Vibrasics: Veni Vedi
By Martyn Pepperell
Vibrasics are a Dunedin-based seven piece live hip hop band with heavy jazz and funk influences. After working the live circuit for the last few years they have released this debut album which was recorded on vintage audio gear in Tautuku, mixed at Borderline Recordings and mastered by Dale Cotton at his Audioworkshop. Stylistically they share similarities with local acts Rhombus, Nuvonesia, and the former TrinityRoots. A particular highlight is the energy and enthusiasm of the horn section, as well as the DJ Shadow-esque turntablism spliced through the production. I found the majority of the rapped/ragga’d vocals formulaic, and in this regard Anji Somi’s sung contribution Step A Little comes as a welcome reprise - she has a promising voice and the song is strong. I suspect that Vibrasics are a more enjoyable experience live and this recording may not do them true justice. My feelings on this release are mixed, but it would definitely encourage me to go and see them play. Out now through Elite Distribution.