Souljazz Orchestra Share New Track & World Tour Dates

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

Strut Boat Party In London

It’s been some time, more than eight years, since we got the Strut crew together in London for an evening of fine music and revelry. The time has come once again, and we’re going to do it up in proper style! We’ll be taking to the decks on the deck of the Tamesis Dock, moored at Albert Embankment, with a crew of label friends and family, and some special guests. This will our grand re-entrance into the London nightlife, so look for more events on the horizon. Come raise a glass and give summer a final hurrah to the finest sounds in disco, soul, afro-funk, and everything in between!

The Tamesis Boat Dock, Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
(between Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge)
Sunday 25th September 2011
DJs Duncan Brooker, Toni Rossano, Christine Indigo, & special guest Bill Brewster
4.00pm to 12.00am
Tickets: £5 all night – on the door. Book online at

Norman Jay MBE & the History of Good Times

As we celebrate the anniversary of one of our favorite, and certainly one of the most influential sound systems, it’s nice to be able to take a look back at the development of Norman Jay’s Good Times, and his shaping of popular tastes. Through conversations with Norman himself, and those close to him, we get to see some of the many things that made (and make) Good Times so special. Hats off to Norman, and to the parties which have brought so many people together.

Dennis Coffey Remix EP: Free D/L!

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!

Dennis Coffey Remixes On The Way: Hear Shigeto’s Mix Now

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.

All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne (Shigeto remix) by Strut

Kid Creole Returns With A New Album

The Tropical Gangster is back! August Darnell a.k.a. Kid Creole returns with I Wake Up Screaming, his first studio album in over 10 years. The album finds Creole in top form, delivering the sort of clever commentary and intricately constructed grooves we’ve come to rely on him for. Mixed by Brennan Green (Chinatown Records, New York) and Lars Nissen (Denmark), the album features co-compositions and co-productions with Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair, which is a pretty amazing talent pool if we do say so ourselves! The first single, “I Do Believe,” is due in July, with mixes by Brennan Green, Faze Action, 40 Thieves and Emperor Machine. Make sure to have a dance floor handy…

Norman Jay MBE Celebrates 30 Years Of Good Times With A New Compilation

Norman Jay walks his own path as a DJ, a regrettably rare trait these days. His Good Times sound system is a festival mainstay, and an institution at Notting Hill Carnival, where Jay was instrumental in introducing a range of gritty, soulful styles to complement the predominantly reggae-based sound systems. Jay helped spread an appreciation for deep crates and eclectic selections during the rise of Acid Jazz, and was a force behind Shake ‘N’ Fingerpop, High On Hope and the seminal Talkin’ Loud label alongside Gilles Peterson, all of which built his reputation for open-minded soulful selections spanning soul, funk, disco, early house, reggae and hip hop. He is also the first DJ to be presented with the MBE honor. For you non-Brits, that’s Member of the Order of the British Empire. Other honorees include, say, The Beatles.

Now, the maestro returns with a special 30th Anniversary collection for Strut, another bumper set of genre-hopping classics and rare Good Times favourites. Tracks include boogie rarity ‘Dreamin’ by short-lived band Zalmac and Fries & Bridges’ ‘Forever This’, a 4×4 belter featuring an early vocal by chart superstar Cee-Lo Green. Jay touches on independent hip hop with Basement Chemist, jazz grooves courtesy of Kira Neris and Attic Tree, skanking reggae from Jacob Miller and doo-wop soul courtesy of Little Anthony & The Imperials. The album is an incredible collection of music from a man whose one-of-a-kind selections have pleased crowds the world over. Look for it in July on CD, LP + digital download, featuring a new interview between Jay and journalist Lloyd Bradley, as well as career-spanning photos.

10. J BOOGIE’S DUBTRONIC SCIENCE feat. GOAPELE and CAPITOL A – TRY ME (People Under The Stairs Remix)

Video: Dennis Coffey Joins Mayer Hawthorne On Stage For “All Your Goodies Are Gone”

The Detroit Music Awards won’t be the first time Dennis Coffey and Mayer Hawthorne share a stage together. In fact, the two performed their cover of Parliament’s “All Your Goodies Are Gone” when Mayer was in town this past February, and we were lucky enough to get some great video footage. It’s a nice preview of the kind of guitar wizardry to expect from Dennis when he hits the road in June and July. Having seen him in Austin this month, we can attest to the fact that Dennis takes no prisoners on stage.

Dennis Coffey To Be Honored At Detroit Music Awards, Performance With Mayer Hawthorne

It feels really great to see deserving people get their due, and it’s difficult to think of many people more deserving of recognition when it comes to Detroit music than Dennis Coffey. On April 15th, the day before Record Store Day, The Detroit Music Awards will be honoring Dennis with a Distinguished Achievement Award.  He’ll be joined on stage by Mayer Hawthorne, to perform the track “All Your Goodies Are Gone,” which appears on the new album.  Dennis is also nominated for the video for his cover of Cee-Lo’s “F**k You,” which features a host of notable Detroit folks.  If you’re in the area, you can catch the show at The Fillmore Theater.

House Shoes Mixes Dennis Coffey’s History of Funk

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 by Strut

Constellations – The A to Z of Dennis Coffey: A Mix By House Shoes

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*
23. Outro

* 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 ( and Bruce Solar for The Agency Group (N.America), Clementine Bunel at 2 For The Road Productions ( (Europe)
Management: Christian Fuller and Chris Peters ( for Bad Data Management