Coma World is a new collaboration between Maxwell Hallett, a.k.a. Betamax (The Comet Is Coming/Soccer96) and Pete Bennie (Speaker’s Corner Quartet) bringing together their potent chemistry in an intoxifying self-titled debut LP. Betamax drives the duo with his signature ‘rhythmadelic’ drum rapture as Pete elegantly pummels bass tones into an assortment of wonky pockets epitomised in our track premiere, ‘Oblonge’. Both layer on a blanket of electronic dark matter to create a sonic womb-like world laid out for the brave listener to explore. This is dub and jazz reduced to the raw fundamentals of experimentation, trance and spontaneity.
Inspired by a friend’s recollections of being in a coma, the duo delve through the mysteries of consciousness and return with a striking array of colourful sound artefacts. The sonic experimentation is distilled through analogue studio relics followed by a rugged ‘all hands on deck’ live mix down performance from 1/4” tape. The result is a spontaneous collection of sonic debris that will be administered to willing participants through a limited-edition 12” vinyl as well as a digital download.
A 300 vinyl press and digital release is set for 5 February, 2021 via Byrd Out and can be ordered here