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LOOPNEWS The Green Room 005: Whanau Special

LOOPNEWS The Green Room 005: Whanau Special

Hi guy,

The Green Room 005: Whanau is out now in shops!

LOOP is throwing a huge release party for The Green Room 005: Whanau at Hope Bros. in Wellington, NZ. We are giving away two double passes to the gig. Read on below to find out how to win!

Get your groove on!


Loop Recordings presents the release party for The Green Room 005: Whanau on Sat 6th May @ Hope Bros. Shihan the Poet left the audience of last year's sell-out Wellington gig thirsty for more but Shihan is back with a live band to present his unique style of spoken word, hip hop and poetry. Also for your pleasure South Pacific reggae icons House of Shem pack the Whanau into the car and join us from Wanganui.

For all still standing we have DJs Recloose and Solaa's Isaac Aesili droppin' it hot.

Pre's $15 from Real Groovy or Hope Bro's. The first 100 through the door at 10pm get a complimentary Heineken. All this, Sat 6th May @ Hope Bros.


LOOP is giving away two double passes to the RELEASE PARTY. Just email with the title of the 3rd track on The Green Room 005: Whanau compilation , your NAME, and your ADDRESS to be into win. The two winners will be notified by email. Closes 5pm Fri 28th April.


Ko te whānau te hunga tūturu, ko te kaupapa hoki o te iwi.

The family is the natural and fundamental unit of society.

Welcome to The Green Room 005: Whānau. Throughout this series we have enjoyed music to inspire global unity and environmental awareness, and promote positive change. In a time where we have more questions than answers about our future, The Green Room series aims to provide a positive message delivered via creative expression. Enjoy this new volume packed with inspirational works by local and international talent, including seven previously unreleased tunes.

The Green Room is also a weekly radio show that aims to expose and promote fresh musical talent from New Zealand and the rest of the world. The Green Room is broadcast in Aotearoa on Radio Active in Wellington, New Zealand. Check it online at (19.00 hours NZST).

"The Green Room 005: Whanau is dedicated to the loving memory of Rod Donald. A leader with a lifelong commitment to the environment and to social justice, and a true supporter of a creative New Zealand." Michael Tucker


01. Deva Mahal - Never Gonna Stop

Since moving to New Zealand in 2001, 24 year-old, African- American singer Deva Maha has made her very own name as soul songstress in the New Zealand music scene. The beautiful daughter of blues icon Taj Mahal has recorded with Fat Freddy's Drop, Sola Rosa, Rhombus a.o. Though she may have performed alongside some of Aotearoa's finest musicians, Deva Mahal most definitely stands in no one's shadow. She has conjured up tidal waves with her band every week with her residency at Hope Bros., Wellington. The song 'Never Gonna Stop' is featured on Deva Mahal's highly inspirational and exciting debut album 'Live At Hope Bros.'

02.Shihan The Poet feat. Brutha Gimel and Gina Loring - Somebody Tell Me

Shihan The Poet left the audience of last year's sell-out Wellington gig in a bewildered buzz of excitement. The American impresses all with his unique style of spoken word, hip hop and poetry. 'Somebody Tell Me' is taken from his debut album called 'The Poet'. Watch out for his performance at The Green Room 005: Whanau release party in Wellington on May 6 at Hope Bros!

03. Solaa - Eyes Shut

Since 1997 Solaa carry the torch of jazz improvisation in New Zealand. Driven by a love for contemporary urban music such as hip hop and a strong friendship that formed across socioeconomic and cultural divides, their sound is a unique New Zealand fusion of electronic and organic music. The hit 'Eyes Shut' features on their fantastic self-released debut album 'Steps in Time'.
04. Freddie Cruger feat. ADL - Runnin' From Love

Freddie Cruger aka Red Astaire aka Fredrik Lager first got in contact with hip hop when he started out as a break dancer in the early 80s. The characteristic style of Freddie Cruger's productions are a blend of old school hip hop and B-boy grooves mixed up with dirty funk, soul, reggae, latin and disco rhythms. He is signed to Raw Fusion in Sweden and travels worldwide to spin future to oldschool funk. 05. Recloose feat. Joe Dukie - Time Is On Your Side

This is an excellent joint from the sophomore Recloose album 'Hiatus On The Horizon', out on LOOP. It exemplifies the album in the sense that it takes two very different sounds (from Detroit and New Zealand) and somehow skilfully muddles them, featuring Fat Freddy's Drop singer Dalla aka Joe Dukie on the mic. Beautiful!

06.Dreadzone - I Know

Dreadzone is an acknowledged three man London dub band with strong influences from ragga. Add a pinch of worldmusic and you have a happy, free floating almost chanting sound taking turns with more sober, dark and dramatic classic dub vibes. The song 'I Know' is taken from their latest album 'Once Upon A Time'.

07.Headcornerstone - Hot Like Fire (Groove Corporation Remix)

German Reggae band Headcornerstone dig deep into anything from classic reggae roots to modern dancehall. Celebrating ten years on stage the 10 piece live band has built a following for it's socio-critical lyrics and rude dance vibes in the spirit of togetherness and one blood. The remix by Groove Corporation, a musical project from the UK to be watched, takes their song 'Hot Like Fire' to a new electrifying dimension.

08. Noiseshaper - Walls Of Silence

Noiseshaper from Vienna, Austria, have been pushing conscious and meaningful dub and roots music for years. Their albums on labels Different Drummer and Echo Beach have even led to international air play and also remixes for the likes of Sly & Robbie and Outkast. The song 'Walls Of Silence' appears on their new album 'Rough Out There'.

09. House Of Shem - Rise Up

House Of Shem is an eight piece family band based in Whanganui, New Zealand. In 1998 South Pacific reggae icon Carl Perkins and his three sons Joshua, Te Omeka and Pete formed the band. Later Carl's youngest boys Isaiah and Hamuera joined the band. Their bubbling roots and reggae pulse has appeared on various compilations including 'Conscious Roots'. They have toured all the choice NZ summer festivals lately and even performed in Australia. Watch out for their performance at The Green Room 005: Whanau release party in Wellington on May 6 at Hope Bros!

10. Mocky - Sweet Music

Worldwide styles! The Canadian born and Berlin based musician Mocky is a sensitive skilled improviser. With the release of his debut album "In Mesopotamia" on Gomma Recordings, Mocky gained international recognition for his funky, raw production style and introspective raps and melodies, culminating in the craze around his underground hit "Sweet Music".

11. Ursula Rucker feat Younglao - Rant (Hot In Here) Ursula Rucker from Philadelphia, US, has never been afraid to take it there. There, that place, deep, inside, up and above, where she carves emotion with piercing lyrical cadence. On her recent debut concert in New Zealand at Wellington's Matterhorn, Rucker's affinity for crafting words over rough hip hop beats cooked up her message for hungry local ears. The song 'Rant (Hot In Here)' is taken from her brand new third album 'Ma' At Mama' on !K7.

12. Confucius - It's Got To Be Funk Pt. 2

And damn right it is! Confucius say - "Music has it's own message and I can't be bothered describing it to you, so have a listen and if you like it... then it's all good". This cut is taken from his debut album 'Newsoundlandscapes', out on LOOP, where Confucius navigates cleverly into eclectic Drum'n'Bass territory without losing the way forward.

13. The Illphonics - Deeper

Supergroup! How else could music writers and TV presenters describe a band comprising of members of Fat Freddy's Drop, Twinset, Shapeshifter and former members of Police Lucifer and TrinityRoots? P Digsss and Hollie Smith warm up the mics, as The Illphonics take their gravy smothered root vegetable experience of Sunday nights at the shelter, the one and only Matterhorn (Wellington) to resole the shoes of soul with this tasty treat titled 'Deeper', originally released on their self-titled debut EP, out on Capital.

Using podcasting technology you can now stay up-to-date with the hottest selections from LOOP HQ. If know the podcast lingo, the RSS feed for your podcast software is , then you can be automatically updated when new LOOPKasts are available.

LOOPKast 52

In this LOOPKast Mikee becomes frustrated from the lack of interesting stories to research and investigate. It all becomes a but much for the delicate soul and he starts ordering kitchenware from Infomercials on TV. The sun shines again when Mikee discovers he can now cook a meal in under two minutes.

Super fast!

Listen to LOOPKast 52 by clicking on the LOOPKast banner below!

Take it easy!

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