"Shank" is the second release from our playlist, and is out now. The result of recent recording sessions with veteran NZ engineer Nick Abbott (Robert Plant, Rihanna, Golden Horse, The Datsuns), "Shank" features the raw soul power of "guest only" vocalist Sophia Faalogo. Read the full Songbroker press release here.
Following the release of our epic dub jam "Three Little Words". Shank is the next of many instalments coming your way over the Summer, and we'll be celebrating the single release at Leigh Sawmill Cafe on Thursday 28th December, along with our good friends, Waiheke's own 12-piece Latin Ska powerhouse, Radio Rebelde - for one night of dance floor madness. Tickets are available from Under The Radar now.
In the past 12 months W.I.S.O have supported kiwi acts such as Yoko Zuna, Sorceress, Latin Aotearoa, P-Diggs and Sunshine Sound System. We've also headlined Okere Falls Winter Festival, The Cavell Leitch Jazz and Blues Festival as part of The Blue Smoke series, and we're gearing up for a Summer full of high energy shows.
Releasing tracks one by one, we want to create more of a "playlist" for listeners, given the variety of the material on the album. From Electronic | Soul | Funk | Drum n Bass | Dub | Percussion Collective, our music spans a wide palette that reflects the many nationalities of W.I.S.O that includes Argentinian, Maori, British, American, Australian and more, all of whom call the lush bohemian setting of Waiheke Island home - post code 1081.
Recorded and tracked on the island at the local Eco Village, we picked the community hall with producer, Nick Abbott because of its local reputation for amazing acoustics. The hall itself is made from adobe mud brick and with a high ceiling proved a rewarding sonic experience for us all, with Abbott bringing his full arsenal of recording studio on site.
Stay tuned for more exciting tracks from the sessions over the Summer of 2018 and beyond.
W.I.S.O. is the electronic brainchild of Lee Catlin and Solomon Cole, who along with close friends on the lush bohemian island of Waiheke, created the entity and groove collective known as The Waiheke International Soul Orchestra.
Fast forward 18 months from their inception and many shows around the country, and they are now known as W.I.S.O.
Catlin and Solomon are the masters at control. Having completed recording sessions with veteran NZ engineer/producer Nick Abbott, W.I.S.O. set about releasing the music that has made up their powerful live show over the last 18 months. "Three Little Words" and "Shank" being the first recorded tasters for the band. Lee Catlin writes intensely from a bedroom full of electronic equipment and banks of effects to craft all the material that W.I.S.O. will release in 2018. His love of 60's soul, two tone and trip-hop, through to drum n bass, electronica and funk create driving soundscapes that Solomon, and co vocalists Dione Denize and Bianca Du Bont can pivot from. From headlining to various support shows the collective have gone from strength to strength, but look to make their biggest impact locally and internationally with the release the "1081 playlist" that is the Abbott sessions this year plus new stage faves "Outta Time", "The Thrill" and drum n bass single "Eyez On Me" (featuring Nikki Ngatai on guest vocals)
The collective look forward to a summer tour across NZ and getting all the music out into the world.
Saturday 11th November 2017 - The Yot Club, Raglan, Waikato
Thursday 28th December 2017 - Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh, Auckland, plus support
Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Okere Falls Strong Beer Festival, Okere Falls Store, Rotorua
Saturday 27th May 2017 - Christchurch Jazz and Blues Festival, Bluesmoke, 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch
Saturday 13th May 2017 - Malone's, Waiheke Island
Saturday 4th March 2017 - The Waiheke Summer Sounds Festival (Headline)
Friday 27th January 2017 - Headland Sculpture On The Gulf, Pavillion, Waiheke Island #hSOTG
Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Station Village, Lower Hutt
Friday 2nd December 2016 - Caroline, Wellington
Thursday 10th November 2016 - The Waiheke Social Club, Artworks, Waiheke Island (Lee Catlin Electronic Set)
Saturday 15th October 2016 - Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island (support from Deep House Brothers)
Sunday 5th June 2016 - Okere Falls Festival (Headline)
Saturday 28th May 2016 - Malone's, Waiheke Island (with support from Deep House Brothers)