Review: "Cogito Ergo Jam" meaning, "I think therefore I jam" sums it all up nicely. The band, '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 Arolotto, 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. 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. … Read more
A1. 'Bossa Blue' stands up as a classic cut, echoing the likes of the Brazilian band Azymuth, creating a feel-good and fiery sensation of musical freedom. The track is driven by the ecstatic, and gnarly grit of the Rhodes piano, almost a sense of scratching the surface of the dance floor... A2. '46 to Foulden' is a four to the floor jazz cut with driving electronic keys accompanied by a samba bassline and a funkadelic synth, merging the anthemic dance culture with a latin jazz undertone. The track was produced as a homage to the former venue, 'Total Refreshment Centre', where the groupA performedA under The Sultan's Swing name in 2018. A3. 'Days with Amber' is a pure, uncut, soul-healing gem, recorded on the spot during a late-night session at the Lazy Robot Studio. The four-minute song leads the listener into a pure musical blessing, communicating deeper values and meaning to the 'Natural Lateral' ethos. B1. 'Safe as Sound' is the personification of a summery fresh jazz funk cut. The vibraphone solos echo the Roy Ayers influence within 'Natural Lateral's music. B2. 'Stalagmite' takes the release to new spiritual and mysterious territory, with embedded sounds of non-Western musical cultures fusing with new technologies. This track peels the surface of the darker side of the band's consciousness and leads the listener into an intense, mystical and transcendental journey. B3. 'Yellow' embraces cosmic energies and reaches the depth of 'Natural Lateral's edges. This sublime beauty is an uncut recording which came out of a late jam session... the result speaks for itself.