NEW MUSIC: Saltwater Samurai – Maximum Thursday

Saltwater Samurai at Queen Elizabeth Hall

The first time I saw this quintet from South London was at a warehouse party in 2010. The audience didn’t know what hit them – they were totally fresh and out of this world!

Since that ground-breaking Hackney gig, they’ve performed with The Invisibles, have been on BBC Radio with Gilles Peterson and solidified their place in the UK jazz scene. Their quirky, dynamic blend of electro-jazz fused with funk and disco-house puts them somewhere between BADBADNOTGOOD and Portico Quartet.

Listen to “Battle of Deptford (1497)” for a taster:

Saltwater Samurai have just come out with a new exciting release, “Maximum Thursday”, which is available for free download here. This new single swings effortlessly and gracefully between the hectic, banging energy they’re renowned for and a gentle expression of their accord.


They’re hosting a launch party for the new single with DJ sets from Tom Skinner and Finn Peters on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, at Catch – 22 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA.

Saltwater Samurai are:

Luke Georgiou – Alto Saxophone
Alex Horky – Keys
Huw Bennett – Double Bass
Hugh Jones – Electronics
George Bird – Drums