9:00pm - 12:00am | FREE ENTRY | DOORS 6PM | HAPPY HOUR 6PM - MIDNIGHT | GIG STARTS 9PM
Hippo is a contemporary jazz trio based in Bristol UK. In the lineage of Donny McCaslin and STUFF, their music buries a jazz aesthetic in a nest of beefy electronics and bouncing rhythms. The earnest muscular sound debuted on their 2018 release caught the attention of BBC Radio 3, Introducing, and Fresh on the Net. Playing live, their hybrid music has seen them entertain diverse crowds across the UK - from techno raves to basement jazz clubs and everything in between.
A second EP, due in November 2019 converges on the palette established on the first release: saxophones, synthesisers and drums go in, Hippo comes out.
The first single from the new record, DAK, is Hippo’s boldest release yet– filthy bass and drums meet distorted sax in a future jazz banger that boils over into pulsing synthy soup. Icing on the cake comes from a balls-to-the-wall finale guitar solo from guest virtuoso Joe Price. The tune emerged from a little piano nugget by Holysseus Fly (Ishmael Ensemble).
Their show at Matt and Phreds will be the first touring of the new material from their 2nd EP, and their first visit to Manchester!
“Hippo then cranked things up with flairs of electro-psych and dream-like chord sequences meshing, culminating in a great interstellar beast. It was a full-on frenzy, leaving its mark.” - Bristol In Stereo
“Impressive jazz minimalism” - Bris 24/7
“Floor filling, rhythmic jazz magic” - Cosmogramma