Sola Rosa have released the new single ‘Leave A Light On’ - an effortlessly cool and soulful track that makes way for the upcoming release of the Kiwi act’s new EP, IN SPACES.
Fronted by New Zealand music stalwart, Andrew Spraggon, Sola Rosa once again pushes into new sonic landscapes with ‘Leave A Light On’, which features British singer Kevin Mark Trail and the unmistakable voice of Kiwi powerhouse, L.A. Mitchell.
“Leave A Light On was written and recorded in my home studio in Auckland over a previous summer by myself and keyboard don Michal Martyniuk (Nathan Haines) with electric bass and guitar added by local legends Matt Short and Dixon Nacey,” says Spraggon.
“I love this track for Kevin’s mantra like vocals and L.A. Mitchell’s celestial chorus. There’s an effortless charm to it, a simplicity. I also love the remixes on this EP. Flytones are from Istanbul. I have been following them for a little while on Instagram. They constantly pos inspiring clips of their Dilla-esque, neo soul jams. I am also a huge fan of Canadian duo Potatohead People and their underground hit album BIG LUXURY. It’s great to be able to reach out to producers I love and respect and collaborate”.
IN SPACES, which is due for release on May 18, builds on Sola Rosa’s trademark fusion of genres, from hip-hop and jazz, to neo-soul, latin and funk. It includes the already released tracks ‘So Fly’, which also features Kevin Mark Trail, who rose to prominence in the early 2000s working with The Streets, and ‘Back To You’, featuring rising Kiwi sensation Noah Slee.
The record is Sola Rosa’s fourth EP and sits alongside six full-length albums, two remix albums, as well as a handful of hits, including the iconic 2009 tune ‘Del Ray’, which has amassed more than 2.5 million plays on Spotify and ‘Turn Around’, feat. Iva Lamkum, which has clocked more than one million plays.
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