Irreversible Entanglements, ‘Nuclear War’ | NPR

“If they push that button,” declares Moor Mother, with a grounding menace, “Your ass gotta go.” There’s little trace of the festive absurdity that Sun Ra brought to that line, which suggested a party at the edge of apocalypse. But just as the threat of nuclear deployment has screamed back to relevance, Irreversible Entanglements gives “Nuclear War” a heavy-gauge upgrade — shape-shifting in and out of a groove, but always rooted in the terrifying hypothetical at hand. Bringing Sun Ra’s tune back into our orbit, the band creates a mutually assured apprehension.