Various: The Green Room 001: Eco-Nation
By Shaun Chait
The result of this joint effort from the Green Party and Loop Recordings is an album of cutting edge NZ dub, reggae, and beats that celebrates the freash organic sounds of Aotearoa. The blend of established frontliners and bright young talent is spot on, providing a track selection that combines unreleased tracks with choice cuts from the better known artists. Headliners Che Fu and Salmonella Dub both shine - the latter's Push On Thru is brilliant, absolutely worldclass. Pitch Black get it right once more with Speech, the underground represents with the likes of The Nomad, Fat Freddys Drop, and 50Hz, Welli's dub/roots kings TrinityRoots and Barnaby (Black Seeds) are in, and quality newcomers the ilk of Skanky abound. Smooth, soulful, and rootsy, this is the sound of a Kiwi summer, chilled with laid-back beats.