Since their creation, The Volunteered Slaves have always liked flying high. But with their new project SpaceShipOne, they’re taking it up a notch. Born out of the fervor of Jazz in Marciac 2002, the band unites flamboyant personalities and well-honed talents: O. Temime on the saxophone, Emmanuel Duprey on the Rhodes piano, Akim Bournane on the bass and Julien Charlet on the drums. These indomitable musicians were joined by organist Emmanuel Bex in 2016. From the get-go, they decided not to decide anything and improvised music outside of any genre or school of thought. Jazz, funk or afrobeat, no one knows where they reside but they instantly make you want to live there too. And it’s one album after another: Streetwise, Breakfast in Babylone, The Day After and Ripcord, laying out music that’s both earthy and aerial, almost hypnotic. On stage, bodies and souls crank up the heat, with even the most velvet-smooth jazz clubs turning into dance floors. In their new opus, The Volunteered Slaves no longer reach for the sky, but for outer space. The music, always organic, revs it up with electro. Poetry lies in the spaces between lyricism and trance. Addicted to freedom, The Volunteered Slaves create music that captivates us.