Various: Whopper Chopper Sounds Part 1
By Stephen Jewell
The Whopper Chopper Seaside Extravaganza has been a fixture at beaches around Wellington for five years now and it finally ventured elsewhere in New Zealand - to Auckland's St Helier's this past summer just gone. So as the winter finally closes in, what better way to warm yourself up than to listen to the first ever 'Whopper Chopper Sounds' compilation? In keeping with Whopper Chopper's Wellington's origins, most of the artists on this compilation hail from the capital and embrace the city's popular dub sounds. Mike Fabulous opens 'Whopper Chopper Sounds' in style with the showground style Whopper Chopper while his main group The Black Seeds contribute Black Swandri, reprised from their 2002 remix compilation, 'Pushed.' Overall, 'Whopper Chopper Sounds' makes for some very laidback, mellow listening such as on Cornerstone Roots' Lovers and Wrong Bus's Hub-a-Dub Love Style. There's also a couple of exclusives including a special Whopper Chopper edit of TrinityRoots' Sense and Cents and a magnificent, 15-minute-long version of Fat Freddy's Drop's Willow Tree, recorded live at Jazzanova's 'monthly kaleidoscope' at Café Moskau in Berlin.