Fallen Angels isn't so much new material for drummer Malcolm Catto's waaaay-out-there jazz band. It's a collection of singles they've released over the past few years, fleshed out with appearances by some of underground hip-hop's finest, who put their own spin on the Heliocentrics' deranged jazz grooves.

"Fallen Angels" isn't so much new material for drummer Malcolm Catto's waaaay-out-there jazz band. It's a collection of singles they've released over the past few years, fleshed out with appearances by some of underground hip-hop's finest, who put their own spin on the Heliocentrics' deranged jazz grooves.

Percee P's nimble rhymes contrast nicely with Doom's slurred words on "Distant Star"; Guilty Simpson's commanding bark rides high over the sledgehammered beat of "Before I Die"; and Vast Aire's abstract punchlines roll seamlessly with the odd meter of "Sirius B."

And that's to make no mention of the instrumentals. "Distant Star" (which appears twice) and "The Oracle" go heavy on the skronk at first, before settling into their own tense grooves, "Dance of the Dogons Pt. 2" is a B-movie soundtrack set to a funky drum track, and "Space Time Girl" is a woozy spin through a bar in some alternate universe.

If you're new to the band, start with their debut, Out There, and work your way forward through their collaboration with African musician Mulatu Astatke ("Inspiration Information") first. For those already fans, "Fallen Angels" is a nice way to flesh out the collection.

Hear samples from "Fallen Angels" at Stonesthrow.com.

Sussex Countian