Time' is mesmerising, solid and deep – a powerful set of afrobeat grooves. - Funkalicious Phil Gates

The brilliant full length debut of Shaolin Afronauts! Flight Of The Ancients blasts off from the bedrock of 70s West Africa and Ethio funk influences, but their one of the rare few combos who pull it off without it feeling like a retread of past glories. - Northside Records Chris

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