Sola Rosa releases new EP, IN SPACES
IN SPACES features the new single ‘Leave A Light On’ – an effortlessly cool and soulful track, which features British singer Kevin Mark Trail and the unmistakable voice of Kiwi powerhouse, L.A. Mitchell, and premiered on UK’s Bondafide Mag
Fronted by New Zealand music stalwart, Andrew Spraggon, Sola Rosa once again pushes into new sonic landscapes with IN SPACES.
“This EP I feel is like a bridge between our 2015 album MAGNETICS, which was quite synth and beats focused compared to where we are headed with the next album, which is more live instrument based. I felt these tracks needed to be released separately as they have their own voice in the Sola Rosa timeline,” says Spraggon.
“I also love the remixes on this EP. Flytones are from Istanbul. I had been following them for a little while on Instagram. They post some really inspiring clips of their Dilla-esque, neo soul jams. I am also a huge fan of Canadian duo Potatohead People and their underground hit album BIG LUXURY on Bastard Jazz. It’s great to be able to reach out to producers I love and respect and collaborate”.
IN SPACES builds on Sola Rosa’s trademark fusion of genres, from hip-hop and jazz, to neo-soul, Latin and funk. It includes the already released tracks ‘So Fly’, which also features Kevin Mark Trail, who rose to prominence in the early 2000s working with The Streets; and ‘Back To You’, featuring rising Kiwi sensation Noah Slee.
Additional production and mixing of the EP was done by renowned Kiwi producer / mix engineer Andy ’Submariner’ Morton at Creative Orchard (Home Brew, Che Fu, Mark de Clive Lowe); and mastered by Kelly Hibbert at Almachrome (J Dilla, Madlib, Lying Lotus, Aloe Blacc).
The record is Sola Rosa’s fourth EP and sits alongside six full-length albums, two remix albums, as well as a handful of hits, including the iconic 2009 tune ‘Del Ray’, which has amassed more than 2.5 million plays on Spotify and ‘Turn Around’, feat. Iva Lamkum, which has clocked more than one million plays.