New Release: Lord Echo – ‘Curiosities’ [Full Album Stream]

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Today, the elusive Kiwi producer-extraordinaire Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs) releases his long-awaited sophomore solo album Curiosities via Brooklyn’s own Bastard Jazz Recordings. The painstakingly-crafted LP of original material tastefully transcends a landscape of disco, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul, showcasing Fab’s “dual-mastery of 60′s production techniques and modern dancefloor aesthetics”.

The album also underscores New Zealand’s hard-won rep for cultivating a new generation of groundbreaking artists and masterful musicians (not to mention chart-topping pop stars of similar “royal” appellation). Curiosities features a wealth of Echo’s soulful compatriots including heralded vocalists like Toby Laing (of Fat Freddy’s Drop), Mara TK (from Electric Wire Hustle), Leila Adu and Lisa Tomlins, who graces the album’s soaring cover version of the Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas classic “The Creator Has a Master Plan.”

Enjoy the full album stream below and more info here.

SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Electric Wire Hustle + NYC Show


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Electric Wire Hustle is undoubtedly one of our favorite newer acts to hit the scene in the last couple years. Their sound cocoons you in soulful nostalgia all while keeping your expletives in free flow with their unforgettably unique flavor. SXSW brought the New Zealanders several shows, including the Mint Collective x Grown Kids Radio Showcase, where we got a chance to snap a few photos and catch up with the guys.

Self-described as more “painting with oils than water colors,” Electric Wire Hustle’s fluid sound is one of purpose where individuals strengths are recognized and utilized. Citing the opportunity to travel and “sample more than what’s limited to [their] particular portion of the universe” as one of their reasons for making music, the group’s seemingly effortless appeal becomes easy to understand – their music is informed by both the depth and breadth of experience.

Trying to pin down exactly what feeling you get when listening to Electric Wire Hustle can be a bit difficult to describe at times. There’s a familiarity and a newness all at once, and on the first record, an undeniable sense of Marvin Gaye. Per the guys themselves, they share that they ‘don’t necessarily wan’t to be any one thing.’ They explain

“It’s beat driven, it’s Hotere influenced, its Samo before Basquiat blew up, its Kafka after the first chapter.”

Read more, watch a live video, & get info on tomorrow’s NYC show after the jump

Video: Electric Wire Hustle – “Again” + European Tour Dates

 

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Many of you probably remember being as ecstatic as we were when you first heard Electric Wire Hustle, probably sometime last year. A couple days ago, they returned with a video for “Again” off their debut album. Filmed as a time lapse in New York City’s Time Square, director Vibol Moeung attributes the inspiration behind the video to the first lines of the song, “I have no sense of time.” He found Times Square an ideal place to create a “uniquely overwhelming visual cacophony of lights, billboards, people, traffic & movement…as if being in a hallucinogenic dream-like state.”

We are also super geeked to hear that the group is steady at work on their sophomore album, which should be ready for release in early 2012.

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European tour dates after the jump

Electric Wire Hustle – NYC Tour Behind the Scenes Video

One of our favorite bands from down under, Electric Wire Hustle gave Vibol Moeung’s Foxtree Studios behind the scenes access to their NYC Tour which took place this past October. The band, which Okayplayer hailed as a “CMJ Highlight” during this very tour, is chronichled in the highly stylized mini documentary above. From watching the video it’s plain to see that New York warmly embraced their self-described “free-form” style of music that blends hip hop, psychedelic, and soul all into one neat exciting package.

Of particular note is lead singer Mara TK’s subdued neo-soul-like vocal stylings reminiscent of D’Angelo in his prime. This unique voice, paired with the band’s funky yet soulful beats are a marriage made in musical heaven, as evidenced in their self-titled debut album. Watch. Listen. Enjoy.

Electric Wire Hustle Official Site