Canada's fastest moving and hardest working collective are back with one of their finest albums to date, a brand new journey into tropical, soul and jazz styles. Turbulent times call for strong voices and The Souljazz Orchestra's new set packs a suitably heavy lyrical punch, with wry observations and an urge for progressive change. Musically, the band continue to push the limits, dusting off ‘80s vintage synthesizers and early drum machines for the first time, bringing lo fi disco, boogie and electro touches to their trademark horn arrangements and earthy analogue sound. The fruits are a-plenty and the group sound at their confident and versatile best from start to finish.
Opener "Dog Eat Dog" powers in with Mabinuori Idowu and Philippe Lafrenière lambasting the powerful and the corrupt over an infectious Afro-disco groove; "Lufunki" takes the group right back to their B-Boy roots, bringing the Afro vibes to Beat Street and "Is Yeelyel" delivers a killer rework of an obscure original by Somalian super-group Dur-Dur Band. The band go on exploring their passion for French Caribbean styles on the beautiful, lilting "Oublier Pour Un Jour" and "Tambour À Deux Peaux" and they take time for reflection on the potent instrumental title track and poignant closer "Aduna Jarul Naawo," featuring the vocals of Élage Mbaye.