Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra does not mess around. One look at the band's rigorous tour schedule makes it clear that this is a group of musicians on a mission. The super-group's dedication shines through the music as well of course, a distillation of a variety of Latin & African styles with a solid vocabulary of funk, soul and jazz. Check out the new track "Cartão Postal" which fuses Brazilian samba with Angolan semba, with lyrics (in Portuguese, of course) contrasting the generic "post-card" conception of the Tropics with the reality of poverty that pervades many of these idealized areas. The band's new album Solidarity will be out September 18th. For further information on these tour dates, visit the band's site.
Sep 22 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
Oct 10 - Paris, France - La Bellevilloise
Oct 11 - Pau, France - Showcase Time
Oct 12 - Marseille, France - Cabaret Aléatoire
Oct 13 - Lille, France - Bal à Fives
Oct 14 - Chalon-sur-Saône, France - La Péniche
Oct 17 - Lyon, France - La Marquise
Oct 19 - Bordeaux, France - BT59
Oct 20 - Montpellier, France - Le Jam
Oct 22 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Oct 23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - MC Theatre
Oct 24 - Vienna, Austria - Fledermaus
Oct 25 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Bratislava Jazz Days
Oct 26 - Prague, Czech Republic - Agharta
Oct 27 - České Budějovice, Czech Republic - South Bohemia Jazzfest
Oct 28 - Dornbirn, Austria - Conrad Sohm
Oct 31 - Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarden
Nov 01 - Athens, Greece - Gazarte
Nov 02 - Athens, Greece - Gazarte
Nov 04 - London, UK - Jazz Cafe
Nov 09 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
Nov 10 - Kingston, ON - The Mansion
Nov 15 - Québec, QC - Le Cercle
Nov 16 - Montréal, QC - Le Belmont
Nov 17 - Gatineau, QC - Petit Chicago
Nov 28 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
Nov 29 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
Nov 30 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
Dec 01 - Washington, DC - Jammin Java
Dec 02 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live *
Dec 04 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzsche's *
Dec 05 - Detroit, MI - The Crofoot *
Dec 06 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern *
Dec 07 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
Dec 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
* w/ Zongo Junction
In addition to the subject matter of the original songs, one of the reasons Ebo Taylor's Appia Kwa Bridge is such a personal project is the inclusion of several traditional Ghanaian songs that are of significance to the performer. "Yaa Amponsah" is in fact one of the oldest known Highlife songs (see below for a version from 1928). As Mr. Taylor is one of the most significant contemporary Highlife practitioners, hearing his stripped-down version is a true treat. The album also features Taylor's adaptations of a nursery rhyme from his hometown of Saltpond, as Ghanaian victory chants, and several original compositions.
A couple of weeks ago we posted Shigeto's fantastic remix of Dennis Coffey & Mayer Hawthorne's "All Your Goodies Are Gone" to get you psyched for the upcoming remix EP. We hope it worked too, because the EP is here, and it's amazing! We assembled some of the most talented artists from the Detroit area, all influenced by Coffey's work, for a collection of re-interpretations and remixes of his new tracks. With mixes from Dabrye, 14KT, Recloose, Nick Speed & more, you know it's going to be something special. And what's more, it's totally FREE. Grab the EP in its entirety below, and if you haven't checked out Dennis' full solo album yet, get on that!
One thing about working with Dennis Coffey: the man likes to keep things Detroit-centric as much as possible. Which is great. The sheer amount of talent coming out of the D is incredible, and his latest album was heavily enriched by contributions from some of the city's finest performers, including Mayer Hawthorne, Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs, Rachel Nagy of The Detroit Cobras and more. So it came as no surprise that when we started the discussions about putting together a remix compilation, the plan was to pull from Detroit's extremely rich electronic community.
We're partnering up with Fat Beats to give away the whole collection soon, which includes contributions from Dabrye, 14KT, Recloose, Nick Speed & more, but to kick things off we wanted to share with you this excellent remix from Ghostly's Shigeto. The Michigan beat maker puts a distinctive bounce underneath "All Your Goodies Are Gone," somewhere in between garage house and the signature Motor City hip-hop sound characterized by innovators like Jay Dilla. The remix collection, titled Outer Galaxies: Dennis Coffey Reinterpreted will be out soon. Dennis Coffey's Dennis Coffey album and Shigeto's Full Circle are out now.
When we discussed the idea of putting together a mix focusing on Dennis Coffey's immense history in the world of soul, funk, and hip-hop, House Shoes was our clear first choice. Often referred to as "Detroit's musical ambassador," Shoes is intimately acquainted with Dennis' history, and a first rate DJ to boot. On Constellations - The A to Z of Dennis Coffey, he delivered beyond our expectations. Touching on everything from the psychedelic b-boy soul of Coffey's 70's solo material, to classic recordings on which he recorded as a sessions musician, to hip-hop cuts which have sampled his material, and even a couple of sneak peaks at the new album's music, he offers as clear a portrait as any of way Dennis Coffey is beloved by so many music fans of all varieties. His drop game is tough too! We were also happy to hear how comfortably the new material sits next to Coffey's many classics. If that's not the mark of timelessness, I don't know what is! As everyone from Q-Tip to JakeOne to DJ Jazzy Jeff are happy to remind you: Dennis Coffey will be out April 26th.
Constellations - The A to Z of Dennis Coffey:A Mix By House Shoes (mediafire download)
Constellations - The A to Z of Dennis Coffey: A Mix By House Shoes
RECORDED AT SOUNDMATIC BY RHETTMATIC
1. Scorpio Intro- (feat Dennis Coffey, Jazzy Jeff, Jake One, and Q-Tip)
2. LL Cool J- Jinglin' Baby
3. Dennis Coffey- Main Theme (Black Belt Jones OST)
4. Dennis Coffey- 7th Galaxy*
5. Dennis Coffey- Ride Sally Ride
6. The Temptations- Cloud Nine
7. Rodriguez- Sugar Man
8. Marvin Gaye- I Want You
9. Dennis Coffey- Garden Of The Moon
10. The Spinners- It's A Shame
11. Dennis Coffey- Never Can Say Goodbye
12. Dennis Coffey- Whole Lotta Love
13. Diamond D- No Wonduh
14. Isley Brothers / Dennis Coffey & Lyman Woodward- It's Your Thing
15. The Floaters- Float On
16. The Dramatics- In The Rain
17. The Dramatics- Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
18. Dennis Coffey feat. Mick Collins (Dirtbombs) & Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras)- I Bet You*
19. Edwin Starr- Easin' In (Hell Up In Harlem) / Digable Planets (Nickle Bags)
20. The Temptations- I Can't Get Next To You
21. The Undisputed Truth- Smiling Faces Sometimes
22. Dennis Coffey feat. Mayer Hawthorne- All Your Goodies Are Gone*
* denotes material from the upcoming Dennis Coffey album
Dennis Coffey At SXSW 2011
Weds. 3/16: (Guest Appearance w/ Adrian Younge) – Wax Poetics Showcase @ Scoot Inn 1308 East 4th Street - 1:00 AM
(w/ Chico Mann, Kendra Morris, Echocentrics)
Sat. 3/19: Hotel San Jose 1316 South Congress Avenue - 6:30 PM
(w/ Black Angels, Black Joe Lewis (Dennis guesting), The Relatives (Dennis guesting))
Sat. 3/19: Beauty Bar: Palm Door 401 Sabine St. 12:00 AM
(w/ Brownout, T. Bird & The Breaks, Diplomats of Solid Sound)
Dennis Coffey will be touring internationally throughout 2011.
Booking agents: Dave Kaplan (email@example.com) and Bruce Solar for The Agency Group (N.America), Clementine Bunel at 2 For The Road Productions (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Europe)
Management: Christian Fuller and Chris Peters (email@example.com) for Bad Data Management
Spinner has Danny Krivit's edit of Fatback Band's "Do The Spanish Hustle" up as MP3 of the Day. Download: '(Do The) Spanish Hustle (Danny Krivit Edit)' "Disco had really just kicked, and this [tune] was right on time. It was an early 12-inch, it was promo-only. It was difficult to get and you had to be on a certain list to get it. If you had two copies, you started from the break and then went back, like the edit I did. It's funny how quickly a lot of real classic songs disappeared at that time because there was always something following it up, but this was one that didn't go away very quickly."
-- Danny Krivit
Much of the current availability of mind bending and obscure African music from the 60's and 70's can be traced back to Duncan Brooker's long out of print 2001 compilation, which we're happy to say that we're re-issuing this month. What's more, we're extra excited to offer this bonus track which didn't make the album. The Latapaza Band's "Odi-You" is a heavenly slice of African funk which opens with a crisp drum and conga break. Grab the track HERE and make sure to pick up Afro Rock Volume 1 when it drops next week.
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Grandmaster Flash is the originator of hip-hop mixing as we know it. Many of the ways DJs cue, backspin, double, mix, and scratch were developed from Flash's innovations. Never one to sit still, Grandmaster Flash has entered the digital DJ domain with Traktor Scratch Pro which allows him to spin digital files on the same turntables and equipment hip-hop DJs have been using for decades.
www.grandmasterflash-thebridge.com/competition to download two tracks from the album, and include them on a half hour DJ mix. Use whatever methods you like. Get creative. Double it up and scratch it. Just make sure that it's hot.