Drift Sunday Classic: Austin Peralta - Endless Planets

Drift Sunday Classic: Austin Peralta - Endless Planets

For this Sunday classic we’re only going back a decade or so - a contemporary classic - to celebrate Austin Peralta’s Endless Planets.

Originally released on 7th February 2011 through the mighty Brainfeeder label, Endless Planets is the final set from the young piano prodigy, who tragically died at 22 years old, just a year or so after the album’s release. It’s such a special release for us at Drift as, in so many ways, it lit the touch paper for Brainfeeder progressing into not only Jazz, but into fully following wherever the path goes. Endless Planets is and remains an album that really turned us on.
Austin Peralta
Back in 2011, Brainfeeder releasing an album from a young jazz player was huge. Although they are synonymous these days - and especially over here at Drift - as being real Jazz vanguards, with Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Thundercat on the books (amongst many others, folks), Endless Planets was such a firm marker of intent. They were really flying the jazz flag on this one and they did it early. Austin Peralta was the son of legendary Z-Boy skater Stacy Peralta. A genuine prodigy, Peralta was awarded the Shelly Manne New Talent Award by the Los Angeles Jazz Society (from Quincy Jones no less) at just 12 years old, releasing his first albums around the age of 15. 
Austin Peralta
His magnum opus, Endless Planets, is such a thriller. It feels dorky to say, but there is a real precociousness, you can feel a tangible sense of excitement as the young group roll through post-bop jazz, subtle latin influences and - in what would become a Brainfeeder hallmark - electronic gestures too. What we didn't realise until this reissue is that the album was recorded in a single day; Endless Planets is the vibe of a session recorded forever. There is plenty or ferocity, but also so much space as you feel the cosmos above you slowly shift.

“I don't think art can or should be classified into earthly conventions. True art defies categorization and transcends boundaries and shouldn't be looked at through a lens of ‘earthly’ or ‘not earthly.’ If you let it wash over you and carry you away, that experience may not feel like anything you've ever experienced here on Earth. It can be the doorway into an infinitude of worlds.” – Austin Peralta.

A wonderful album and we really hope, with this timely reissue, that you'll give it a spin. 

Drift Sunday Classic

• Now available for the first time on vinyl.
• This 2024 vinyl reissue contains four bonus cuts from a BBC Maida Vale session in July 2011.
• The “Endless Planets” artwork is by Strangeloop, reworked for this new deluxe vinyl edition by Adam Stover and Sean Preston, with creative direction by JC Caldwell.
• The black vinyl gatefold 2LP features spot gloss detailing and printed inner sleeves.


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