PREMIERE: Ladi6 “Guru”

Ladi6 is a band from New Zealand known in most circles as a soul ensemble. But the “soul” description just doesn’t fully convey the sound that comes out of these folks. Their soothing soundscapes exude a futuristic funk that speaks of seriously eclectic influences. Lead singer Ladi and producer Parks come from a hip hop and ska background respectively, so maybe that accounts for the different textures and patterns they incorporate into their flow.

Each Ladi6 project has been born out of amazing opportunities. When Mu of Fat Freddy’s Drop caught wind of the act, he immediately offered to help with their debut, Time Is Not Much. Their sophomore album, The Liberation of, was recorded all around Germany during the four years the group toured Europe.

For their third outing, Automatic, Ladi’s crew managed to locate and record with a producer who helped define the Detroit sound, Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers). Then, after a three year hiatus, last summer they introduced listeners to new music in the form of a dope single called “Beffy.” The cut was the opening salvo of their upcoming Royal Blue 3000 EP, a collection of songs that are largely culled from their improvisational Alpha Session parties. With Red Bull Studios along for the ride, the stage became Ladi6’s R&D department.

Today MASS APPEAL is proud to premiere “Guru,” a new laid-back barrage from Ladi6. This cut bubbles, ticks and pulsates with undulating keys and insistent hi-hats. Even though the sound is clearly electronic, it comes across with an organic feel. As the group puts it, “While we toyed with the idea of fine-tuning the structure, we decided against it, leaving it almost exactly as it arrived originally to us onstage.” Ladi’s main lyric on this joint goes, “Starve fear/ Feed faith/ And ride/ Ride on/ Ride on through the night.” Good stuff. If you ain’t gently swaying to the flavor of “Guru” already, hit play, yo.

Royal Blue 3000 drops June 2nd, 2017. You can pre-order the EP here.

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