SORCERESS - DOSE
Sorceress (formerly known as Funkommunity) is a 5-piece band from New Zealand. Their 2011 debut album Chequered Thoughts received worldwide acclaim and saw the band tour Europe and Japan the following year. Fast forward to 2014, and the band announced a new name: Sorceress and a new studio album: Dose. While previous works were influenced by J Dilla-inspired future soul and R&B, the new album sees their sound evolve, fusing elements of Deep Electronic Soul, Afrobeat, and Dance Music. Dose retains their distinctive sonic texture, but also projects more movement while going deeper into the source of the music. Experienced in headphones or a club/festival context, Sorceress traverses the boundaries between audio intimacy and the bass driven rhythms of the dancefloor. The creative duo at the core of Sorceress is producer/band leader Isaac Aesili and vocalist Rachel Fraser. Isaac Aesili's production provides a diverse and sonically rich soundscape from which the charismatic vocals of Rachel Fraser weave through both light and dark lyrical themes. Crafted over the period of a year, the album includes collaboration with Sorceress' guitarist Daniel Ryland. Other musicians involved in the sessions include fellow Kiwis Julien Dyne, Marika Hodgson, Tom Broome, Jonathan Crayford, Steph Brown and Cam Allen.
COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS - MIND MADE UP
A double a side single that features Kylie Auldist on 'Mind Made Up' and chart topping, award winning Aussie singer Daniel Merriweather on 'Losin' Streak. Both tracks on this double A-side single are taken from their forthcoming album Blind Bet, and they are both outstanding examples of beautiful modern soul and funk. On Mind Made Up, Kylie Auldist demonstrates, if any one had any doubt, that she is one of the premier contemporary soul vocalists working today. The snappy drums, crisp guitar and Jake Mason’s organ work all compliment the vocals, whilst lush horns and strings lift this catchy track into future classic status! Award winning Aussie singer Daniel Merriweather, is the featured vocalist on Losin' Streak, a heavy, deeply bluesy funk track that's dance floor dynamite. The new album will be available on May 19, 2014.
STEVE KUHN - PROMISES KEPT
One of the darkest Steve Kuhn albums we've ever heard – a record of introspective piano lines, set amidst contemplative orchestrations from Carlos Franzetti! The style is incredibly moving – bringing a depth to Kuhn's work that we haven't heard in years – an approach that has him acting more like a painter in sound than the highly rhythmic pianist of earlier records. There's a quality here that's almost soundtrack-oriented at times, and Kuhn's dark tones are the highlight of the set – moving slowly in space to really find their own kind of sound – as Franzetti is very careful never to overdo things with the arrangements. Titles include "Adagio", "Promises Kept", "Life's Backward Glance", "Trance", "Morning Day", and "Pastorale". (SHMCD pressing.) ~ Dusty Groove