SOLA ROSA Releases Brand New Album, Chasing the Sun
Producer Andrew Spraggon, aka Sola Rosa, begins his next musical chapter with the release of new long player, Chasing The Sun. Easily his most collaborative project to date, Chasing The Sun is an expertly crafted collection of the funk, soul and jazz influences that he’s been known for over his 20-plus year career, while further showcasing some of the best established and emerging musicians the world has to offer.
ive years in the making, and honed to perfection, the project was written and recorded between Auckland, London and Sydney and includes a heavy hitting line-up of vocalists and session musicians alongside the core Sola Rosa band. Expect to hear long-time Rosa associate and Streets singer, Kevin Mark Trail, Basement Jaxx’ long-term collaborator Sharlene Hector and genre-defying, rising UK reggae star Kiko Bun alongside London’s singer/songwriter Josh Barry and eclectic Neo-Soul singer Jerome Thomas, British reggae and dub MC vocalist Eva Lazarus, plus up and coming Australian artist Thandi Phoenix. Closer to home, ex-pat Kiwi vocalist Wallace and Aotearoa’s own musical maverick, Troy Kingi add their vocal talents to the mix.
Andrew on collaboration; “In the early days Sola Rosa was a selfish studio project, but after the first few releases, I realised my limitations as a player, and writer, and started to collaborate with other musicians. Through this process I realised how much collaboration contributes to each release. Each player brings their own life experience, style and skillset which creates music that is far greater than the sum of its parts.”
On the musical tip, Spraggon is aided by Jeremy Toy (Guitar), Julien Dyne (Drums/Percussion), Lewis McCallum (Brass/Wind/Keys) and long term Rosa band members Dixon Nacey (Guitar), Matt Short (Bass) and Peter Leupolu (Keyboards) who, along with a further collection of kiwi musicians, contribute the live-recorded instrumentation to the album.
This sophisticated 12 track collection is bursting with classics in the making, including the singles Searching For Love featuring Kiko Bun, powerful social commentary piece For The Mighty Dollar with Kevin Mark Trail and Sharlene Hector, and uplifting anthems Shine On and Something Good with Thandi Phoenix. On Chasing the Sun, Spraggon fully embraces string and horn arrangements and organically produced sounds, channelling the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s when funk and soul were ubiquitous, but offering no less than a timeless feel.
Says Spraggon on Chasing The Sun; “My M.O for this album was not to cut any corners. I wanted to take the time to get it right, and not bow down to external pressures. It was time to reconnect to the music I personally love and that I feel represents Sola Rosa. I like soulful, funky music, and that’s really the kind of album I wanted to make.”
Chasing The Sun Track list:
- For The Mighty Dollar ft. Kevin Mark Trail & Sharlene Hector
- Runnin’ ft. Shach Seven & Sharlene Hector
- Something Good ft. Thandi Phoenix
- You Don’t Know ft. Josh Barry
- Chasing The Sun ft. Wallace & Kevin Mark Trail
- Star to Star ft. Troy Kingi
- Searching For Love ft. Kiko Bun
- Shine On ft. Thandi Phoenix
- No Idea ft. Jerome Thomas
- So Many Times ft. Kevin Mark Trail
- My Love ft. Eva Lazarus
- Closing Statement ft. Wallace
Chasing The Sun is a perfectly produced and executed journey through the universe of soul, funk and everywhere in between. Album is out now through Kartel Music Group, physical distribution is courtesy of Border Music.