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Sola Rosa

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | INDIE

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | INDIE
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"There is something irresistibly funky about this album... Get It Together is a very cool album, in every possible sense of the word. "
- lukefitzmaurice., music.net.nz - music.net.nz - lukefitzmaurice


"Get It Together has lived up to its name and brought the bounce back" **** Stars
- Scott Kara, The New Zealand Herald (Mar 14, 2009) - The New Zealand Herald - Scott Kara



"Get it Together is one of those times when all the ingredients, from all over the world, just fit... well... together. Nice. **** Stars"
- Malcom, Bullet Mag - Bullet Mag - Malcom


"Turn Around - Second single from their new album, Sola Rosa drop a killer funky soul nugget!"
- Fat City Records - Fat City Records


"Sola Rosa needed to produce something special to confirm their point of difference, and they have delivered with this session of solid soul-funk"
- Peter Thornton, "Sola Rosa needed to produce something special to confirm their point of difference, and they have delivered with this session of solid soul-funk"
- Peter Thornton, Rip It Up (Apr 01, 2009) (Apr 01, 2009) - Rip It Up - Peter Thornton


"Andrew Spraggon is certainly one "together" dude. The master manipulator behind Sola Rosa can take a rhythmic idea.. and create something that is funky and sensual without overstretching itself. **** Stars"
- Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times (Apr 12, 2009) - Sunday Star Times - Mike Alexander


"Its hard to find fault with this album (Get It Together)... and if you've got a smidgeon of soul or an element of electronica in your musical being, seek this album out. **** Stars"
- Jeff Neems, Waikato Times (Apr 09, 2009) - Waikato Times - Jeff Neems


"The sheer musical diversity (and channeled energy) here lifts this one well above the pack"
- Graham Reid, Elsewhere (Apr 14, 2009) - Elsewhere - Graham Reid


This big sound is impressive... A solid return for Sola Rosa"
- Phil Reed, Real Groove Magazine (May 01, 2009) - Real Groove Magazine - Phil Reed


"The collaborative unit on this album is totally killer... This is captivating in style and 100% class. **** Stars"
- Philip Keene, Groove Guide (Apr 01, 2009) - Groove Guide - Philip Keene


"Sola Rosa have come up with a gem of a tune here [Turn Around]... Reminiscent of some of Mr. Scruff's recent work, this is sure to be a killer on the dancefloor"
- Piccadilly Records (UK) (Apr 25, 2009) - Picadilly Records (UK)


Mint collection of choice NZ grooves

If there’s something New Zealand’s famous for apart from the All Blacks, breathtaking scenery and top-quality wine and beer, it’s grooves. Fat Freddy’s Drop, Salmonella Dub and Shapeshifter are the best-known names, but Auckland’s Sola Rosa – a project of versatile musician/producer Andrew Spraggon – easily deserve to join the same ranks. After quietly making domestically-acclaimed records for a decade, Spraggon drops the big one with Get It Together – an instant NZ hit blending chilled beats, funkalicious basslines, surging soul strings and sharp guitar work. In a nutshell, this is what Tijuana Cartel and The Bamboos would have sounded like if they had an inspired jam. The Ace Of Space’s cinematic soul and spy movie tribute Bond Is Back are both immaculately executed, while Del Ray spouts dazzling Latin guitar licks and the title track riffs on a classic rhumba progression to a hip-swivelling effect. Proof of SR’s quality control, the heady, blaxploitation-tinged jazz-funk instrumental All You Need doesn’t even slightly recall the scenes of Howard Moon proselytising the sniggering Vince Noir about the marvels of the terminally uncool genre. Topping off the LP, guest singers and MCs Bajka (Humanised, Lady Love), Spikey Tee (perfect Cuban rhythm/NZ soul hybrid Love Alone and reggaefied closer These Words, These Sounds, These Powers), Iva Lamkum (Turn Around) and Serocee (delivering a stinging address on the conscious hip hop effort I’ve Tried Ways) bring plenty of vocal diversity to the plate. As they say in Aotearoa, choice as, bro. - Rave Magazine - DENIS SEMCHENKO


Discography

Aug 2010 - Get It Together - The Remixes
March 2009 - Get It Together

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Since Andrew Spraggon’s first formative releases as Sola Rosa at the turn of the 21st century, he’s steadily built a reputation for his deft synthesis of styles and quiet disregard for the niceties of genre boundaries. With a catch-all sound encompassing the best of hip hop, reggae, jazz, latin, soul and funk, all six of Sola Rosa’s critically acclaimed albums are a potent distillation of the music that’s influenced Spraggon over the course of his decade long career as a musician and producer. From a humble, self-released one man project to a decidedly deadly live collective, Sola Rosa has grown from a national treasure into an act of truly international repute.
While Sola Rosa’s first three albums undoubtedly cast Spraggon as one of New Zealand’s finest purveyors of downbeat-electronica – something that was backed up by a raft of accolades including a NZ Music Award for 2001’s Solarized, and b-net awards for 2000’s Entrance To Skyway and 2003’s Haunted Out-takes – his fourth long player, 2005s Moves On, saw a change in tact. Not content to simply stay within the bounds of any one genre, Spraggon expanded the Sola Rosa sound, incorporating more live instrumentation and adding a healthy dollop of funk, soul and reggae to an already considerable list influences. The new direction not only reinvigorated the Rosa sound, but earned Spraggon another nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album at the 2006 NZ Music Awards.

Despite the rapturous reception that all six of Sola Rosa’s releases have garnered, it’s Spraggon’s latest album, Get It Together, which has so successfully captured the breadth of his vision and piqued the most interest from record labels, artists and fans the world over. Like its predecessor, Moves On, Get It Together builds on a more performance based template than Sola Rosa’ early work, featuring a full band. It’s also Sola Rosa’s most ambitious to date, something which can largely be attributed to the talented musical cast Spraggon surrounded himself with over the course of the album’s recording. Long-term Sola Rosa collaborators Matt Short (bass), Ben White (Guitar), and Will Scott (drums) were joined by vocalists Spikey Tee (best known for his work with Jah Wobble, Mr Scruff, and Bomb The Bass), UK MC Serocee, German-based poet and singer Bajka, and Wellington songstress Iva Lamkum. Beyond the outstanding vocal collaborations a bevy of New Zealand’s most talented musicians have lent their hand on the album as well – Julian Dyne, Scratch 22, James Duncan, Victoria Kelly and Miguel Fuentes to name a few.

As a result, it’s no surprise that Get It Together has been so well received in New Zealand, chalking up the number one spot on iTunes and the Independent NZ Music Album Chart (where it stayed for four months), and reaching number 15 on the NZ Album Chart – all on the way to achieving Gold status. If that wasn’t enough, Spraggon was nominated for Best Producer at the 2009 Vodafone NZ Music Awards, Get It Together was nominated for Best Electronica Album, and the album’s second single, ‘Turn Around’, was nominated for Best Video. Perhaps most tellingly though, the success of Get It Together has spawned a remix album, Get It Together: The Remixes, which features the likes The Nextmen, DJ Vadim, Yes King, TM Juke and J Star reworking Sola Rosa originals for maximum dance floor effect.

Along with attracting a who’s who of international producers to remix the album, Get It Together’s heady mix of hybrid funk and tough beats has caught the attention of various labels throughout Europe. Lead single ‘Del Ray’ has been licensed for release through Sony BMG Germany for its Exotic Lounge Sessions compilation, and DJ Ease of Nightmares On Wax selected ‘Del Ray’ for his edition of Stereo Deluxe’s Coming Home series. This adds to an already impressive list of releases through revered global labels like Ministry Of Sound, Guidance, Different Drummer and Satellite K.

With a recent deluxe edition vinyl release of Get It Together, along with the albums release in Australia and scheduled release in Europe, Canada, Japan and the US early next year, Sola Rosa is slowly but surely spreading from their South-Pacific roots, letting the world in on what Kiwi music-lovers have been blessed with for years.