20 Essential NZ Releases

ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE 'Electric Wire Hustle'

ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE ‘Electric Wire Hustle’


Released via Every Waking Hour (NZ, 2009), BBE (Europe, 2010), and Wonderful Noise (Japan, 2010) as a 3-part limited series on vinyl.

With their debut self-titled album Electric Wire Hustle achieved cult status. A number one song on Hype Machine, five-star reviews from the likes of Okayplayer, and BBC Radio support from Gilles Peterson and Benji B secured them unwavering support internationally.

Press releases via www.bbemusic.com (2010):

Developing their own sound and twist on modern hip hop, psychedelic and soul, New Zealand’s Electric Wire Hustle has forged a fresh sound that challenges genre boundaries and preconceptions. The music of EWH reaches forward while referencing key points of music’s past. Thick drums and percussion layered with synth lines, hints of Fender Rhodes and nylon stringed guitars have your neck snapping while your ear cranes to the evocative vocals of Mara TK. Since forming in 2007 the trio of – Mara TK, Taay Ninh and Myele Manzanza – have experienced an outstanding response to their music. Their strong live shows have seen them support the likes of UK soul singer Alice Russell, Japan’s DJ Krush, Grooveman Spot and U.S. psychedlic soul outfit SA-RA Creative Partners. EWH have also had the pleasure of collaborating with U.S. recording artists Georgia Anne Muldrow (Epistrophik Peach/SomeOthaShip/ Ubiquity Records), Atlanta based Stacy Epps, Mara’s dad; NZ blues legend Billy TK and UK future Soul exponent Steve Spacek who all feature on their debut album. 

Already given the coveted Gilles Peterson seal of approval, and wrapping up their first tour of the states, Electric Wire Hustle are on their way to groundbreaking status.” – Revivalist/ Okayplayer.com

Quite simply this is the best, most exciting R&B, soul, electronica, whatever you want to call it, record I’ve heard this year.” – Okayplayer.com

A great blend of forward thinking hip hop, jazz and soul.” – Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers, Bling47, Ubiquity)

The group I am most excited about is Electric Wire Hustle…their LP is rock solid.” – Tyler Askew (Rude Movements/Shibuya FM)

(Electric Wire Hustle) have fulfilled their early promise by crafting a dynamic album to woo both the songwriters and beat junkies.” – Straight No Chaser

‘Electric Wire Hustle’s debut album selected as number 1 album of Top 10 albums of 2009’ – Aaron Byrd & Anthony Valadez (Radio KCRW Los Angeles)

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