This Saturday Isaac Aesili & Rachel Fraser will perform outside Conch Records (115A Ponsonby Rd), from 12noon. The DJ/Live Vocal set will feature songs from their upcoming release "Chequered Thoughts" out on the 24th of October.
Funkcommunity’s Isaac Aesili and Rachel Fraser are no strangers to the NZ Music Scene. Having played, toured and collaborated with some of the country’s top artists, the prolific pair now join forces to create Chequered Thoughts, a forward-thinking album of future soul music.
It’s a collaboration that has been years in the making. Having first worked together on a song called ‘I’m All In’ from Isaac’s debut solo album ‘Eye See’, Isaac and Rachel’s powerful dynamic is finally realized in their debut release.
An accomplished vocalist and songwriter, Rachel Fraser’s voice is reminiscent of old school jazz, soul and funk styles infused with contemporary R&B. A lady of many credentials, Rachel first gained international attention with Recloose track, 'Catch a Leaf', and has since been busy performing with bands such as Sola Rosa and Recloose Live.
Isaac also brings a string of credentials to the band. Over the past decade, Isaac has been an integral part of many Kiwi acts Solaa, Opensouls, Recloose Live and Eru Dangerspiel and has toured as a guest musician with iconic New Zealand bands Trinity Roots and Shapeshifter.
He’s also co-written songs with Aaradhna, Ladi6, Hollie Smith, Mara TK and Julien Dyne and his session work includes recording for House of Shem, Homebrew, Anika Moa, Mt Eden and Crowded House.
Chequered Thoughts is set for release October 24 and will be available from all good record stores.
Up and coming Funkommunity Shows:
September 30th in Freyberg Square on High St - 3pm
October 15th @ Ponsonby Social Club - 5:30pm
October 29th Chequered Thoughts Album Release Party @ 1885
November 11th Support for Onra
December 31st @ Leigh Saw Mill