that has ascended to the forefront of the burgeoning European neo jazz scene on the
strength of their peerless productions for Guidance, Jazzanova/Compost and Ubiquity.
The group was conceived in 1998 by founding members Tuomas Kallio and Hannu
Nieminen (a.k.a. DJ Ender) who enlisted a core group of Helsinki’s finest musicians to
develop a dynamic 21st century big band sound informed by a wealth of jazz, funk, soul,
afro, and Latin influences. Equally inspired by cutting edge hip hop, nu soul, broken
beat, two step and drum and bass sounds, Nuspirit’s musical mission is to fuse live
organic instrumentation with warm, dubby electronic textures to produce soulful and
sophisticated music that can be enjoyed on or off the dancefloor.
The group’s barrier breaking debut single “Take It Back” was released on Guidance in
March 1999 and has since attained cult classic status in both deep house and eclectic
DJ circles. Refusing to limit their sound to any specific sub-genre, the band took things
to the next level on their red hot and relentlessly funky follow up single “Makoomba
Breaks,” combining masterful musicianship with sizzling percussion to create this sultry
afro-beat classic. The single includes an extended re-edit of “Afro-Cuban Sunshine” the
standout track from Guidance’s acclaimed Mundial Muzique collection which was
charted by all of the right DJ’s and embraced by a cross section of electronic and
traditional world music fans across the planet. Changing directions once again, Nuspirit
dropped their amazing “Montana Roha Jazz” EP on pioneering German label JCR in the
winter of 2001 to a rapturous response. A tribute to the band’s vision and versatility, this
orchestral jazz dance masterpiece elevated Nuspirit Helsinki to the forefront of the
blossoming European nu-jazz movement alongside pioneering artists like Jazzanova,
Incognito, Four Hero, and Kruder and Dorfmeister. Enlisting the support of the musicians
that performed on their previous singles, Nuspirit took their big band show on the road in
the summer of 2001, dazzling crowds at Jazz and Electronic music festivals across the
continent with their forward thinking fusion of accomplished musicianship and relentless
After completing their tour, the band retreated to its Helsinki studio to record their
eagerly anticipated debut album which features contributions from an all star cast of
vocalists, including: Naked Music’s resident diva Lisa Shaw, Brooklyn bred nu-soul
chanteuse Nicole Willis, acclaimed Chicago spoken word artist Chuck Perkins, and
Nuspirit’s resident blue eyed soulstress Ona Kamu. The end result is an exquisite long
player fusing smokey live jazz funk arrangements and melodic nu-soul grooves with dark
undulating broken beat rhythms to propel the Blue Note jazz sound safely into the future.
Released in May 2002, Nuspirit’s eponymously titled debut album is already in regular
rotation on Gilles Peterson’s seminal World Wide Radio Program and is receiving
maximum support from a host of taste making DJs, including: LTJ Bukem, Jazzanova,
Thievery Corporation, Norman Jay, Patrick Forge, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Dr. Bob Jones,
U.F.O. and many more.
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