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Karekare: Te Reo O Te Whenua - Paddy Free  
Karekare: Te Reo O Te Whenua
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Territory Restrictions: Australia And New Zealand

One of the founding fathers of New Zealand electronica - in the multi-media outfit Pitch Black with Mike Hodgson - Paddy Free has also had a prolific career as a producer/engineer for hire, from Salmonella Dub to Crowded House, yet this is his first solo outing.

Subtitled “The Language of the Land”, Karekare is a collaboration with Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori instruments) specialist Richard Nunns, which marries electronica and Maori music to great effect: imbued with the sounds of the bush and native birds, the album has a brooding and sometimes windswept quality that conjures up the environment around Karekare (on the West coast of New Zealand).

Thankfully it is not one of those “fusion” albums where the divergent genres sound forced together: it was Paddy's intention that the electronic parts always serve the kaupapa (principle) behind the Taonga Puoro– that nothing be taken out of context, or dominated by the electronic elements.

Very much a sonic landscape, the album opens with the mysterious call of flute, before breaking into Lali, a dub drenched growler of a tune. Other stand out tracks include the collaboration with Tiki Taane (formerly of Salmonella Dub and Concord Dawn) Wairua, the drum and bass ‘haka’ Whai Atu and the mournful Kohatu.

Karekare reveals itself to be, on repeat listenings, an album replete with tiny details that can easily get lost on a first hearing so please bear with it!

CD Track List:  
Track Title Artist
01 Weherua Po Paddy Free Play
02 Lali Paddy Free Play
03 Tetekura Paddy Free Play
04 Whai Atu Paddy Free Play
05 Karekare Paddy Free Play
06 Po Ahiahi Paddy Free Play
07 Roimata Toroa Paddy Free Play
08 Pepeke Paddy Free Play
09 Wairua Paddy Free Play
10 Karekare (Ambient Mix) Paddy Free Play
11 Kohatu Paddy Free Play
12 Aniwaniwa Paddy Free Play
Label ProfileLabel: Dubmission
Sales NotesFormat: CD
Further InformationBarcode: 9421024213831
Track ListingRelease Date: 2009-04-10
Genre: ChilloutCatalogue Number: CDDUB012CD