Packed with infectious energy, Cykada have spwaned from a collusion of members from London’s most exciting Jazz Collectives’, in ‘Ezra Collecvtive’, ‘Maisha’, and ‘Myriad Forest’. Forming the band is Cykada is Jamie Benzies (Bass), Tile Gigichi-Lipere (Keys/Programming), Timmy Doyle (Drums), Axel Kaner-Lidstrom (Trumpet), James Mollison (Saxophone) and Javi Perez (Guitar). Tile’s dynamic role within the team places’ him in charge of programming, processing as well as, modifiying the sounds of the instruments, which are vital in forming their contagious sound.
The collective’s debut album titled – ‘Cykada’ is an energetic bomb of unique style and immersion. 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 band are happy to share the first single ‘ Ophelia’s Message’ and annoucne their debut album set for the 22nd March.
Stream Ophelia’s Message below: