Ahead of their performance at Bluedot, Kinkajous highlight five records that soundtracked the making of their new album Hidden Lines. 

Fresh off the back of the release of their debut album, released via Nottingham label Running Circle, from Steve Reich to Leon Vynehall, five-piece jazz outfit Kinkajous’s In Five highlights some of the records they spent time with during the making of their own.

Influenced by their lives in London, the nine-track Hidden Lines brings together a wealth of influence from across the musical spectrum, from orchestral to jazz, and world to electronic. With deft melodies, soaring sax lines and complex textures, Kinkajous join the ranks of the new wave of London artists impressing with their contemporary approach to the jazz sonic.

On the release of the album Kinkajous said: “Hidden Lines has been a sculpting process, an ever-evolving flux. It has been a constant search through a world of possibilities, discovering infinite layers as we reminisce on fading memories.“ Check the record out below:

Kinkajous play Bluedot Festival this year where they share the bill with headliners Kraftwerk, New Order and Hot Chip, as well as the likes of Kelly Lee Owens, Anna Calvi and 808 State.

Ahead of their performance, get to know the band In Five…


I came across Steve Reich many years ago as I was diving into the world of minimalism, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. This piece is slightly lesser known than some of his other work but is truly beautiful. It has these fast, rhythmic and slightly mechanical elements being repeated that feel like an ethereal swarm, juxtaposed with very organic waves from the brass and strings. Reich based these lines on the human breath; each chord lasts for about as long as the players can comfortably blow in one breath. The result is this hypnotising piece in which you get completely lost, almost as a sort of meditative experience. Still one of my all time favourites to this day. (Ben)


This track is somewhat simple, yet has a lot of complexity in the way it subtly develops and in its evolving textures. You can hear so many elements: the drums bring to mind some distant sounds of UK garage, epic strings and vocals harmonies, maybe even some Radiohead influence in the keys. It is the perfect soundtrack for a night drive.


Miles showed the way to go for so many musicians over almost 50 years of career and kept renewing himself until the end. ‘Black Satin’ is one of so many inspiring tracks of his. It is a great example of how organised chaos can lead to perfection.


Another captivating story by Henri Texier, admirably enhanced by the punctual use of the strings. Everything falls into place with great subtlety, everybody is playing exactly what they have to, there is nothing you would remove or add in this piece. A special mention to Sebastien Texier for the warmth and flow of the bass clarinet. (Adrien)


‘Nothing is Still’ is probably one of our most played albums of last year. It mixes many influences taken straight from the club scene, as well as ambient, orchestral/modern classical elements. Stylistically, it feels innovative but it is very engaging and relatable. Opening title From The Sea/It Looms is one of many great tracks in this album.

Kinkajous play Bluedot Festival from 18th to 21st July.