Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Lord Echo newie!
News from Bastard Jazz: " The mighty New Zealander known as LORD ECHO will be releasing his second album Curiosities on Bastard Jazz in early November. Expect boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed dub, futuristic soul, and timeless African rhythms from this cult favourite.
Watch out for the first single - "Molten Lava / Digital Haircut" dropping digitally October 28th - Tune into Gilles Peterson's latest show on BBC Radio 6 for a taste"
Free Download of Digital Haircut at XLR8R
Out Nov 15 on Economy Records (home to The Yoots, Shogun Orchestra), NZ release thru Rhythm Method/DRM on CD/digital/vinyl. The album is being released on Wonderful Noise in Japan, Bastard Jazz in the US, UK and Australia, and Jakarta in Europe and South America.
"Curiosities picks up right where Melodies left off, with the sun-drenched psychedelic dub sounds of tracks like “Bohemian Idol” (featuring vocals by Toby Laing of Fat Freddy's Drop), and the jerky funk vibes of cuts like “Digital Haircut” and “Street Knowledge”.
The album provides a wealth of DJ fodder, with forward thinking 70s-inspired disco tunes such as “Molten Lava” (featuring the soaring vocals of Leila Adu), as well as analog Afro-infused burners like “What Is That Feeling” and “Put It In My Head” (complemented by the golden-voiced Mara TK of Electric Wire Hustle fame).
Down-home spiritual jazz/electronic meanderings ("Ghost Hands", “Arabesque”) provide a counterpoint to Echo's driving cover-version of the Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas classic “The Creator Has a Master Plan”. His inspiring take on the track is uplifted by the soulful singing of Lisa Tomlins (who's notable vocals on Echo’s rendition of Sister Sledge’s “Thinking Of You” made it a standout hit from his Melodies album).
The finely-tuned collaborations throughout Curiosities underscore Lord Echo's pivotal position in the thriving New Zealand music scene. "I generally only work with people I know quite well personally", says Echo.
That personal and organic approach to creating his music is revealed as the album unfolds, layer by delectable layer. "I made this record primarily with DJs in mind," he continues.
"They are generally people who really love music and are often obsessed with various aspects of it. I'm not making music for people for whom it's just some background noise in their lives, I'm making music for people for whom it IS their lives. And for better or worse, I guess I am one of those people."
Lord Echo is currently splitting his time between New Zealand and New York. In New York he is recording with Victor Axelrod (aka Ticklah) who has been a key player in the NY scene for the last decade and is affiliated with the Daptone crew, Antibalas and Mark Ronson.
In New Zealand he is the house engineer for Wellington-based Economy records. Summer 2013/2014 will see him producing the next Lawrence Arabia album, the next Black Seeds album, and starting work on a 3rd Lord Echo album.
1.What Is That Feeling
3.Bohemian Idol(feat Toby Laing)
6.Molten Lava (feat Leila Adu)
8.Put It In My Head(feat Mara TK)
9.The Creator Has A Master Plan (feat Lisa Tomlins)
Lord Echo / Curiosities album sampler E.P.(12" Vinyl)
1.The Creator Has A Master Plan
1.Digital Haircut (Dub Version)*only 12"