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Loka is an ever evolving band, drawing on influences from jazz to classical to BBC radiophonic to 60’s psychedelia and much more. Loka released their first EP Beginningless in 2003 and their first album Fire Shepherds followed in 2006 both released through Ninja Tune. Loka is evolving, but continues its compelling and innovative journey which is immune to trend. The eagerly awaited second album Passing Place, due for release in November 2011, is beautifully dark and disorientating with haunting vocals and brass interludes. Passing Place features an array of guest musicians and vocalists all complimented by a complete brass section from the welsh brass band Beaumaris Seindorf Band.

Loka evolved from studio experiments between Mark Kyriacou and Karl Webb back in 1999. The duo signed to the Ninja Tune label a year later and their first track “My Life’s In These Bottles” appeared on Ninja Tune’s Xen Cuts Compilation. The single “Beginningless” followed, and in 2006 Loka released their debut album Fire Shepherds to rave reviews. Gigs and a radio session for Giles Peterson’s Radio 1 show followed, as well as a live performance at the Colchester Signals Film Festival (Signals embarked on a big video competition) and a headline performance at the jazz night of the Liverpool Music Week. Loka also took on remixing duties on Blockhead’s seminal track “Sunday Séance”, turning it into a breathtaking 6 minute full on live jazz drum-orchestrated epic.

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