Today 29th July New Zealand artist Andrew Spraggon, crafting under the moniker Sola Rosa, releases laid-back funk cut ‘Shine On’ from his upcoming album, ‘Chasing The Sun’, due for release on 25th September.
Featuring Thandi Phoenix on vocals, ‘Shine On’ adds to the recent stream of Sola Rosa collaborative singles, including ‘For The Mighty Dollar’ featuring The Streets vocalist Kevin Mark Trail and long term Basement Jaxx collaborator soul singer Sharlene Hector, ‘Searching For Love’ feat. Kiko Bun, which saw support at radio from the UK home of soulful music Mi Soul, with Indie London featuring the singles in their ‘Singles of The Week’.
Recorded in a Sydney studio session following a trans-Tasman exchange of beats, melody and ideas, ‘Shine On’ is about finding your voice and strength, to move on from someone who’s tried to break you down. The empowering opening lines “I listen and I beam, I know I am Queen, not ever looking back, I’m focused on my path”, are a bold reminder to never settle for less.
Talking about the collaboration, Sola Rosa explains; “Thandi and I initially connected through my music publisher. We ended up collaborating on the upcoming single ‘Something Good’, which also appears on the album. That process, and the final result totally blew my expectations of what we could achieve. I was so impressed with the first session that I flew back to Sydney and we recorded ‘Shine On’”.
Expanding on the meaning behind the song, Thandi shares; “I believe it’s so important to surround yourself with positive forces, and if someone or something is no longer serving you, building you up, or encouraging you to be your best, then you gotta LET. IT. GO! I know that’s easier said than done – we create attachments and loyalties to things and make excuses for why they’re not that bad – but there’s got to come a time where you stand up for yourself and do what’s right for you. Remember who you are!”
‘Shine On’ is infused with a laid back punchy groove. Propelled by horns courtesy of Mike Booth, Andrew Hall and Hadyn Godfrey, flute from Lewis McCallum and guitar delivered by Jeremy Toy and Dixon Nacey, the track’s rhythm section is carried by Andrew Spraggon on synth bass, with percussion by Julien Dyne. Elia Gaitau and Andrew Spraggon round out the track on keys.
Sola Rosa’s history is littered with Number 1 releases, awards and critical acclaim in his home country of New Zealand, with accolades spanning over a decade. Highlights include a #1 album on iTunes and the IMZN Music Charts, multiple bNet and VNZMA nominations and awards for Best Electronica Album, Best Independent Release, Best Producer and Best Dance/Electronic Album.