Soothsayers are infectious, uplifting, irresistibly funky, and above all, supremely ‘musicianly’. Fat, rootsy grooves with a sprinkling of Afro jazz keep your feet moving, heart beating and soul alive. Seamlessly bringing together Afrobeat and Dub grooves whilst combining high quality musicianship with a lyrical message.
Led by Robin Hopcraft, trumpet and Idris Rahman, saxophone, both take on vocal duties along with Julia Biel.
Their reputation as a great live band and innovative studio producers has led to collaborations with top quality artists including a host of world famous Jamaicans. These include; Johnny Clarke, Cornel Campbell, Rico Rodriguez. Add to this great work with UK based artists Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Earl 16 and Manasseh, reveals the breadth of their talent and experience.
Soothsayers recently signed to leading UK label Wah Wah 45s. Their new single ‘Dis & Dat’, with remixes by Steve Cobby and Ben Hauke, will be released on the label on February 9th. A 7″ vinyl single of ‘Depoliticisation / Natural Mystic’ will come out in April and these will be followed by the band’s sixth studio album ‘Tradition’ in June.
Epitomizing the notion of irrepressible ‘Tradition’ simultaneously acknowledges a debt to musical heroes as well as demonstrating how perceived boundaries can be re drawn.
‘One of the finest slices of a Anglo Caribbean fusion since The Specials in their prime……artfully mixing in funk and Afrobeat to their deep dub’
‘The grooves are solid, the playing immaculate and the three-part vocal harmonies the icing on the cake’The Independent on Sunday
‘precise, melodic vocals with intricate horn led arrangements …the mood is defiant and joyous …. delightful’Uncut Magazine
‘The best thing about Soothsayers is that their sound constantly evolves … the defining element is now three part vocal harmony, which sweetens much of the work … the album’s overall feeling is one of optimism, and a belief that love conquers all.’Riddim Magazine