!earshot charts - top 20 international of 2015
|1||The Souljazz Orchestra
Resistance- (Do Right! Music)
Thousands upon thousands of people have dropped the needle on Resistance, the seventh full-length album of Ottawa’s The Souljazz Orchestra. It’s been a whirlwind run this past year in top spot on the International charts and with good reason. Pierre Chretien and the rest of the global troubadours of Souljazz havedished up their trademark, driving dance floor jams, with new rhythmic badness. Resistance is also their first full vocal album with members of the band taking a turn at the lead.
The Souljazz Orchestra seems to have a keen understanding of the history of the music they draw from and its intention. They blend African and French Caribbean rhythm with soul and jazz to highlight songs that emphasize positive political change for today. Then they turn it into a giant dance party. What better way is there to get a message across? “Bull’s Eye” is a heavy afro track that was inspired by the Occupy movement on Wall Street. “Shock and Awe” is a rapid spitfire song that incorporates the heavy percussiveness of Coupe Decale. The album winds up with a very soulful “It’s Gonna Rain”.
The Souljazz Orchestra is a heavy touring band that have been playing together for 13 years making them supremely tight, yet not predictable. The New Year is staring to fill up with tour dates and will bring The Souljazz Orchestra to Africa for the first time.
All Chart appearances for Resistance
Asterisk (*) denotes Canadian artists. All !earshot charts in this issue reflect actual airplay on campus/community stations from January to December 2015. Charts are weighted according to broadcast range and market size. To view older charts from as far back as 1999, go to our charts main page.
|1||The Souljazz Orchestra *||Resistance||Do Right! Music|
|2||Eccodek *||Remixing In Tongues||Big Mind|
|3||Alex Cuba *||Healer||Fontana North|
|4||Buena Vista Social Club||Lost & Found||World Circuit|
|5||Exco Levi *||Country Man||Penthouse|
|7||Lemon Bucket Orkestra *||Moorka||Self-Released|
|8||Kaisha Lee *||I Heart Reggae||Self-Released|
|9||Autorickshaw *||The Humours of Autorickshaw||Self-Released|
|11||Khiyo||Khiyo: Bengali Music with a London Sound||ARC Music|
|12||Sultans of String with Anwar Kurshid*||Subcontinental Drift||Self-Released|
|13||Daym� Arocena||Nueva Era||Brownswood Recordings|
|14||Dengue Fever||The Deepest Lake||Tuk Tuk|
|15||Jerusalem In My Heart *||If He Dies, If If If If If If||Constellation|
|16||Pierre Kwenders *||Le dernier empereur bantou||Bonsound|
|18||Mbongwana Star||From Kinshasa||World Circuit|
|19||Jesse Cook||One World||eOne Music (E1)|
|20||Flavia Coelho||Mundo Meu||Mr. Bongo|