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Chaos Theories

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The Souljazz Orchestra throw their version of a punky reggae party on their sixth album for the Strut label. Keeping the post-disco boogie and shedding the electro they explored on 2017's Under Burning Skies, the Ottawa sextet (joined again by Ed Lister on trumpet) also dial back their Afrobeat inclination with a pronounced and efficient shift toward the late-'70s punk-Rasta interface. They emphasize the Jamaican side -- indeed, there are echoes of Bob Marley's "Punky Reggae Party" and other touchstones of the era -- while drawing a bit from the U.K. with shades of 2-Tone, as well as the Police (instead of the more closely aligned Clash). Principal keyboardist and songwriter Pierre Chrétien has no shortage of political lyrical inspiration that either addresses or translates to the present, alluding to the Trump administration, and writing more directly about police brutality, nuclear armament, and profiteering on corporate and private levels. The oppositional spirit is in everything, even the escapist "Sky High," a throwback to early-'80s dancefloor delights by jazz-rooted artists on labels such as GRP and Elektra. Those with a Great White North Afrobeat itch to scratch get "Police the Police," a charging message song that comes across as dutiful and ill-thought-out rather than vehement, from second-hand sloganeering to the naming of only "fallen brothers" -- none of the women -- killed by Canadian and U.S. police. ~ Andy Kellman

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1
Charlie Foxtrot 00:04:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

2
Police the Police 00:03:49

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

3
House of Cards 00:05:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

4
Boat Rockers 00:04:49

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

5
Sky High 00:04:21

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

6
War Games 00:04:05

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

7
General Strike 00:04:25

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

8
Slumlord 00:05:31

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

9
Well Runs Dry 00:08:36

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Souljazz Orchestra, MainArtist - Pierre Chrétien (SOCAN / BMI), Composer, Lyricist

2019 !K7 Music 2019 Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

Album Description

The Souljazz Orchestra throw their version of a punky reggae party on their sixth album for the Strut label. Keeping the post-disco boogie and shedding the electro they explored on 2017's Under Burning Skies, the Ottawa sextet (joined again by Ed Lister on trumpet) also dial back their Afrobeat inclination with a pronounced and efficient shift toward the late-'70s punk-Rasta interface. They emphasize the Jamaican side -- indeed, there are echoes of Bob Marley's "Punky Reggae Party" and other touchstones of the era -- while drawing a bit from the U.K. with shades of 2-Tone, as well as the Police (instead of the more closely aligned Clash). Principal keyboardist and songwriter Pierre Chrétien has no shortage of political lyrical inspiration that either addresses or translates to the present, alluding to the Trump administration, and writing more directly about police brutality, nuclear armament, and profiteering on corporate and private levels. The oppositional spirit is in everything, even the escapist "Sky High," a throwback to early-'80s dancefloor delights by jazz-rooted artists on labels such as GRP and Elektra. Those with a Great White North Afrobeat itch to scratch get "Police the Police," a charging message song that comes across as dutiful and ill-thought-out rather than vehement, from second-hand sloganeering to the naming of only "fallen brothers" -- none of the women -- killed by Canadian and U.S. police. ~ Andy Kellman

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