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 Is Back With Inner Fire!

Souljazz Orchestra Inner FireOur favorite globally-minded Canadian virtuosos have finished up a new recording for 2014, and it’s a real scorcher! Inner Fire, the latest from Pierre Chrétien & co. sees The Souljazz Orchestra perfecting their global music fusion, and treading some extremely funky territory while they’re at it.

Recorded using the Orchestra’s signature analogue techniques at their studio HQ  in their home city of Ottawa, the new set continues the band’s expansive musical journey as they effortlessly fuse intricate Eastern influences, Afro beats, Egyptian jazz, Latin styles and spiritual elements into their unique musical melting pot.

The secret to the band’s sound remains a true openness tosouljazz_orchestra1_med_crop global music of all kinds and the individual experiences of the Orchestra’s band members. “We all have very wide tastes, we’re always digging for new sounds, and we’ve had the chance to work with master musicians from all over, from Nigeria to Rwanda, from Cuba to Haiti, so each band member ends up bringing different vibes and ideas to each of our albums,” explains keyboardist Chrétien.

On Inner Fire, the different vibes come thick and fast, burning through afro-jazz stompers, highlife flourishes, Cuban bolero sounds, smoldering salsa dura, and even scorching personal rendition of Gary Bartz NTU Troop’s 1971 classic, “Celestial Blues.”

Inner Fire will be out on February 24th, 2014, and the band will be undertaking a Canadian tour in February, followed by a full European tour in March and April.

TRACKLIST

1. Initiation
2. Kingdom Come
3. One Life To Live
4. As The Crow Flies
5. Black Orchid
6. Agoya
7. East Flows The River
8. Sommet En Sommet
9. Celestial Blues
10. Completion

Strut and Tiger’s Milk Records present ‘Gran Peña Da Navidad’ on Nov 30th

Brand new Peruvian record label Tiger’s Milk Records joins forces with Strut Records for a unique one-off Xmas club special at Notting Hill Arts Club celebrating the release of new compilation album Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Cumbia and Tropical.

Featuring DJs from both Tiger’s Milk & Strut plus a special film session before the club night, there will be free CDs for the first 20 people through the door. The club interior will be aptly ‘tropicalised’ with plenty of digital imagery jumping off the walls featuring original artists and bands from the buoyant music scene in Peru during the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Musically, expect a mix of old and new music from each and every corner of the globe from Peru to Panama, Ghana to Thailand from soul and funk to Latin and highlife.

Date: Saturday 30th November 2013

Venue: Notting Hill Arts Club

Time: 7.00pm – 2.00am

Cost: Free before 8pm / £6 before 11pm / £8 after 11pm

DJs

MARTIN MORALES (Tiger’s Milk / Ceviche)

DUNCAN BROOKER (Strut)

DJ TYNE (Tiger’s Milk)

QUINTON SCOTT (Strut)

+ Exclusive Peruvian film screenings to start at 7.15pm

+ 20 Copies given away to the first 20 people on the night!

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Get To Know Our Friends Tiger’s Milk Records

It’s our pleasure to introduce a new label that we’re really excited about. Tiger’s Milk Records is the brain child of the founders of Ceviche, a much lauded Peruvian restaurant based in London’s Soho. As deep connoisseurs of Peruvian culture, Tiger’s Milk Records was conceived as a means of sharing Peru’s rich and multi-faceted music, both past and present.

Peru Maravilloso

The label’s debut full-length release will be a collection entitled Peru Maravilloso. Painstakingly researched to uncover a host of rare chicha, salsa, rock, psych and one-off fusions, the album was compiled by Ceviche boss Martin Morales along with Duncan Ballantyne (Soundway Records, Far Out, Naive) and Andres Tapia (of Peru’s Resychled Records). Whether you’re completely new to the music or a hardy collector, it’s an incredible snapshot of one of the most vibrant eras in Peruvian music history.

Peru Maravilloso will be out November 12th on Tiger’s Milk, in association with Strut. You can stream one of the tracks from the collection,  “Mambo De Machaguay” by Lucho Neves, below.