VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Kiwi Soul Mixtape”

MP3 06 Kiwi Soul Mixtape.mp3 (60.86 MB)

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4 Responses to “VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Kiwi Soul Mixtape””

Q Says:
April 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Aww Man! I’m hooked. The mixtape is fine, but as you suggested finding ALL of the tracks even in a digital world is difficult. Not only that, but rewinding Ladi6 tracks within a file is…uhmm beyond difficult. If there was ever a case for a non-mixtape this would be it, LOL! Just based on the "re-running the track" effect alone. I’m not going to compare them to American Neo-Soul artists, but there is some clear equality in style, music, etc. with the likes of Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, Ledesi, Leela James, etc. I guess women in the NZ got something to sing about too. Nat Rose has a smooth R&B feel to her. Whereas Iva Lamkum and Ladi6 have some raw grittiness. Still, they are all soulful. Kulcha Nation, I wouldn’t necessarily classify as Soul–more folk-jazz, but the Sweet Honey in the Rock feel is ever present.

     kalamu sez     

to mix or not to mix? that is the question. my goal is to introduce folk to great music. want to encourage the audience and help the artist. on the technical side, the way our site is set up, i use one download per category. so should we have one separate track available for download or a mixtape. it’s a difficult question sometimes.

this week in the classics, we only have the ahmad jamal track, mainly because all the other tracks are easily available. in the covers section, i started to just feature faith pillow but then i checked that getting the dionne farris was EXPENSIVE (if you could find it), so i figured: put it in a mixtape and then folk who really, really want it, got it.

and the kiwi soul stuff, well, i virtually guarantee most folks are not going to be able to get all the tracks unless they are relentless and web-tech savvy.

another fine point, since you brought it up. the mixtape is not just one track after another. in addition to figuring out the sequence and putting in extras (such as the radio interview snippet—don’t ask how i got that! it would take too long to explain), but in addition to the aforementioned, i also do quite a bit of cross-fading to make the tape smooth, but of course that means someone  trying to isolate individual tracks will find it damn near impossible. ah, the joys of choice.

but anyway, glad you enjoyed the kiwi soul part 1 (oh–see what you done, you made me tell on myself. yes, mes amies there will be a part 2). stay tuned. to be continued…


rich Says:
April 7th, 2009 at 2:05 am

great to see the local sisters represented, kiwi soul is indeed alive and well. i’m not working for the site, but for music hunters chasing down these sounds, check out chaos music – a good online home for kiwi and australian music

Jackie Says:
April 7th, 2009 at 11:42 am

I just wanted to thank you for this mixtape (and all the others). I’m sitting here just listening and thinking how much I value this site for introducing me to artists and ideas. Some artists I knew about (but maybe not the information you presented), others I had no idea they existed but now I want to find them. I find myself saying, “Huh, I had no idea this was going on.” And that is a good thing.

Mtume Says:
April 14th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

New Zealand, huh?

We’ve been through this before with Fat Freddy’s Drop and Trinity Roots and Hollie Smith, etc. so I won’t get back into the conversation about how and why this happened. (‘This’ being so much soul originating from a small island in the south Pacific.) And really, it isn’t necessary to talk about it because the music damn near speaks for itself.

I liked every track I heard from Ladi6 and Nat Rose and I liked one or two from the other sisters as well. I guess I shouldn’t still be surprised by now, but you know what? I still am.

New Zealand, huh? New Zealand….

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