This month, one of Canada's finest, The Souljazz Orchestra have released one of the best records of 2010 in "Rising Sun". This album, which was released by the good people over at Strut, is hands down the group's strongest release to date. The entire record is solid with an overall soulful, yet funky Afro-beat groove. Some of the album's more standout cuts include "Negus Negast", "Consecration", "Rejoice, Pt.2", and my personal favorite "Agbara". For much of the record, the group sounds like the backing group to a Afro seventies heavy-hitting Fela Kuti or Manu Dibango record. On the record's softer cuts, the group showcases it's diverse, yet impressive jazz influenced side with tracks like "Lotus Flower" "Serenity". Overall, Rising Sun is amazing record and, even though it's early, one that should contend for best album of the year honors. Regardless, do yourself a favor and go buy yourself a copy while you can still find the record in stores. Here is "Agbara" (for a very limited time, I might add) to get you excited. Enjoy!
The Souljazz Orchestra - Agbara
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