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Sola Rosa - Single Review: Searching For Love Feat. Kiko Bun

23 Jun 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo

If you love music, Sola Rosa is a Kiwi band that you really should know about. The founder of this powerhouse is Andrew Spraggon; the man behind the band’s "near 20-year labour of love". This band has experienced many ages of music in Aotearoa, having been releasing music since 2000. Their music has had its flux in genre, yet has maintained its high standards sonically. Searching For Love Feat. Kiko Bun is the first single of Sola Rosa’s new coming album, Chasing The Sun.

Sola Rosa may be twenty years old, but they are not ‘old school’. The band is committed to making music for evolving, modern ears. Sola Rosa has seven full-length albums and four EPs. They also have countless singles, and all band members have collaborated with many other fantastic artists, such as, vocalists Iva Lamkum on Turn Around, L.A Mitchell on Spinning Top, Kevin Mark Trail on To The Ocean, and many others. Since their advent in music, they’ve had several world tours and are a sought-out band among European music festivals. Sola Rosa keeps their production skills versatile and contemporary. This skill set has made the groove with Kiko Bun really pop.

This track has a lot of character; it has an impact and a beat-heavy rhythm that begs a replay. The track blends multiple genres including neo-soul, hip-hop, funk and jazz. The band and Bun himself, however, know not to stick to any genre specifically; leaving the future of releases open to a wonder of progression. Searching For Love is written and recorded in Sola Rosa’s home studio with collaborators Peter Leupolu, Dixon Nacey and Matt Short, also featuring live instrumentation from Julien Dyne, Jeremy Toy and string instruments by Mahuia Bridgeman-Cooper and the Black Quartet. As with Kiko Bun’s vocals in this tune, the band give hints for a “heavy-hitting” set of vocalists in their upcoming album so watch this space!

Andrew Spraggon is an Auckland-based songwriter/producer who consistently works on the musical craftsmanship of the band. He is a wizard in finding the right voice for the right song, and in this case, UK Singer Kiko Bun has drizzled gold on this hit. His voice is super soulful, expressive and danceable. The lyrics celebrate themes on finding a love that lasts, no longer needing to search for something real, and being made "better man" from the journey. It’s the catchiest groove and you definitely want this track downloaded! The tune is available on all major streaming, and a pre-save link to the upcoming album is available here.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Sola Rosa

Since 1999 Sola Rosa’s Andrew Spraggon has been tantalising listeners with otherworldly aural experiences, honing his craft and taking Sola Rosa from a self-released one man project to fully-fledged live powerhouse along the way. He’s kept good company on the road and in the studio, Sola Rosa counting members of Dimmer, Goldenhorse, Pluto and Sommerset amongst the ranks over the years, not to mention pilfering the best members of Che Fu, King Kapisi and Anika Moa’s bands and tapping the talents of internationally renowned artists like Nathan Haines and Spikey Tee. Add to the mix a succession of highly regarded releases the world over on stunning labels that include household names Ministry of Sound, Guidance, Different Drummer, Stereo Deluxe, and Satellite K, and you’ll see why so many eager ears and heavy-lidded eyes are always fixed to fasten on what Sola Rosa does next.

First coming to local music-lovers’ attention as guitarist and vocalist for angular rock band Cicada in the 90s, over the course of the last 9 years Spraggon has been on the receiving end of a Tui (2001’s 'Solarized'), b-net awards (for 2000’s 'Entrance To Skyway' and 2003’s 'Haunted Out-takes'), and a bevy of other accolades and nominations as Sola Rosa, but there’s little doubt when pressing play on 2009's 'Get It Together' that it is his finest accomplishment to date. Taking in a wide swathe of genres, and walking an ever-erratic line between organic and electronic elements, Sola Rosa’s songs continue to pull off Spraggon’s patented trick of electrifying your ears while ensuring that your feet don’t get confused along the way. Three years in the making, 'Get It Together' is best differentiated from its predecessors by a more beat-driven, direct, dance-demanding sound.

Picking up where the performance-based 'Moves On' album left off in 2005, there’s a sweating, smoking live band at the heart of the new record, made up of long-term members of the Rosa roster - Will Scott (drums), Matt Short (bass), and Ben White (guitar). Spraggon studio sorcery has then come into play, tooling up 'Get It Together' for maximum dancefloor impact, and bolstering the album with a roll-call of vocalists, musicians, and compositional contributors running headlong into Sola Rosa’s sonic stirrings at full force – with vocal cuts from Spikey Tee (best known for his work with Jah Wobble, Bomb The Bass, Mark Rae and on some of Sola Rosa’s finest moments); German globetrotter, poet, and singer Bajka; UK MC Serocee; and emerging Wellingtonian songstress Iva Lamkum. Underpinning these outstanding lyrical performances and further illuminating the album’s instrumentals you’ll find an eclectic batch of collaborators that includes the likes of Victoria Kelly, Julien Dyne, Juse, Scratch 22, Hadyn Godfrey, John Highsted, James Duncan, and Miguel Fuentes (who’s played with Isaac Hayes, George Benson, Grover Washington, Patti La Bell and other luminaries).

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Releases

In Spaces
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Magnetics
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Solarized (Refreshed)
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Low And Behold, High And Beyond
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Get It Together - The Remixes
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Get It Together
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Moves On
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Haunted Out Takes
Year: 2003
Type: Album
The Ready Now EP
Year: 2003
Type: EP
Solarized
Year: 2001
Type: Album
Entrance To Skyway
Year: 2001
Type: EP

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