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Troy Kingi - Album Review: The Ghost of Freddie Cesar

10 Sep 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg

Genius. Honestly.

10 albums over 10 years in 10 different genres.

Album number four brings us into the funk world and honestly, it is almost as if Troy and his crew found a time machine. Everything here sounds fantastic. The arrangements, songwriting, delivery, sonic qualities... I could go on and on but I mustn't.

Consistently throughout the album, right from the opening track, there is funk everywhere. Just listen to those guitars, horns and vocals. Shake That Skinny Ass is a solid way to start the album.

And while it is a funk album, there are also different genres of funk. Take for example the tracks Chronophobic Disco and King Of The Powder just to name a few. There are so many influences can be identified but they are all treated completely with respect and only make these tracks even stronger. Songs like Nam Must Stay with its heavier feel never feels out of place.

One of the staples of funk is the killer horn arrangements coupled with a super-strong rhythm section made up of bass, drums, percussion and vamping guitar. Each song approaches and brings to life these elements in unique ways. On top of that, the vocal delivery and lyrics take this to a new level. It truly sounds authentic and given a lot of time and patience. Caught In The Rain is a perfect example of this. But then again so is Through My Venetions with its incredible bass line.

The accompanying video for the single All Your Ships Have Sailed is fantastic suits the video and package of the whole album.

Troy Kingi has brought together a hell of a team that has allowed for his vision to be fleshed out and given the attention to detail it needs. The musicianship is top-notch, as is Troy's vocals and songwriting.

This is easily one of the most unique and best albums I have heard in 2020.

Right, need to bring out my turntable and play this one on that.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Troy Kingi

Bay of Islands-based musician/actor Troy Kingi has embarked on an eventful few years with major acting roles in Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Pa Boys, Mt Zion and The Kick, while also enjoying a successful music career. Troy Kingi was nominated for an APRA Silver Scroll last year and earned Vodafone Music Awards for Best NZ Soul Artist and Best Maori Artist in 2018. His side project, collaborative soul band L(())VE & HOPE also received rave reviews but Troy's most recent offering is his politically charged roots/reggae record, Holy Colony Burning Acres.




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Releases

Black Sea Golden Ladder
Year: 2021
Type: Album
The Ghost of Freddie Cesar
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Holy Colony Burning Acres
Year: 2019
Type: Album

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