Circa 2000, the four members of Soulico were just friends that loved records, liked to party and had stockpiled massive collections of rare and unique Middle Eastern vinyl. DJs Sabbo, Rob, Shimmy Sonic and Wido would sometimes spin together, but mostly alone, rocking beats that masterfully fused hip hop, reggae and dancehall to Israeli folk and disco from the 1970's. The excitement surrounding their eclectic sound was more akin to that of the underground club scene budding in Europe than anything the Middle East had experienced prior. They decided to throw a party as a group, pooling the genius of four radical DJs into one red-hot set. But what to call it? omega replica watches
It was the party to end all parties in Tel Aviv, but the DJs already had other plans. Sabbo traveled to Jaimaca to work with Stephen and Damien Marley while Wido joined the staff of VP Records in NYC. Meanwhile, Rob and Shimmy Sonic spun as a duo, perfecting the base for what would eventually solidify the group as a whole. Sabbo and Wido's return brought weekly parties, fresh new tracks and the very first Masabacha mixtape - all united under the Soulico moniker.
A handful of madcap mixtapes and countless parties later, Soulico was awarded Israel's top DJ prize, driving their breakout radio hit and ringtone favorite "Lo Tzipiti" (a version of Tanya Stevens' "It's a Pity") to the top of the charts. By 2004 Soulico was a household name, with the guys handling production for Israel's biggest stars. The group was throwing the wildest parties around.
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"I was digging through the bins at Tel Aviv's Hatav Hashmini record store and I found the first mixtape, Masabacha," says JDub founder and CEO Aaron Bisman. "The sound and the attitude were exactly what I look for in a group-authentically Jewish and musically unique. They flip a 500 year old folk song into a hip hop beat and that's not an easy task. Neither is putting Kelis, Sean Paul and Israeli rap group Hadag Nachash back to back, but Soulico does it seamlessly. It took a lot of work to find them, but the day they put up their US Myspace page I was the first to message them. We signed them immediately."
Soulico's deal with JDub was a perfect opportunity. From there, the crew began to tour the USA, rocking parties in New York, Los Angeles, SXSW, San Francisco, Boston, DC and Seattle. They've performed alongside Del the Funkee Homosapien, Buju Banton, Kid Koala, Nightmares on Wax, Devin the Dude, Balkan Beat Box, Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars and Hadag Nachash. In 2008 they released a mixtape podcast through Diplo's Mad Decent label.
Their debut album, Exotic on the Speaker, features guest appearances by Ghostface Killah (Wu Tang), Del the Funkee Homosapien, MIA protege Rye Rye, Pigeon John, MC Zulu, Ceci Bastida and Middle Eastern MCs Tomer Yosef (of Balkan Beat Box), Onili, Saz and more.
SOULICO is revolutionizing everything we know about Middle Eastern music: their LP brought together an astonishing array of talent, featuring Ghostface Killah, Del Tha Funkee Homosapian, Lyrics Born and Rye Rye. Now, Israel’s most sought-after DJ crew teams up with Balkan Beat Box, Ceci Bastida, and MC ZULU for their first US tour in over a year! Catch them LIVE in LA, SF, Portland, Seattle and Chicago…
Working as a collective, Sabbo, Wido, Rob, and Shimmy Sonic build, blend and remix as they perform- one person scratching, another selecting beats: every song is put through a process of reincarnation, and nothing sounds like anything you’ve heard before.
Soulico’s unique ability to give any brand of music the “Soulico sound” is what makes their concerts memorable. Pitchfork gives them the thumbs up, writing “Soulico’s [got] cross-cultural chops—[their music is] an exuberant synthesis of traditional Israeli folk melodies and familiar hip-hop sensibilities.”
Los Angeles, CA
Soulico and Balkan Beat Box w/ Ceci Bastida
$17 advance, $22 door
San Francisco, CA
Soulico w/ Slayers Club
FREE, $5 after 10:30PM
Soulico and Balkan Beat Box
$18 advance, $23 door
Ticket Link: www.roselandpdx.com
Soulico and Balkan Beat Box
$20 advance, $22 door
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Soulico w/ MC ZULU
The Empty Bottle
FREE with RSVP to email@example.com
Write “Soulico” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. You will receive an “All Set” confirmation. RSVP list closes at 12PM the night of the event
“They can flip a 500 year old folk song into a hip hop beat, and that’s not an easy task. Neither is putting Ghostface Killah, Rye Rye, Axum and Lyrics Born back to back, but Soulico does it seamlessly…” Soulico is the hottest DJ crew in Israel, and they’re going to be performing one time ONLY in the US before next year! To celebrate their upcoming appearance at Festival of Strikes, we’ve got two new tracks for you to download!
JDub’s Festival of Strikes will be hosted by our friend, comedian Eugene Mirman, featuring the music of Soulico, The Sway Machinery, and DeLeon. If you’re unfamiliar with any of our performers, we’ve got a little “Who’s Who” for you right here:
Eugene Mirman was recently named the “Best New York Comedian” by The Village Voice and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine.
The Sway Machinery creates a unique blend of traditional cantorial sounds and modern afro-pop, and will be performing songs from their upcoming album The House of Friendly Ghosts Vol. 1. at Brooklyn Bowl. Check out their just-released single “Gawad Teriamou” on their MySpace page!
DeLeon plays Sephardic styled indie rock, turning old school Spanish music modern. The National Post says the music is “sometimes brooding and lovelorn, sometimes joyous and danceable.”
There will also be gelt, dreidels, a holiday crafting table brought to you by Spacecraft and a photo booth where you and your friends can star in your own Hanukkah card!
Buy your ticket now, before they sell out!
JDub is kicking off the Festival of Lights one night early with its first-ever benefit party, the Festival of Strikes, hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman!!
General admission tickets to Festival of Strikes can be purchased in advance for $15 at www.brooklynbowl.com, or guests may pay $18 at the door the night of the event. JDub will also buy a drink for the first 150 people in the door as a thank you for participating in our first-ever benefit!
Those interested in a VIP experience in support of JDub are encouraged to purchase one of three donor packages offering a private bowling lane with drinks, snacks and gift bags, or a VIP-area view of the concert, drinks and snacks. For VIP donor package deals, call 212.930.3671 or visit jdubrecords.org/vip
Official Event Information:
Festival of Strikes: A JDub Benefit Concert
Tuesday, November 30th
Doors at 6 PM, Show 7-11 PM
Host Eugene Mirman, Musical Entertainment by Soulico, The Sway Machinery, DeLeon
$15 on BrooklynBowl.com
$18 at the door
The Festival of Strikes is made possible with support from the UJA-Federation of New York and is sponsored by Tablet Magazine. Co-sponsors include the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, HIAS, Birthright Israel NEXT, and Joshua Venture Group.
CNN picked up the story behind Clare Burson’s Silver and Ash for their “Belief Blog” this week! The piece is titled “Curiousity of Jewish Roots Inspires Indie Singer’s Album,” and focuses on the religious and emotional aspects of Clare’s journey. Her album and all the work she put into it is well-deserving of all this amazing press!
Author, musicologist and member of the esteemed Idlesohn Society for Musical Preservation Josh Kun has made a dope little mixtape in support of Dawn 2010, the Tablet Magazine sponsored, May 15th late night party in San Francisco, celebrating Shavuot.
Kun’s mix is a deep dig into the crates of vintage and archival recordings sitting right next to more modern dance tracks with a few more mind-blowing gems sprinkled in between, with all the tracks pulling from a different corner of the globe with a heavy pulse on that Jewish tip.
The mix includes tracks from the famed Barry Sisters, funked out Jewish soul music from Slim Gaillard, Musica de Latina, a ton of classic African tunes, some crazy Hava Negilah rendition and a bunch of JDub artists including Soulico, Balkan Beat Box and The Sway Machinery. The mix closes out with a banger from Mexican Institute of Sound, who happens to be homies with Kun’s beau.
All around worth a listen, head over to our friends at Tablet Magazine to listen to this exclusive mix.
92 year-old Irving Fields, who has a few tracks on this mix has been writing hit songs since the 1920’s. He recorded over 90 albums, including his biggest LP hit, Bagels and Bongos. JDub recording artist SoCalled suggested he write a song about Youtube, and he did. check it below
Put 'Em up (Single)
Exotic On The Mixtape
A sample of the album Exotic On The Speaker
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Middle Eastern hip hop/dancehall/reggae straight from Tel Aviv.
Rooftop Roots Volume IV
A JDub Mixtape (v/a)
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Archeology: A Deep Dig into Israeli Grooves
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Rooftop Roots Volume III
A JDub Mixtape - (v/a)
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