‘Cogito Ergo Jam’ meaning, “I think therefore I jam” sums it all up nicely. Natural Lateral was born organically out of endless and spontaneous jam sessions at the Lazy Robot Studio in North London. Since 2017, Aziz Mustafa, Ozan Nidayi, Oli Arlotto, Malte From and Tim Balasubramaniam, have all been enjoying playing and recording ideas which gave the birth to their first LP on the Social Joy imprint.
‘Cogito Ergo Jam’ weaves together strands of different musical forms and roots. Although much of the band’s love for jazz massively influences their music, their open-minded spirit keeps them engaged in other creative fields and venturing into new territory.
Creating organic vibes and textures, the music draws from jazz, through to electronic, with deep grooves and mesmerising psych-synth melodies, weaving magic over the top.
The band fuses rhythmic elements from funk & Latin jazz to syncopated odd meter timings drawing inspiration from Azymuth to Soft Machine, Coltrane to Liston-Smith, to name few of their many influences.
On every track of this LP, Natural Lateral’s frenetic energy in the studio is almost palpable, giving these recordings a beautifully intimate insight into the phenomenal vision of the band.
Aziz Mustafa – Piano, Electric Piano, Synth, Bass
Ozan Nidayi – Bass, percussion
Malte Saabye From – Drums
Oli Arlotto – Sax
Tim Balasubramaniam – Drums
Pre-order from the label’s Bandcamp.