Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #79 / 771
Year End Rank: #40
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Based on 856 ratings
2019 Ratings: #39
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Loud and Quiet

Shabaka Hutchings, alongside keyboardist Dan Leavers and drummer Max Hallett, have conjured an album as much in love with grime, punk rock and G-funk as it is with the textural longing of classic spiritual jazz, and the result is a wonderfully bracing, forward-facing melting pot.


Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery is urgent, sophisticated, and humorous. It actually delivers the music of tomorrow via the traditions of past and present; it's a convulsive exercise in the articulation of inner and outer space.


It’s an exhilarating 45-minute journey, but one that feels more enlightened and cohesive than their scattered, high energy debut.

The Observer

This is hardcore music for a generation weaned on rave and grime, jazz’s cutting edge. The comet isn’t coming, it’s arrived.

The Line of Best Fit

Trust… is every bit as impressive as The Comet Is Coming's debut. Which is pretty high praise indeed.

God Is in the TV

Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery is a fine record ... if not quite as far out as it could be.


‘Trust In the Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery’ pulls us into a space odyssey of new wave jazz, far removed from this world and the next.

The Needle Drop

The Comet Is Coming is doing its part to bring jazz into the next decade.


The cosmically minded group featuring rising jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings dances to the apocalypse and pleads for humanity.

I've been kicking this around for a few days, and yeah this thing is awesome. Some of the most unique and engaging jazz I've heard.
So basically...

This shit slaps so much that it slapped the taste out of my mouth and then back into my mouth and now everything tastes better because of how good the funky rhythms and epic drumwork on this album were!
I listen to music that The Bald Man tells me to, The Bald Man is never wrong unless he is in which case we riot.

Ok but jokes aside, i'm glad Anthony introduced me to this album. With a genre like Nu-Jazz, I had literally no idea what to expect with this album. I'm a relative new comer to the world of jazz, let alone it's new contemporary. What journey would this record take me on, I wondered. An ethereal, tech heavy take on classical jazz? A sporadic, off the wall experiment from the future? ... read more
God DAMN, this is underappreciated as all hell. No one talks about this album! And that fucking sucks, considering it's probably my favorite jazz record I've ever listened to!

Honestly, I have trouble describing this. It's just fucking insane. The Comet Is Coming combines elements of nu jazz, electronic, psychedelic rock, and funk to create this absolute journey of a record. One moment you're grooving, the next you're one with the fucking cosmos. This thing is incredible.
Edit: So I relistened to this and I ended up transcending the universe so yeah

Yo, Flying Lotus is getting me hyped about all this jazz stuff, so where better to start this spree than at Trust In The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery? I mean, it is a 2019 album after all.

Well all I can say is, this is one hell of a jazz album. It's unlike any type of jazz I've heard before, it's creative, unique, engaging, fun, and all around stunning. It's otherworldly. Also for a jazz album HOT damn this ... read more
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Added on: March 11, 2019