“Solid Ground” – The Black Seeds (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] July 14, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: Solid Ground / ARTIST: The Black Seeds / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: 22nd September 2008 / CAT NO: SBCD0010
This 8 person outfit has been making Kiwi flavored vintage reggae-dub-funk for 10 glorious years now. Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand their first album – Keep On Pushing – achieved gold selling status in New Zealand. Since then they’ve spread their unique brand of feel-good, sun-kissed, pacific grooves internationally with third album Into The Dojo. Released in 2007 on Sonar Kollektiv, it was received with open arms by the music community, reaching well over double-platinum sales at home, and garnering critical acclaim and strong airplay in Europe, culminating in sell out shows over an 18 date European tour.
Since then they’ve been hard at work coming up with the follow up: the sublime Solid Ground, proving that – much like a fine wine – The Black Seeds seem to get better with age.
With all the extensive local and international touring they’ve done ove the last year or so, the members of The Black Seeds have never been so close as a group. This closeness inevitably contributed to the creative process of their fourth studio-album; as vocalist Barney Weir puts it “The Black Seeds are tight… we have set a solid foundation for the band over 10 years… and with Solid Ground we’ve been experimenting with some new flavours and directions… I believe we have all got better at what we do individually, and together and have created some exciting new songs”.
Recorded again at The Surgery Studio with Dr. Lee Prebble, and produced by Mike Fabulous, Solid Ground is a masterpiece of conscious roots music for the soul. Crossing genre boundaries in only a way The Black Seeds can, Solid Ground oozes with the bands distinctive flavour – from the heavy-hitting karma-inspired first single Slingshot, to darker reggae and dub-infused tracks such as Send a Message and The Bubble, infectious reggae gems like Love Is A Radiation, Come To Me and Bulletproof, and soulful tracks Rotten Apple and AfroPhone.
Staying true to their roots is of key importance to the band: reflecting the difference in the expansive green landscapes and coastlines of New Zealand and the South pacific, to the urban community of their home city Wellington through their music. The album explores personal triumphs and failures; the fear of love; death and apathy; relationships – good and bad; personal stories and insights into their lives in a multi-cultural, modern nation. But ultimately every song is underpinned with a positive and optimistic undertone, even when the truth hurts.
The Black Seeds truly find their feet on solid ground with these twelve tracks of dub, funk, afro beat and soul, closely chased with a vintage reggae base.