Having released five albums in the last three years, it’s no surprise a sixth album has arrived with little warning from the reclusive collective Sault. Formed around the Producer Inflo, whose recent credits include Adele’s ‘30’ and Little Simz’s ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’, Sault have previously released inspiring, Album of the Year worthy releases of socially conscious Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop that vocally lay out lived Black experience in all its forms. With this in mind, their latest ‘Air’ comes dramatically out of left field as vocals, beats and groove are replaced with grand orchestration and atmospheric choral work. Dynamic, bold, disquieting, and touching, ‘Air’ is a relentless suite of tracks that is cinematic, sweeping and alluring. At various points there are hints at BBC natural history soundtracks, Philip Glass minimalism, otherworldly Sun Ra-esque builds and the expansive exhilaration of Fela Kuti. As singular a work as you’re likely to hear all year, Sault continue to create works that demand to be heard.