Welcome to the Funkommunity, a new group founded by kiwi soul producer extraordinaire Isaac Aesili and singer Rachel Fraser. The new wave of New Zealand music just doesn't stop and it's getting better all the time.
MPM first hooked up with Isaac - who is also a singer, keyboarder, horn player and DJ - last year when we released his dark electronica project Karlmarx. His musical vita includes Opensouls, Solaa (a group he formed in the early 2000s with Electric Wire Hustle mastermind Taay Ninh) and Eru Dangerspiel. Isaac and Rachel first met as members of the Recloose Live band and clicked from start. After collaborating on Isaac's solo album 'Eye See', they set up Funkommunity, a project that grew into a five piece band.
'Dandilion' is the second single taken from the forthcoming Funkommunity debut album 'Chequered Thoughts'. Produced by FK mastermind Isaac Aesili and DJ Truent, one of the hottest up and coming beatheads from Down Under. 'Dandilion' is best described as an uplifting, screwed r&b spiritual, melding the aesthetics of future soul music with heavy-hitting drums and Rachel's outstanding lyrical performance.
Vocals by Rachel Fraser
Produced by Isaac Aesili & Christoph El Truento
Guitar - Daniel Ryland
Drums - Myele Manzanza
Programming, Horns, Bass & Synths - Isaac Aesili
Photo by Robert Winter
Artwork by Chicken George
"New Zealand soulcats of Funkommunity just keep getting better. The blunted R&B of 'Dandilion' is definitely on another level.." - Okayplayer (US)
"Looks like we've been waiting on Funkommunity forever." - Soulbounce (US)
"I love it. Really fresh!" - Anthony Valadez (KCRW, Los Angeles)
"With two of my favorite musicians at the helm, Funkommunity have created a work of serious atmospheric funk, playing out the aurora australis ? peep this!" - Taay Ninh (Electric Wire Hustle, Auckland)
"My car runs on Funkommunity, it's been on my car stereo for a month. Really digging it. Feels like summer arrived in Wellington early!" - DJ Fitchie (Fat Freddy's Drop, Wellington)