20 Essential NZ Releases




Released 2004 through Capitol and Shock Records

‘On The Sun’ was The Black Seeds second album, evolving from the dub/reggae of their debut album ‘Keep On Pushing’ to include a tighter, more funk and soul infused sound. Produced by Lee Prebble and mastered in Sydney, the album was created to stand up to the pressures of a big, fat sound system while sounding just as good in your headphones. ‘On The Sun’ debuted at number 3 on the New Zealand album charts and achieved double platinum sales.

In 2005 the album was released in Australia through Loop Recordings and Shock Records, adding to the band’s building popularity across the Tasman. The Black Seeds have joined Fat Freddy’s Drop, Ladi6, Katchafire etc as one of those New Zealand bands that regularly spends half the year touring overseas. They also helped to draw international attention to the local live reggae/dub/soul music scene here in Aotearoa.

The track ‘So True’ was a hit on mainstream radio here in New Zealand, and one of the most popular songs of the 2004/2005 summer. Here at Base FM ‘So True’ got just as much love while ‘Fire’, ‘Senegal Champions Of Africa’ and ‘Turn It Around’ were also in high rotation and continue to get pulled out as NZ classics.


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