Monthly Archives: June 2009

Ashtech & Polcari – Meditronica

MeditronicaMeditronica is a dub project by Ashtech and Polcari and features the talents of Dub Gabriel and Eraldo Bernocchi along with vocalists Raiz and Poppy Kinlogh. The album is due for release in June 2009 on the new London-based record label RareNoise. First a little bit about the album itself.

On my first listening, I was surprised at the eclectic soundscape which ranges from being heavy dub to ambient with a strong bassline underscoring the entire album. The most striking feature of this album is the blend of the Mediterranean with electronica and dub. I particularly liked the combination of a global sound interwoven throughout the album, which was fairly subtle and did not take away from its primary genre of dub-electronica. (more…)

Hikoikoi (self-titled)

HikoikoiAh, Hikoikoi! Pure craft. If you enjoy a finely composed piece of art as much as the obligatory ‘good tune’, Hikoikoi deliver. Like to hear complex jazz arrangements and technique played as if it’s the simplest skank? Hikoikoi.

I’m a fan of well thought-out instrumentation, saxophone as clear as lead vocal, drumlines and bass as groovin’ and smooth as the sweet backing vocals, keys and rhythm guitar from the same neighbourhood, all awash with just enough reverb to blend everyone together. Ah, Hikoikoi!

And don’t think you’ll be hearing an album of similar-sounding tunes. These guys are at as home with a driving, uptempo rockers feel of Blood in the Sand and Jah Armour as with the swampy super-skank of Children A Delight. For the introspective there’s the dark shimmer of Sudan Sun, and a dose of smooth groove in Too Hot to Work.


Interview with Ashtech

AshtechCan you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your musical background?  How did you get into music?

I got into music when I was very young, I used to listen to electro , techno and hip-hop and began as a DJ when I was still a teenager. This led me to know and learn more about several artists and listen to different music styles and a few years later I was really into reggae and dub music, which inspired me to experiment with the sound and become a musician and a producer.
I studied many instruments and chose the bass guitar as my main one, played with different bands and produced different artists, and then a few years ago I moved to London, where I released my first solo album, Walkin’ Target, with Interchill Records and produced by Gaudi. (more…)

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Reality Chant – Single Release Party

Friday 10:00pm 12th Jun 2009

Reality Chant Sound (Christchurch), Sounds Almighty, Yardwise

Where: Vintage Bar – Basement, 25 Taranaki Street

Price: $5 on the door

Come celebrate the release of new singles – Fyah Bed & Goodness Gracious – by Jamaican artists Natty King & Hi Kee off the forthcoming pioneering roots reggae album, Kings Highway, by Reality Chant Productions!

When: Friday 12 June, 10pm till late
Where: Vintage Bar – Basement, 25 Taranaki Street, WGTN
Featuring: Reality Chant Sound (Messenjah, Christchurch), Yardwise (Spin Zero, Misteek & Undercover) & Sounds Almighty (Prince Alexander & Topknot)

Don’t miss three of the heaviest crews in NZ mashing up the dance and the chance to check tunes from one of the biggest new reggae releases for Aotearoa!

More info:

Reality Chant myspace
Natty King myspace
Hi Kee myspace

Big up:
Vintage Bar

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The Monthly Tune-Up

The Audio Mechanics, Art Official, Sticky Fingaz & MC Silva (AKLD)

Friday 10:00pm 26th Jun 2009 – 3:00am

Where: Havana – 24 Wigan Street

Price: Free!

Come to Havana Bar, Friday 26 June, for the latest installment of the Monthly Tune-Up hosted by the Audio Mechanics (Sole, Choice One & Range) plus special guests, Art Official, Sticky Fingaz & MC Silva (AKLD), laying down a blazing Ghetto Red Hot session!

10pm start, free entry!
Red-hot reggae dancehall hip-hop!

Also with live visuals and painting from Freeman White, Michel Tuffery & Sole.

Silva MC – June 2009

SilvaSilva, AKA Tanya Dyer, hails from central Auckland where she grew up on the streets of Mt Roskill and Grey Lynn and spent much of her childhood years with the Twelve Tribes of Israel New Zealand. Her unique lyrical style is inspired by her father’s Jamaican roots and her love for hip-hop beats and soul-sounding grooves. (more…)