Hori Buzz’ “Turnaround” and What’s In The Water In Wellington?

O. M. G. I love this. Heaping helpings of Stevie Wonder-invoking 70’s clavinet, Prince- and Curtis Mayfield-inspired vocals, and soul-glorious horn lines fuel this medicinal slab of funky rock candy. A Hori Buzz, from Wellington, NZ, my dears. Hmm. I’ve found a lot of cool stuff from New Zealand lately. Could Wellington be a new hot spot for emerging talent? Stay tuned!

A Hori Buzz
“Turnaround (Radio Edit)” (download mp3)
from “Turnaround”
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“Turnaround (Radio Edit)” (play)
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Singing in my Soul with Fly My Pretties

Here’s a sweet track from Wellington based Fly My Pretties. Spawned by Black Seeds’ singer Barnaby Weir and a small truckload of talented New Zealand musicians, this recording is the result of a five night run at the Bats Theater. A slew of new material was debuted, and “Singing In My Soul” is one of the highlights. I love the smooth and tasty guitar solo half way through, and the vocal harmonies are beautiful.

Fly My Pretties
“Singing In My Soul” (download mp3)
from “Live at Bats”
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“Singing in my Soul” (play)
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Winding up yr Ting wit Stonerange (feat. Jinetero MC), seen?

Str8 up dancehall-winding Jamaica stylee hip-hop hybrid niceness fo’ ya ting. Not much more to it than dat. This is dance floor filling club music, with tight lyrical flows that could make a inanimate object shake it ‘tup. Check it!

Stonerange
“Wind Your Ting (feat. Jinetero MC)” (download mp3)
from “Rise Up – EP”
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Wind Your Ting (feat. Jinetero MC)” (play)

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New Zealand reggae flava from ze Black Seeds

Here’s a great sunny afternoon ditty. With a voice that reminds me a little of Jack Johnson, this track is great for sippin’ a cocktail on the porch on a lazy Sunday. There’s a beautiful, unexpected chord change in the bridge part that totally floats my boat.

The Black Seeds
“One By One” (mp3)
from “Into the Dojo”
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The Black Seeds – “Sometimes Enough”

Rude sounds inna dojo, Black Seeds presiding. Roots rock reggae meets groove rock outta Wellington, New Zealand. A reggae band thru and true, but not without considerable originality and focused passion, this is a live band with a growing rep. They more than hold their own in the studio as well, capturing a well oiled live combo while maximizing the hi-fidelity of a good clean old school recording. Plus — and I never mention bands’ web sites, cos I mean mostly who gives a shite — but, these guys have a really nice flash site! Check it, animal lovers =) Reggae international on yr Superfan 2010 interradiowebnet.hizzle. All killa, no filla. Supafan, out.

The Black Seeds
“Sometimes Enough” (download mp3)
from “Into the Dojo”
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The Black Seeds – “Sometimes Enough” (play)

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Black Seeds Grow Up Old School Stylee

The Black Seeds – “Sometimes Enough” mp3

Rude sounds inna dojo, Black Seeds presiding. Roots rock reggae meets groove rock outta Wellington, New Zealand. A reggae band thru and true, but not without considerable originality and focused passion, this is a live band with a growing rep. They more than hold their own in the studio as well, capturing a well oiled live combo while maximizing the hi-fidelity of a good clean old school recording. Plus — and I never mention bands’ web sites, cos I mean mostly who gives a shite — but, these guys have a really nice flash site! Check it, animal lovers =) Reggae international on yr Superfan 2010 interradiowebnet.hizzle. All killa, no filla. Supafan, out.

The Black Seeds
“Sometimes Enough” (mp3)
from “Into the Dojo”
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Graham Wardrop – “And I Love Her” (mp3)

Graham Wardrop – “And I Love Her” (play)

Here’s an acoustic guitar duet performance of the Beatles’ classic “And I Love Her,” by New Zealand’s steel string virtuoso Graham Wardrop. Eschewing production gimmickry, Wardrop has long focused his efforts on (gasp!) actual playing. He plays entirely with his hands, preferring the tonal possibilities of fingers on steel strings over the more limited range offered by plectrums. Graham’s devotion to his craft is evidenced by the fact that he builds his own instruments to get exactly the sound he wants. And his playing is quite beautiful. So here, I give you, one of the world’s greatest love ballads, played on a guitar built by the performer himself. That’s a lot of love in one mp3! If you like this, click here to find the whole album he made of Beatles covers. Enjoy.

Graham Wardrop
“And I Love Her” (mp3)
from “Beatles Project – Solo and Duet Guitar”
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The Beatles “And I Love Her” lovingly interpreted

Graham Wardrop – “And I Love Her” mp3

Starting the week off on a very sweet note, here’s an acoustic guitar duet performance of the Beatles’ classic “And I Love Her,” by New Zealand’s steel string virtuoso Graham Wardrop. Eschewing production gimmickry, Wardrop has long focused his efforts on (gasp!) actual playing. He plays entirely with his hands, preferring the tonal possibilities of fingers on steel strings over the more limited range offered by plectrums. Graham’s devotion to his craft is evidenced by the fact that he builds his own instruments to get exactly the sound he wants. And his playing is quite beautiful. So here, I give you, one of the world’s greatest love ballads, played on a guitar built by the performer himself. That’s a lot of love in one mp3! If you like this, click here to find the whole album he made of Beatles covers. Enjoy.

Graham Wardrop
“And I Love Her” (mp3)
from “Beatles Project – Solo and Duet Guitar”
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Running Down the Coast Barefoot With a Spliff

Coast – “Running Out Of Time” mp3

New Zealand’s Coast draws heavily from reggae and herb-soaked rock, hip-hop and my goodness, U2, Eno and even the Beach Boys.  It’s sunny and fair in Northern Cali this fine Sunday morning, and the strangely joyous bit of melancholy “Running Out Of Time” is pumpin’ out the speaker boxen. Hippie jam band beach-bum lovers rock in the best way. More fun from this lovely trio on their bandcamp page. Superfan out.

Coast
“Running Out Of Time” (mp3)
from “Coast – EP”
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