18 August 2012 - 0 Comments
Auckland based Sugarlicks label return with their latest album release from Seva Hifi, a unique collaboration between producer and Sugarlicks founder Gareth Farry aka Gmuva, percussionist Levani Vosasi and musician & soul vocalist Baz Suamili.
Recorded over several years at Sugarlicks’ own studios, this album is a true collaboration of artists, cultures and technology. The traditional Island sounds are evident throughout and blend perfectly with the variety of analog synths, full rhythm percussion, mpc3000 electronic drums, samples, analog effects, and notably an I-phone. Using mostly two apps, ‘Into Infinity’ and ‘Bloom’, created by Brian Eno, the band were able to sample sound bites that had been uploaded by people around the world.
The molten mix of Niuean, Fijian, and New Zealand- Lebanese cultures of the band-mates as well as a variety of guests that include Isaac Aesili (Funkommunity / Opensouls), Spencer Fusimalohi (Herbs), Nat Rose, Manuel Bundy, Cherie Matheson, Chinese Guzheng player XiYao, and Soulsista Aotearoa, is a true representation of the cultural hub that is Auckland.
Early also sees a revival of the Sugarlicks label, their first release in over 5 years, and marks their 15th album release. Seva Hifi add an exciting new sound to the label’s stable of Pacific Soul. The label, which operates an analog recording studio in downtown Auckland that has recorded the likes of Nathan Haines, Hollie Smith and Opensouls, has already released 6 twelve inch vinyl singles in New Zealand and worldwide. Sugarlicks have just released their first 7” single, Seva Hifi’s debut single “Pressures of Life”.
Early will be out August 17th 2012 via Rhythmethod Distribution.
A 7’’ single of “Pressures of Life” is already available.