The Sweet Az Soundsystem Debut album 'Coastal Connection' is the brainchild of producer DJ Kina (Simon Boyd) from The Versionaries and MC Extraordinaire RayJah45 (Raymond Te Oranga-Nolan) from Sydney Reggae band This Version.
Never ones to be bunched with the rest, Sweet Az Soundsystem have forged a hybrid formula that could best be described as a fusion of Dub, Hip Hop, Reggae, Dubstep and Drum and Bass.
The Sweet Az Sound always keeps one foot firmly on the dance floor with the conscious soulful vibes of RayJah and the sub frequency production of DJ Kina coming together to form a unique style that appeals to a wide audience.
The album features a talented bunch of collaborations including MC Kye from Budspells, Georgie Fisher and Haile Suspicious from The Versionaries, Shamik the Human Drum Machine from Canada, MC Antic, plus Simon Kay and Tom Fisher on horns.
The first single off the album 'Blaze' quickly climbed the Juno dub downloads chart (reaching number 3) and has been remixed by The Nomad, Foreigndub, The Versionaries and Semper Fi. Radio airtime has sparked a huge interest resulting in shows throughout Australasia, including PHAT (Nelson), Subculture (Queenstown), and Renegades of Dub (Hobart).
The idea was for a group of artists from the Sydney coastal dub community to come together in the true spirit of music and create an album that bridged the gaps between genres. Whilst on tour with The Versionaries and Budspells in New Zealand, various tracks were tweaked and shaped and thus ‘Coastal Connection’ matured into a full 13 track album.
Upcoming shows include:
Thursday 21st April @ Sammy’s in Dunedin
Sat 23rd April @ The Catlins River Festival.
Both from Aotearoa NZ, DJ Kina (Simon Boyd) from The Versionaries and RayJah45 (Raymond Te Oranga Nolan) from The Reggae band This Version have performed/collaborated at many events and festivals within Australia and New Zealand during thieir musical careers including Raggamufin, PeatsRidge, Pacific Unity, LoveJam, EarthDance, Splore, Island Life, Playground Weekender and collaborated/performed with various Artists including Fat Freddy's Drop, The Wailers, UB40, Herbs, Katchafire, Pitch Black, Three Houses Down, The Nomad, Oakley Grenell, Lotek, Ishu and Shamik.
The new Album 'Coastal Connection' released with Foreign Dub (Aus) and Loop (NZ) follows up on their previous collaboration with Bondi Crew The Versionaries, 'Bhutee Skank', a positively rapturous, bouncy, 7 inch vinyl single that’s guaranteed to “nice up ya dance! ”. The first single off the album 'Blaze' has also been Remixed by the likes of The Versionaries, Foreign Dub and The Nomad and they will be released in 2011.
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foreigndub.com or Simon Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon 'DJ Kina' Boyd
Raymond 'Ray Jah 45' Te Oranga Nolan
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