The Black Seeds Remix Album Out Now!
Wellington roots/funk/dub/soul band The Black Seeds exceeded all expectations (even their own!) with their debut album Keep On Pushing. Released by newly formed independent label LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa in June 2001, Keep On Pushing has sold strongly on the back of the band's excellent live shows, extensive touring schedule and award winning videos, and the album recently earned The Black Seeds nominations in 5 of 12 categories in the year's b.net New Zealand Music Awards (an equal number to fellow Awards frontrunners Che Fu, P-Money, Salmonella Dub and The D4). While the Seeds themselves have recently returned to the studio to begin work on their second studio album, the master tapes for Keep On Pushing have over the past few months been remixed, remangled and remade by a specially selected cast of local artists into Pushed - Keep On Pushing Remixed.
Involve Records artist Jet Jaguar was the first to pitch in, with a rudeboy digital dancehall remix of "Coming Back Home" which was first released by LOOP on The Gathering 2002 CD in December of last year. Jet Jaguar's 'Almost Home' remix topped the national Alternative Radio Chart for the first part of 2002 and was picked as a finalist for the new Best NZ Remix category of this year's b.net Awards.
LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa artists Rhian Sheehan and 50Hz contribute two mixes which illustrate the diversity of outlooks and approaches exhibited on Pushed - Rhian's 'Selenophobia mix' of "What We Need" is a sonic synth driven affair, whilst 50Hz adds a funky hip-hop head nod flavour to Keep On Pushing's title track. On the dubwise front you'll find The Nomad in typically fine form with assistance from regular sidekick MC Antsman and guest musicians Tehimana Kerr (Fat Freddy's Drop) and Otis Chamberlain (Police Lucipher/The Organiks), DLT & Ruane (Nick Roughan) deliver a deep dancefloor dub in the style of Pitch Black and The Black Seeds introduce their friends House Of Shem from Wanganui - a family band fronted by 18 year old Te Omeka Perkins and including in its membership a handful of Perkins brothers and his father Carl (ex-Herbs). The Black Seeds frontman Barnaby Weir delivers a little sneaky dancehall business of his own under the name Flash Harry and fellow Seeds Shannon Williams and Bret McKenzie do the same as 100 Plastic Knives vs The Video Kid.
Wellington's DJ Vee flips "Little Atoms" onto the hip-hop tip, while Christchurch's Pylonz (Fabel Recordings) and Mysterious D & Confucius (Footnote Records) represent New Zealand's burgeoning drum & bass sound with two devastating dancefloor mixes of "Hey Son". Wellington's hardest working jazz band Twinset cover "You Wait" in their signature Blue Note/boogaloo sound, electro-acoustic artists mute/hummel "re:mangle" two tunes into one and Nurture Recordings artist son.sine takes Keep On Pushing's title track deep into the minimal dub/house territory favoured by Berlin's world renowned Rhythm & Sound crew.
You loved Keep On Pushing, so now get Pushed - a version excursion extraordinaire!
A LOOP RECORDINGS AOT(EAR)OA RELEASE
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