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Welcome back to Selections, a series of artist-curated playlists from those in the know.

Irreversible Entanglements is a free jazz collective centring Black liberation politics. The group – which formed in 2015 – crafts a free-flowing blend of jazz, hip-hop and spoken word poetics which manifests in electrifying live performances, typically seeing the collective perform a continuous piece of transcendent improvisation.

Made up of vocalist and poet Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother), saxophonist Keir Neuringer, bassist Luke Stewart, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet and drummer Tcheser Holmes, the quintet released their fourth record Protect Your Light last month. Offering a considered combination of righteous rage and resonant hopefulness, it marks their first for storied jazz imprint Impulse!.

Next month, Irreversible Entanglements perform in London as part of EFG London Jazz Festival. Ahead of this, they curate the latest instalment of our Selections series with a playlist filled with resplendent jazz, rhythmic experimental electronic and hypnotic drone, an immersion into the collective’s world. “Heal, elevate, love,” they begin, “the IE universe sound invites you to walk in the light and leave fear behind, expand your spirit and embrace the unknown”. Press play and delve in below.

Irreversible Entanglements play EFG London Jazz Festival on 15 November 2023

EFG London Jazz Festival runs from 10-19 November 2023