The masterminds behind the Portland, OR-based Soulphonic Soundsystem project are the duo of producer DJ Santo (Transistor Lounge founder and host of syndicated radio show "Something Different") and multi-instrumentalist Chauncey Canfield, who was named SPIN magazine's "Best Unsigned Band" of 1998 and co-founded DC-based jazztronic trio, Aubergine 3. The fruit of their first collaboration was "Sonido", a track featuring vocals from Geri Soriano-Lightwood of Supreme Beings of Leisure on a 12-inch that was embraced by truly global tastemakers such as Richard Dorfmeister and Rainer Truby. On the strength of this single--a favorite at LA's Transistor Lounge parties--the duo toured the West Coast behind Mark Farina, Diplo and Bugz in the Attic.
Now comes their debut album, Soulphonic Soundsystem: Volume One, that incorporates broken beats and jazz breaks with Latin flavor over live instrumentation with horns and a Rhodes piano. Choice cuts include the indigenous sounds of "Eastern Market," the sultry lounge vibe of "The One" and "Foggy Bottom," which was recently placed in an episode of CSI:NY. With its warm keys and soothing sax line, the break out single "Sonido" is also included here--word is that it and "The One" will be featured in upcoming episodes of HBO's Entourage. Listen with an open mind because Soulphonic Soundsystem's sensual sounds and forward-thinking production on Volume One will lighten up any dark winter day.
Buy Soulphonic Soundsystem Volume 1
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Catalina Sunset (Fort Knox Five Remix)
"Whatever the Soulphonic Soundsystem brings from around the world-whether Afro-funk, Brazilian boogie, nu-jazz, sultry floor-stomping eclectic beats or straight-up house-you will, you must, and you shall get your groove on..." — MusicFest NW
"Broken beats, Latin rhythms, jazzy horns, and sultry lounge vibes all co-exist brilliantly in the Soulphonic Soundsystem's anything-goes universe." — flavorpilll.com
"After starting out like a classic DJ Buck four-on-the-floor stomper, this lil' beauty pumps up the Latin persuasion and turns into some kind of Pal Joey/Mr. Scruff all-tempo burner. Find yourself a boat party and tear shit up!" — XLR8R on "Sonido"