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


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.

New Track: Fat Freddy’s Drop – “Silver And Gold” + New Album in 2013


The much loved New Zealand band Fat Freddy’s Drop is going to be releasing a new album titled Blackbird in 2013 and we couldn’t be more excited – this third studio album will be their first in four years.

In the last month, the guys have dropped the first single from the album, “Silver And Gold.” Still keeping to their dub, reggae, and soul roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop deliver yet another beautifully rich, layered tune made for winding some hips to. The download is free below!

Above is a video for the song, including footage from their recent tour in Australia.

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New Tracks: Charlie Winston – “Hello Alone” & “Speak To Me”


Gearing up for his upcoming US release of Running Still on January 29, English singer-songwriter Charlie Winston today releases two singles to give you a taste of exactly what all the noise is about across the pond.

The catchy and upbeat “Hello Alone” comes with the quirky and endearing video above, following Charlie along his bizarre escapades around town, including an interlude with some pink lip gloss.

Below, take a listen to “Speak To Me” and get a taste for the variety in the versatile artist’s repertoire. The vocal styling on this grittier, more lo-fi type track reminds us a bit of Fat Freddy’s Drop – a good thing indeed.

The 12-track album is said to boast a “straight-talking lyricism” that does more than make you boogie:

“My sole objective on the album,” Winston explains, “was to be able to engage people’s feet first and slowly rise to the mind,” he says. “So by the time they get absorbed in the lyrics, they’re fully engaged but realize there’s something more going on.”

Purchase “Hello Alone” and “Speak To Me” on iTunes

Pre-Order Running Still on iTunes

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Video: The Bullitts – “World Inside Your Rainbow”


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Writer, producer, and musician Jeymes Samuel created The Bullitts as an attempt to merge music and film to produce a rounded experience to his art.

The evocative video for “World Inside Your Rainbow” feels like a cross between an intimate home video and a vintage public broadcast channel documentary. The song is full of soul and tinged with reggae in a mood reminiscent of Fat Freddy’s Drop. You gotta dig that.

Purchase “World Inside Your Rainbow” on iTunes

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