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Get ready, RESISTANCE is on the way.

15 07 2015 - Shock & Awe

Aw right, so we just released the first video from our upcoming album Resistance! The track is called "Shock And Awe", a righteous, manic Coupé-Décalé joint celebrating people power with ruckus. (If you don't know Coupé-Décalé music, it's a dope style of electronic dance music that came out of the Ivory Coast and the Ivoirian community of Paris recently enough, and it's now taking the rest of the world by storm. Mind you, we kinda flip the genre around, and do it in our own raw, rugged, organic way, on traditional instruments - but we keep the fiyah!) So the new video's up on YouTube right now, check it out!

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23 06 2015 - Resistance

Man, do we have news for you! The Souljazz Orchestra is droppin' a brand new album, called Resistance, this coming September, continuing our collab with UK-based Strut Records and Canada-based Do Right! Music. And ooh boy, this one's cookin' - maybe our baddest, heaviest, most dancefloor-driven album ever.

Now we were inspired by a lot of the fresh sounds comin' out of the discothèques of Francophone Africa (Coupé-Décalé, Zouglou, Ndombolo) and the French Caribbean (Zouk, Compas, Cadence), so you'll hear some of those vibes mixed in with the raw Afro, Soul and Jazz that we're known for... It makes for a really interesting sound overall - definitely phonky, but in a different, not-so-obvious way, y'know?

Lyrically, in the wake of the Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring, and the Ferguson Riots (to only name a few), we wanted to express the deep sense of dissatisfaction with the status quo that we're feeling within the people and within ourselves - it's obvious there's a real thirst for social justice and positive political change throughout the world today. The songs tackle some of the issues we're presently facing, but with a hopeful look to the future.

The album comes out September 4th 2015, followed by a major new international release tour, throughout Europe and Canada, from late-September all the way to early-December. Stay tuned for details!

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13 06 2015 - Everybody Loves The Sunshine

Ah! Gotta love the summertime... Some wicked Canadian festivals comin' up too: we'll be rockin' the vintage tall ships at the All Ships Festival near the harbour in Brockville on June 19th, stirrin' up spirits at the Skeleton Park Festival in Kingston on June 20th, playin' the wickedest doubleheader in Montreal since the Expos left town, on July 4th & 5th, for the world-famous Montreal Jazz Festival, followed by a home-game in O-Town for the Ottawa Bluesfest (just before Mr. Kanye West no less!), then we'll be whippin' the athletes into shape at the Pan-American Games in Toronto on July 18th, before takin' a bit of a break and representin' at the All-Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope on September 12th.

Now for those of you in the rest of the world, don't fret, we've got big things comin' up in the fall... Stay tuned!

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04 01 2015 - Props

Whoa... Turns out we ended up "#1 International Album of 2014" on the !earshot radio charts in Canada, and "#2 Jazz Album of 2014" as well! We finished pretty high up on the CMJ radio charts for the US too, both in the jazz and world categories, among some fine company (Chick Corea, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Quantic, Seun Kuti, Tinariwen, Ziggy Marley, Tony Allen...)

AllMusic, one of the top music guides on the Interwebs, chose us as one of their "Favourite Jazz Albums of 2014", and we were also in the top picks of tastemakers like DJ Patrick Forge in London and DJ Jeremy Sole in Los Angeles...

Man, we made lists from Kansas to Moscow, weird to see how this little album spread... One funny thing, no one seems to really agree on what category we should be in - jazz, world, soul/r&b... And really, that's fine by us - who cares what folks call it, as long as they're listening, y'know? You can see the whole list of year-end kudos on our "Reviews" page.

We'll be celebrating with a few nice Canadian shows: we'll be at Le Petit Chicago in old Hull on Saturday, January 10th, then we'll be doing back-to-back shows at The Garrison in Toronto on Friday January 23rd, and at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton on Saturday January 24th. See ya there!

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14 10 2014 - Vinyl No Go Die

Hey, so good news... Do Right! Music will be reissuing our earlier albums Freedom No Go Die and Manifesto on wax, specifically remastered for 180g high quality vinyl. Man, these have been out of print for years. We supervised the remastering ourselves, ah, what a difference... Tons more clear, punchy, and crisp. These are coming out around November 17th, but Do Right's taking pre-orders right now, and the first 50 pre-orders also get a free copy of the "Parasite" 7" single!

To celebrate, we're havin' a mad Vinyl Reissue Bash at Babylon in Ottawa this Saturday, October 18th. We'll be joined by The Goods Soundsystem, featuring DJs Andy Williams and Scott C, two of the top selectors in the biz. Don't sleep!

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20 05 2014 - I Can't Live Without My Radio

Wow, for a few months now, our new album Inner Fire has been holding steady at #1 on the International chart and #1 on the Jazz chart for Canadian indie radio, and it's been nearing the top of the overall Top 50 chart as well, peaking at #2 a little while back. Considering we released the album all the way back in February, that's amazing! We've been charting well in the US too, and we've been getting some serious airplay in Europe, in particular from our peeps at Radio Nova, Radio FIP, BBC Radio, and Funkhaus Europa. Even Mr. Iggy Pop, the godfather of punk himself, gave us a spin on his radio show! All of our gratitude to all the DJs, radio folks, and fans that have been supporting us hardcore with this new album.

Speaking of Europe, we just got back from a grueling but amazing tour: the whole France leg was completely sold-out, and the rest was all pretty jam-packed - we're talking serious, serious parties here. Highlights: the sweaty sweaty packed-to-the-gills New Morning in downtown Paris, the crazy Tuesday night dance party at the legendary London Jazz Cafe, the warm welcome in Heraklion for our first show ever on the sunny island of Crete, the tropical storm spun by our man DJ Betino in Ivry, the 800 strong that showed up at our mayhem concert at the Rockstore in Montpellier, our debut performance in Brussels at the fiery Espace Senghor, and a grand finale in the magical city of Istanbul. Man, thanks to everyone that helped make it such a memorable tour.

All right, so coming up, we'll be playing a few festivals in Ontario in June (Toronto on June 12th, and Ottawa on June 20th), before heading back to Europe, where we'll be hitting up at the very least Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ireland, and Slovenia... We then come back to Canada in time for even more festivals, including Jazz Etcetera in Québec, and the Roots & Blues Festival in Salmon Arm for our debut British Columbia performance, and that's not even talking about the fall... Can't wait! We can't announce all of the dates yet, but sit tight, we'll be putting those up on the website as soon as we can.
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For more info, see the complete schedule.

Jun 19 - Brockville, ON - All Ships Festival
Jun 20 - Kingston, ON - Skeleton Park Festival
Jul 04 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Jazz Festival
Jul 05 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Jazz Festival
Jul 10 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
Jul 18 - Toronto, ON - Pan Am Games
Sep 12 - Port Hope, ON - All-Canadian Jazzfest

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