New Zealand producer Andrew Spraggon, crafting under the name, Sola Rosa, returns with a new album ‘Chasing The Sun’, due for release on 25th September via his Way Up Recordings label through Kartel Music Group.
Five 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 featuring artists, such as regular collaborator and former The Streets singer
long term collaborator Sharlene Hector and genre-defying, rising UK soul and reggae star Kiko Bun. Sola Rosa is known for championing new artists, for his new album he involved some of the best rising new stars across the globe, from London-based singer/songwriter Josh Barry and eclectic Neo-Soul singer Jerome Thomas, British reggae and dub MC vocalist Eva Lazarus and breaking Australian artist Thandi Phoenix. Closer to home, ex-pat Kiwi vocalist Wallace and Aotearoa’s own musical maverick, Troy Kingi add their talents to the mix.
Talking about the collaborative nature of the project Sola Rosa explains, “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.”
Have a listen to his single, ‘Shine On’, featuring the Thandi Phoenix. Let us know what you think: