Coma World’ is serious but able to raise a smile, dark but able to shed some light, experimental but able to fill the floor, spontaneous, unpredictable but undeniably necessary - Backseat Mafia
A potent mix of dark grooves, trembling bass lines, and electronic rumblings question the concept of reality - Jazz Revelations
16 tracks of elusive, amniotic jazz tinged electronica - Music Omh
Coma World is a new collaboration between Maxwell Hallett, a.k.a. Betamax (The Comet Is Coming/Soccer96) and Pete Bennie (Speaker’s Corner Quartet) bringing together their potent chemistry in an intoxifying debut LP released in February 2021 on a London label Byrd Out.
Betamax drives the duo with his signature ‘rhythmadelic' drum rapture as Pete elegantly pummels bass tones into an assortment of wonky pockets. Both layer on a blanket of electronic dark matter to create a sonic womb-like world laid out for the brave listener to explore. This is dub and jazz reduced to the raw fundamentals of experimentation, trance and spontaneity.
Inspired by a friend’s recollections of being in a coma, the duo delve through the mysteries of consciousness and return with a striking array of colourful sound artefacts. From Cosmic flushes that wouldn’t sound amiss on a record by Byrd Out collaborator the late, great Andrew Weatherall, through to drowsy groove meditations and explosive eruptions, the album plays by it’s own rules but demands attention. The two artist's sling their dirty funk through cold clouds of darkness leaving psychedelic trails of bleeping fractal spillage. The sonic experimentation is distilled through analogue studio relics followed by a rugged 'all hands on deck’ live mix down performance from 1/4” tape. The result is a spontaneous collection of sonic debris, administered to willing participents through 12”vinyl format.