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Four80east Celebrates Release of En Route with Special Live Taping at XM Radio

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FOUR80EAST CELEBRATES RELEASE OF EN ROUTE WITH SPECIAL LIVE TAPING AT XM RADIO

Nu-jazz/electronica act to make rare live performance in Washington, DC

Limited seats available

On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Four80East will release En Route, the band's first new CD in over four years. Titled En Route for its constant flow of groove and momentum, the duo's highly anticipated Native Language Music debut puts a fresh, jazzy, and ambient spin on the eclectic textures of their past work to create a collection that's all at once spirited, sensual, and remarkably cinematic.

To celebrate the release of En Route, Four80East will make a rare live performance at XM Radio on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 2pm. This performance will be taped for broadcast. The seating for this special program is extremely limited guests will be chosen on a “first-come, first-served" basis determined by when their email is received at XM. If you are interested and are 100% confident that you can be in Washington, DC by 2pm on the afternoon of April 25, 2007, please send an email complete with your full name and contact information to [email protected] All guests will also get a free copy of En Route.

Four80East is the brainchild of Toronto-based remix producers Tony Grace and Rob DeBoer (collectively known as Boomtang). Inspired by the acid jazz/groove movement that was flourishing in the United Kingdom, they launched their Four80East concept in the late '90s as a cool, creative side project geared towards a loose, improvisational dance vibe. Over the last decade, as chill music established itself as a genre of its own, their jazz-inflected urban trance music--first dubbed “trip-jazz," now known as “Nu Jazz"--became a global phenomenon.

En Route opens with a moody ambience and slight blues sway on the soulful electronica of “Five By Five." After the funky dive into “Noodle Soup," Four80East heads into the trippy, film score darkness of “The Drop," which blends avant-garde jazz guitar and trippy sound effects over a sensual groove. “Double Down" takes a plugged in, postmodern view of the traditional jazz quartet, with cool and chaotic high hat and drums mixing with Jon Stewart's smoky tenor; Stewart also adds a punchy solo to the soul-influenced “Been Too Long."

The groove picks up on the next two tracks: the energetic jazz/pop fusion-flavored title track and the spacey electronica/jazz gem “51 Division," before the chill takes over again on “Don't Look Back" (with DeBoer's crisp guitar lines circling Bryden Baird's silky trumpet tones) and the haunting, shadowy “Easy Come, Easy Go." Grace and DeBoer wrap En Route with the Eastern-flavored, electric guitar-driven number “Waterline."

The first single from En Route is the thumping and hypnotic “Noodle Soup," which is fashioned as a hybrid dance, trip, and jazz track. Four80East's old school soul and jazz influences are front and center with DeBoer's remarkable jazzy guitar and piano riffs jangling playfully over Grace's irrepressible beats. “Noodle Soup" has already earned a nod for Best Original Song at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, scheduled for April 2007. Four80East is also nominated in two other categories, Best Group Or Duo and Best Keyboardist.



WHO: FOUR80EAST



WHAT: TAPING A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF EN ROUTE



WHERE: XM RADIO STUDIOS - WASHINGTON, DC



WHEN: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH AT 2:00PM



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