Ode records re-issue Superbrew's innovative Afro-jazz album inspired by Jim Langabeer's experiences in New York in the late 80's. Saxophonist, composer and arranger Langabeer reflects on his musical odyssey to the Big Apple where he studied and jammed with giants from the African and trad-jazz idioms.
This Hawaiian reggae act came to New Zealand on what could almost be described and an international reggae band exchange programme. Local boys Katchafire have made trips to the tropics where they played and cultivated a relationship with Rebel Souljahz. Their labor bore fruit when the Souljahz recently toured New Zealand and hung out with their kiwi riddum counterparts. Dubhead got the Hawaiians into the Radio New Zealand studios for a chat and an impromptu sing along.
New York based Montpellier native Emilie Simon seems to have grown up with a synth in the cot. Now she performs with a quasi-robotic arm that she uses to theatrically effect her voice. "It's the third generation of the arm" she said during her conversation with Nick Atkinson. She has just released her first predominately English language album, The Big Machine.
Pioneer and pop innovator Sam Hamilton talks to Julie Hill about his approach pop. The results are often dense and complex electronic textures with Hamilton's stream of consciousness lyrics sometimes balanced and sometimes buried within the music. "Good riddance to TV. Lets listen to music. Lets make music." says an impassioned Hamilton.