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Solaa

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Solaa formed during 1997 in the spirit of jazz improvisation. The sound they developed was a unique New Zealand fusion of electronic and organic music. Rich in instrumentation, the music of Solaa bridges Hip Hop, Breaks, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Latin Flavours.

Solaa's diverse sound is made possible through the varied musical background of each member. Their experience in Jazz, Latin, Classical and Electronic music enabled the group to explore many different directions in their music. This plentiful fusion of sound is evident in their debut album 'Steps in Time'.

In March 2006 Solaa made their first tour to Australia including a performance in support of Fat Freddy's Drop at Melbourne's Forum theatre. They have also performed alongside Mark de Clive-Lowe, Salmonella Dub, Che Fu, Shapeshifter and Opensouls. Late 2005 saw Solaa receive international radio play. UK DJ Benji B featured 'Sylphlike' on his show 'Soulful Deviation' (BBC 1Xtra). New York DJ Monkone played 'Aintnothing' on his 'Underground Railroad' show (WBAI, Brooklyn). 'Eyes Shut' and the single 'Chance' are currently played on XM Satellite Radio across North America. The release of Steps in Time is to be followed up with a 12" featuring remixes by Nicolay and Recloose.

Band Members:
Isaac Aesili (trumpet)
Kurt Dyer (percussion)
David Wright (keyboards)
Nick Gaffeney (drums)
Riki Gooch (drums)
Simon Lusby (guitar)
USouljah (MC)
Nat Rose (vocals)
Cherie Mathieson (vocals)
Gwyn Reynolds (saxophone)
Scott Taitoko (trombone)
Ali Toto (turntables)
Richard Pickard (bass)

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Solaa Update
Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:34 pm
Sugarlicks is proud to announce the release of Solaa's remix EP (featuring remixes from Beatlicks, Nicolay & Recloose), which has hit the shelves globally in the last 3 weeks and will do so in NZ next Monday. The EP is also available on digital networks worldwide and amplifier in NZ.

The release comes on the back of Solaa's sold out tour with Shapeshifter in Australia and glowing reviews of their debut album "Steps in Time" both in New Zealand and abroad...

"Quality kiwi soul!" - Mr Scruff
(UK, May 2006)

"With Steps in Time, Solaa have created a beautifully eclectic blend of jazz, funk, soul and hip hop that is a delight to listen to" - Out of Hand
(UK, December 2006)

"There's a deep, cosmic polish that makes each number shine and segue
into each other with the laid-back class I've come to associate with New Zealand bands these days"
- iDJ,
(UK, December 2006)

"'Steps in Time' is not only diverse, it's deep, pretty and wholly engaging. One for the nu-soul heads" - DJ, Vol 04 No 30
(UK, January 2007)

Solaa have also just released a video for album track "Sylphlike" (a NZ alt radio #1) which is also sitting at #1 on the amplifier album charts - view the video and all band details at www.solaa.com

Pacific Soul Music live & direct!!
 

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Solaa 'Steps In Time' - EU/UK/Japan/North America Release
Posted: Wed Nov 1, 2006 6:46 pm
SUGARLICKS RECORDS NZ announces the European Release of:

SOLAA - "STEPS IN TIME"
(Sugarcd012)

EU/Japan release Oct 25th, Uk release Dec 10th 2006

“Quality kiwi soul!” Mr Scruff (UK) May 2006

“Brilliant debut album from the garden city jazz cats. Dope collaborations provide perfect gravy for this tasty serving” Manuel Bundy June 2006

“Solaa isn’t your typical sample and turntable driven hip hop crew, it’s a real band many of the players having come from a jazz background…
its like some classic piece of 70s Herbie Hancock fusion.” Radio New Zealand (July 2006)

“What you get is quite simply a 53-minute masterpiece.” Jet Magazine (NZ, August 2006)

 

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