Ardijah: Journey (Aere'anga)
By Tony Parker
Over their 15 year existence Ardijah have always maintained an uplifting and positive vibe in their music. For Ryan and Betty-Anne Monga this is as important to them as it has been for them to embrace all things funk. 'Journey' is no exception with rock, soul, hip hop and rap coming together under their Poly Funk umbrella that contains all the hallmarks of multi-instrumentalist Ryan Monga's polished production. Rapping and turntables update the Ardijah sound but their trademark old school soul/funk remains, albeit with a slight Polynesian feel this time. No Ardijah album would be complete however without the sweet sound of Betty-Anne's voice and here she provides the icing on the cake with the joy in her singing echoing the positive lyrical content of Ryan's songs. The band also have a knack for picking covers with catchy versions of the Bee Gees Desire (with Jordan Luck no less), and Leo Sayer's Moonlighting, showing they still have an ear for the radio friendly pop song. 'Journey' proves once again that Ardijah definitely bring the funk - an album that is so smooth yet so danceable.