World Soul Party
Co-presented by World Famous Music
Representing the northern part of the Americas, we delve into a night of wailing northern soul and hard-hitting bluesy funk, with touches of samba, R&B and other groovy delights.
A key figure on the British soul scene, Alice Russell is pure natural talent, a natural presence, a force of nature. She was already a hot item before releasing her fifth album, 2013’s To Dust, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2008 record Pot of Gold and her 2012 joint release with Quantic’s Combo Bárbaro, Look Around the Corner. Alice Russell’s performance is all sweet, bluesy soul, frequently drawing comparisons to a young Aretha Franklin. She has collaborated with everyone from Mr. Scruff to David Byrne and she tours with producer Quantic in his Soul Orchestra. Unfazed by taking to the spotlight after a sober Amy Winehouse or joining Roy Ayers live for ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’, there’s no wonder her powerful soul voice has attracted rave reviews from numerous national and international publications and praise from fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, and Groove Armada. She brings her stripped down six-piece band for this Uma Nota Festival World Soul performance.
Phil Motion & The Easy Lo-Fi
With members of Souljazz Orchestra and Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays, Phil Motion & The Easy Lo-Fi brings the unique energy of a frontman on drums and vocals as a driving force behind this five-piece dirty funk outfit. Breakbeat inspired, backed by the grooviest bass and guitar and matched by a hard-hitting’ two-piece horn section (trumpet and tenor), the energy of this group’s mix of vocal and instrumental numbers ring loud and clear in their 7″ release Time-Bomb, a supercharged two-track banger full of social commentary and dirty funk that only a live to 8-track analog tape could have. Phil Motion’s new stuff is becoming ever more inspired by latin boogaloo and 60s samba funk and these boys are cooking up some new gems à la Jorge Ben and Gilberto Gil as a special tip of the hat to Uma Nota. With two new tracks set to drop this fall and home-base in a new downtown HQ/studio housed by their Ottawa label UP & UP MUSIC, the group is looking to drop new singles and 45s all through 2014. Their performance with Alice Russell marks their first Toronto appearance.
Singer, classically trained violinist and beat-maker Marques Toliver left music school at an early age and moved to New York City, where members of TV on the Radio discovered him busking in 2009. He has since moved to London, toured with Holly Miranda and now counts Adele among his fans. He released his debut full length album Land of CanAan earlier this year.
DJ General Eclectic
Uma Nota’s co-founder is our resident DJ graphic designer and lover of all things funk, soul and polyrhythmic. His funk and soul cuts are just a fraction of the wealth of music at this man’s fingertips, which include thousands of records in dozens of genres, spanning various decades, countries and musical styles. The General always keeps the dancefloor lively.
World Soul Party
Friday, October 18
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.
Doors 9 p.m.
Advance tickets $23