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A Heavy Afrobeat Take On James Brown from Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Here’s another taste of the upcoming Orlando Julius & Heliocentrics collaborative album, and what a monster it is! Hailing from [...] Read More…

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Deep Into The World Of Sun Ra

Sun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what [...] Read More…

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Hear A New Track From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Nigerian saxophone legend Orlando Julius’ collaboration with UK psychedelic jazz outfit The Heliocentrics is one of the most satisfying and [...] Read More…

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New Collaborative Album From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

This fall, we’re extremely proud to announce the first ever internationally released new studio album by one of the all-time [...] Read More…

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Horse Meat Disco Volume IV Coming In June

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The Souljazz Orchestra “One Life To Live” Video

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A Heavy Afrobeat Take On James Brown from Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Malcolm square medHere’s another taste of the upcoming Orlando Julius & Heliocentrics collaborative album, and what a monster it is! Hailing from Nigeria and London respectively, Julius and the Heliocentrics (lead by drummer Malcolm Catto) have a unique perspective on American soul music. Their take on a James Brown cut from the Popcorn album keeps the playing tight enough for the Godfather of Soul, while adding a new feel all their own.

The Jaiyede Afro album is out September 8th, and can be pre-ordered now on iTunes, with the track “Buje Buje” available instantly. CDs and limited 180 gram LPs are also available for pre-order from the Strut store.

Jake Ferguson of The Heliocentrics on “In The Middle:”
“We’ve all been big fans of James Brown since we’ve been involved in music and have played ‘In The Middle’ regularly on our live tours. It felt like a natural fit for the Orlando project, particularly as we have added an Afro swing to the track. We first played the track with Orlando at a London gig last year and he got into it in the studio straight away – his sax solo here was the very first take. James Brown and his band loved Orlando when they saw him play in Ibadan back in the ‘60s and the two of them met up and talked at J.B.’s hotel. So, for lots of reasons, this felt like a natural one to include.”

 

Deep Into The World Of Sun Ra

In The Orbit Of Ra final cover web RGBSun Ra is one of the most respected, and perhaps most misunderstood creative minds in jazz music. To commemorate what would have been Ra’s 100th birthday, we’ve teamed up with Art Yard for a very special release. In The Orbit Of Ra is a new collection presented by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Sun Ra highights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, all mastered from the original tapes.

Hear the pristine masters for one of our favorite Sun Ra tracks, “Plutonian Nights,” below, and an instant download of the track is available with pre-orders of the full album.  Out September 22nd, In The Orbit Of Ra will be available on 2CD, 2LP and digital formats. Physical formats feature full interview with Marshall Allen along with rare and previously unpublished photos by Val Wilmer.

Pre-orders for the 2CD and 2LP editions are also available via the Strut Store.

Tracklist

CD 1

1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01
2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43
3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59
4. SUN RA – SPONTANEOUS SIMPLICITY 7.54
5. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20
6. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
7. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
8. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18
9. SUN RA – SOLAR DIFFERENTIALS 6.20

CD 2

1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
3. SUN RA – DANCE OF THE COSMO ALIENS (Live In Milan, 1978) 11.00
4. SUN RA – TRYING TO PUT THE BLAME ON ME (Live In Rome, 1977 – previously unreleased) 3.37
5. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – PLANET EARTH 4.55
6. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – THE NILE 4.55
7. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
8. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
9. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15
10. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – INTERPLANETARY MUSIC 2.40
11. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21

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LP (vinyl edition also includes both CD discs as free insert)

A1. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 3.01
A2. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – THE LADY WITH THE GOLDEN STOCKINGS 7.43
A3. SUN RA AND HIS AFRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORLD 3.59
A4. SUN RA & HIS SOLAR-MYTH ARKESTRA – PLUTONIAN NIGHTS 4.20

B1. THE SUN RA ARKESTRA – ANGELS AND DEMONS AT PLAY 2.51
B2. SUN RA – ISLAND IN THE SUN (Extended version – previously unreleased) 10.20
B3. SUN RA – ROCKET NUMBER NINE TAKE OFF FOR PLANET VENUS 6.18

C1. SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – ASTRO BLACK 10.51
C2. SUN RA AND HIS INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST NEWS FROM NEPTUNE 5.51
C3. SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS 3.21

D1. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 1 – previously unreleased) 3.21
D2. SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA – REFLECTS MOTION (Part 2) 8.09
D3. SUN RA – ANCIENT AIETHIOPIA 9.15

Hear A New Track From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Orlando Julius portrait 2 crop med bwNigerian saxophone legend Orlando Julius’ collaboration with UK psychedelic jazz outfit The Heliocentrics is one of the most satisfying and progressive Afrobeat projects to come along in a while. The full album is due September 8th, but you can hear the lead track “Buje Buje” below.

The Jaiyede Afro album can be pre-ordered now on iTunes, with the track “Buje Buje” available instantly.

Orlando Julius on “Buje Buje:”
“My parents used to tell us stories, folk tales and there were a lot of different stories involving tortoises – they often made tortoises sound like human beings. There was one about a tortoise who had a farm and I always thought, ‘how could a tortoise have a farm?!’ This tortoise is working on his farm and a pretty lady is passing by. So, he cuts his foot with his cutlass and pretends that he is injured so that he can get her attention. The lady comes over and tries to help him and he says, ‘I can’t work with this cut. Could I climb on your back to go to get help?’ She agrees, he climbs on her back and she starts to walk. He says, ‘I’m too far up, could you push me further down your back?’ Finally, the lady realises that he is up to no good, she is very unhappy and tells him to find his own way. Once she has left, the tortoise continues to play this trick on other women.

“I made the story into a song and brought human nature into it – good people and bad people. The song teaches us not to copy something that is bad, fake or deceptive.”

New Collaborative Album From Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Orlando final coverThis fall, we’re extremely proud to announce the first ever internationally released new studio album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, backed by the incredibly versatile London outfit The Heliocentrics.

On Jaiyede Afro, Julius takes us back to his roots, revisiting several compositions from his early years which have never previously been recorded. The album was recorded at the Heliocentrics’ fully analogue studio in North London.  Like their their memorable collaborations with Mulatu Astatke and Lloyd Miller, the band takes Orlando’s sound into new, progressive directions, retaining the raw grit of his early work and adding psychedelic touches and adventurous new arrangements.

Jaiyede Afro is released September 9th on CD, 2xLP and digital formats. The physical formats feature new photos from the recording sessions by Alexis Maryon and track by track interview with Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics. The release will be supported by a full European touring schedule.

Our vinyl-only re-issue of Julius’ classic album Super Afro Soul is available now in the Strut Store. Stream “Efoye So” below.

Cornell Campbell & Soothsayers Live in London July 12th 2014

We are please to announce that Reggae legend Cornell Campbell returns to the UK for an exclusive London date with Soothsayers on 12th July at The Forge in Camden.

Fantastic gig if you haven’t yet caught them live!

For full information and tickets for the show, head on over to The Forge website.

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Video: A Night At Horse Meat Disco

HMD dancers 2 squareHorse Meat Disco’s weekly residency at The Eagle is a London Sunday institution; a place for revelers to stave of the work week for a few more hours of dancing and debauchery. The party is a truly unique and affirming experience, and one of the reasons we connected with the crew for a series of compilations of top-notch disco treats. If a trip to London isn’t in your near future, this video takes you inside the club. Shot over Easter Weekend, it captures much of what we love about Horse Meat Disco.

HMD’s fourth collection with be out on June 16th. Orders are available via iTunes, Amazon, and the Strut Store. For more info, visit http://www.horsemeatdisco-thealbum.com/

SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA SUMMER TOUR DATES 2014

We’re as excited as can be that The Souljazz Orchestra are heading back out on the road this summer. Following on from their acclaimed album ‘Inner Fire’ released earlier this year and their sell out tour, this summer’s dates look sure to be a must see.

For full info on the tour, head on over to the Souljazz Orchestra website.

Jun 12 – Toronto, ON – Luminato Festival
Jun 20 – Ottawa, ON – Glow Fair
Jun 27 – Innkreis, AU – Woodstock der Blasmusik
Jun 29 – Mechelen, BE – Ottertrotter Festival
Jul 05 – Ljubljana, SI – Ljubljana Jazz Festival
Jul 11 – Birmingham, UK – Mostly Jazz Festival
Jul 12 – Dublin, IE – The Sugar Club
Jul 17 – Pori, FI – Pori Jazz Festival
Jul 19 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Jul 20 – Gent, BE – Polé Polé Festival
Aug 09 – Lévis, QC – Festival Jazz Etcetera
Aug 15 – Salmon Arm, BC – Roots & Blues Festival

The album ‘Inner Fire’ is available now.

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Horse Meat Disco Volume IV Coming In June

'Hot milk'The globe trotting quartet of nightlife savants otherwise known as Horse Meat Disco has once again given the world an invaluable musical resource, in the form of the fourth installment in their compilation series. With more than two years having passed since the last collection, there’s been plenty of time to amass exciting tracks both new and old, and Horse Meat Disco Volume IV is brimming with quality.

Opal’s “Ain’t No Way” (streaming below) already has us dancing, and there’s a lot more to come. Horse Meat Disco Volume IV will be out June 16th, on 2xCD (one mixed disc, one unmixed), 2xLP with CD insert, and digital download. CD versions will include a fold-out poster featuring the distinctive jacket from the cover art.

As always, there will be no shortage of opportunities to catch the HMD gang in a club near you (tour dates here). You can also hear them every Sunday on Rinse.FM.

CD 1: Mixed by Horse Meat Disco

1. OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix)
2. K.S.B. – MISALUBA
3. THE SUNBURST BAND – TASTE THE GROOVE (Hot Toddy remix)
4. VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version)
5. ISH – DON’T STOP
6. KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN
7. CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version)
8. L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT
9. PHREEK PLUS ONE – LA SPIRALE (J’s Loveboat mix)
10. SHAHID MUSTAF MC – GETTING TO KNOW MC (Funked Over mix)
11. J. BOOGIE’S DUBTRONIC SCIENCE feat. THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME – GO TO WORK (Hot Toddy mix)
12. WINNERS – GET READY FOR THE FUTURE
13. RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM)
14. LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE
15. JOEY NEGRO vs. HORSE MEAT DISCO – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE (Horse Meat Disco mix)
16. CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING

CD 2: Unmixed

1. OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix) 8.24
2. K.S.B. – MISALUBA 6.44
3. VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version) 4.30
4. SHAHID MUSTAF MC – GETTING TO KNOW MC (Funked Over mix)
5. KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN 6.51
6. L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT 5.17
7. ISH – DON’T STOP 9.23
8. JOEY NEGRO vs. HORSE MEAT DISCO – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE (Horse Meat Disco mix)
9. CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version) 7.15
10. RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM) 6.35
11. LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE 4.45
12. CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING 7.28

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LP

A1 OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix) 8.24
A2 ISH – DON’T STOP 9.23

B1 K.S.B. – MISALUBA 6.44
B2 KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN 6.51
B3 VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version) 4.30

C1 L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT (Remix version) 5.17
C2 WINNERS – GET READY FOR THE FUTURE 5.25
C3 RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM) 6.35

D1 LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE 4.45
D2 CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version) 7.15
D3 CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING 7.28

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DIGITAL

1. OPAL – AIN’T NO WAY (Special Club mix)
2. K.S.B. – MISALUBA
3. THE SUNBURST BAND – TASTE THE GROOVE (Hot Toddy remix)
4. VALERY ALLINGTON – STOP (Original version)
5. ISH – DON’T STOP
6. KING SPORTY & THE ROOT ROCKERS – GET ON DOWN
7. CLEAVAGE – BARAH (Sampled version)
8. L’AMOUR feat. KRYSTAL – LET’S MAKE LOVE TONIGHT
9. PHREEK PLUS ONE – LA SPIRALE (J’s Loveboat mix)
10. SHAHID MUSTAF MC – GETTING TO KNOW MC (Funked Over mix)
11. J. BOOGIE’S DUBTRONIC SCIENCE feat. THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME – GO TO WORK (Hot Toddy mix)
12. WINNERS – GET READY FOR THE FUTURE
13. RENA – I LOVE YOUR BEAT (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM)
14. LAURA TAYLOR – SOME LOVE
15. JOEY NEGRO vs. HORSE MEAT DISCO – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE (Horse Meat Disco mix)
16. CAMOUFLAGE – BEE STING

The Souljazz Orchestra “One Life To Live” Video

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 1.20.47 PM The new music video  for Souljazz Orchestra’s “One Life To Live” captures the group’s impeccably tight live chemistry, as well as their analog aesthetic. Shot in their basement studio in Ottawa, the clip translates the intensity of the live show into a more intimate environment. With pyrotechnics like this happening like this on the regular, let’s hope the studio is well equipped for fire safety!

Inner Fire is available in record stores now, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and the Strut Store (where there are still a few 180 gram vinyl copies left!).

The Souljazz Orchestra – “Kingdom Come” (Music Video)

souljazz_orchestra4_med_crop (photo by Alex Mattar)American soul, Nigerian-style Afrobeat, and of course jazz make up the foundations of The Souljazz Orchstra’s sound, but as prodigiously skilled musicians and prolific listeners, the Orchestra regularly incorporates other sonic reference points into their compositions. On “Kingdom Come,” one of the many highlights from their new album Inner Fire, there’s a distinct flavor of Ethio Jazz, as popularized by Mulatu Astatke. But the music, as typified by up an front raw recording style, a razor sharp rhythm section, and the prominent baritone saxophone work, is immediately recognizable as a Souljazz creation.

Watch the new video for “Kingdom Come,” comprised of public domain images of Egyptian art, below. Inner Fire is available in record stores now, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and the Strut Store (where, as always, LP orders will be shipped on limited 180 G vinyl while supplies last).