Rhombus

Rhombus

 Wellington, Wellington, NZL
BandEDMSoul

Rhombus are a New Zealand based band. They’ve forged a well-deserved reputation among international and local audiences for their eclectic, original and energetic live shows. The Rhombus sound is a seamless blend of dub fuelled funk, hip hop, soul, reggae, breaks, enhanced by global conscious lyrics

Biography

Initiated in 2001, by founding members Thomas Voyce and Simon Rycroft, Rhombus is a constantly evolving Wellington based Aotearoa(NZ) collective.
Rotating band members are Thomas Voyce, Simon Rycroft, Koa Williams, MC Antsman, Lisa Tomlins, Raashi Malik, Peter Hill(Guitar) and occassional guest musicians and visual artist Michel Tuffery.
The Rhombus sound is a seamless blend of funky hip-hop, soul, roots-reggae, spliced together with socially conscious lyrics. They’ve forged a well-deserved reputation and following among international and local audiences for their eclectic, original and energetic live shows.

A scroll through the line-up underlines the diversity of the Rhombus collective: vocalist Lisa Tomlins of NZ Maori descent, is a world-class diva, frequently guesting with the internationally-acclaimed Fat Freddys Drop and Recloose; fellow vocalist Raashi Malik, of Indian descent; MC Anstman of Samoan descent, is involved with the arts development of Pacific Culture; while leading New Zealand contemporary artist Michel Tuffery demonstrates the vision of engaging his artistic mediums to create another level of experience for the audience and Rhombus.
The causes that Rhombus have given their time to include Greenpeace, tsunami relief, surf-aid, the Cancer Society, the New Zealand Youth Parliament and the Peace Boat, which band co-founders Simon Rycroft and Thomas Voyce have been involved with throughout 2006. Their travels on the Japan-based global NGO Peace Boat have taken them through the Caribbean (including Jamaica – home of Studio One, King Tubby and many other influential artists) and through the Pacific, spreading the values of sustainability, co-operation and peace from a chartered ship.

In between their social outreach efforts, Simon and Thomas have been conducting music workshops and performing for the Peace Boat, including a performance with Radioactive, a member of the politically charged musical group Michael Franti & Spearhead, while stopping over in San Francisco. He is an emcee, beatboxer, writer, and painter. He plays musical instruments, incorporates electronic beats with his beatbox and commands active audience participation during his always fresh, soulful original live performances.

Rhombus have been spreading the word since 2002, touring on both local and international stages, which include Australia and Japan. Their unique sound has put them at the top of the New Zealand music industry having performed alongside the likes of St Germain (France), Fat Freddy's Drop (NZ), Salmonella Dub (NZ), Michael Franti (USA), Dry and Heavy (Japan), Trinity Roots (NZ), Gomez (UK), Kora (NZ), Shapeshifter (NZ), Katchafire (NZ), they were also billed for New Zealand’s Big Day Out in 2003 and 2006, laying testament to their profile in their local scene.

Along the way, they’ve picked up many awards, including New Zealand’s Most Promising New Act in 2002; Best Video, Best Electronic Album and Best Album at 2003’s New Zealand b-Net Music Awards and recently “Best Aotearoa Roots Album finalist” at the NZ 2006 Music Awards.

Discography

Albums (CD):
• Self Titled (2008)
• Onwards Remixes & Archives (2006)
• Future Reference (2005)
• Bass Player (2002)
(Note: All above is digitally available at vitamin.net.au)

• plus numerous compilations

Vinyl Releases:
• Hawera 7" (2008)
• Babylon Retreat feat. Ranking Joe 7" (2008)
• Together 12" (2004)
• Mile High 12" (2006)

Set List

Set list varies and number of songs range from 8+
Performance duration is between 1 hour and 2 hours.
Don't generally do covers. All original songs / music.

songs performed:

• Pinata
• So Close
• Hawera
• Babylon Retreat
• Onwards (knuckles dub mix + original version)
• Swans (remix + original version)
• Clav Dub (new version)
• Cloudkicks
• Piano Dub
• Tour Of Outer Space (new live versions)
• Future Reference
• Sojare

Note:
We cover a whole range of genres depending on the type of show/festival and performance times. Our sets are flexible in terms of styles/genres, these include-
Soul & Funk
Hip Hop & Jazz
Reggae & Dub
Drum & Bass
House & Breaks
Electronica
World