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LatinAotearoa - Album Review: Influecis Et Collabis

01 Aug 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser

If there’s one word which sums up LatinAotearoa’s newest offering Influecis Et Collabis, it’s collaboration.

Every cut on this incredible full-length album features guest artists, and it’s a who’s who of the New Zealand jazz, blues and other similar genres.

Right from the first track the Latin grooves are flowing, and bottom-wiggling is automatic.. even for this typically non-dancing middle aged Caucasian.

However, the intricate syncopation on this album from LatinAotearoa is addictive. The collaborations are varied and include contributions from luminaries including Laughton Kora and Nathan Haines.

Skyy Can You Feel Me features Julien Dyne alongside Laughton Kora’s soulful tones, and its interesting hearing Laughton fitting in to Latin timing, instead of his more customary Reggae grooves.

The penultimate track San Montuno features a classic 'Italian House' Piano: heavily syncopated and dancing around the beat like a flamenco dancer.

One Tree Bossa features Nathan Haines and is one of the sweetest tracks on the LP with the recently recovered multi-instrumentalist in fine form. It’s one of the album's highlights.

The closing piece Aquarela featuring Ricky de Medeiros & Ge Luz is a beautiful duet ballad between two voices with an acoustic guitar played in a tender and lilting style.

The album was beautifully recorded at Studio 509 in Auckland, and the mastering on it is simply superb.


Review written by Darryl Baser

 

About LatinAotearoa

Latinaotearoa is a latin-funk soul & hiphop outfit that has been on the uprise in land of the long white cloud, New Zealand. Their distinct flavor is a brew of three recognizable musical talents in the music scene downunder.

Amazing Vocalist Jeniffer Zea’s from Venezuela, DJ Bobby Brazuka the unofficial Brazilian ambassador of music and culture in New Zealand and Isaac Aesili a talented producer and in-demand New Zealand percussionist and trumpeter. Together they create a unique and truly legitimate Latin act with a local flavour, both bending and blending the traditional music of their homelands with the modern sounds of here and now. Jennifer’s sultry singing layers Bobby’s beat selections beautifully, with Isaac providing the icing with live accompanying percussion.

With vast experience performing in front of local and international audiences, With the musical pedigree, multi-cultural exposure, impressive artist interaction and sheer talent that these artists possess, this trio is sure to shuffle feet and swing hip

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Releases

Influecis Et Collabis
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Latinaotearoa Remixed
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Latinaotearoa in Latinoamerica
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Sonido de Latinaotearoa
Year: 2013
Type: Album

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