We also recently received Benny Tones 12" release on Wonderful Noise (Japan), available here
And if you’re in the UK or Europe this summer see Benny Tones at:
23.6.11 – The Pussy Parlure at Glastonbury, UK
26.6.11– The Pussy Parlure at Glastonbury, UK
15.7.11 – The Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
4.8.11 – Stadtmusik Festival, Basel, Switzerland
Benny Tones Bio:
Fondly considered as the 4th member of Wellington future soul band Electric Wire Hustle you may have already witnessed some of the audio magic of Benny Tones without realizing it.
As Electric Wire Hustle’s Sound Tech Benny has been responsible for mixing EWH’s live sound since their very first performance and having set up his own studio in Wellington – Organik Muzik Workz – also recorded and mixed the groups debut album.
As well as having chief responsibility for mixing EWH’s live and studio sound Benny is also a full time Studio Audio engineer and has also engineered for such acts as Pacific Heights, Sola Rosa, Julien Dyne, Iva Lamkum and Hollie Smith.
Alongside being a highly regarded Sound Engineer Benny is also a producer in his own right and his solo full length album ‘Chrysalis’ is available on Every Waking Hour in New Zealand and BBE (UK) internationally.
‘Chrysalis’ represents Benny Tone’s re-introduction as a producer and features a diverse host of vocal and instrumental collaborators including Electric Wire Hustle’s Mara TK, Taay Ninh & Myele Manzanza, Joe Dukie, LP, LA’s Shihan The Poet, Adi Dick and Sacha Vee . Set against exquisite production which is the result of hundreds of hours clocked up in the studio and perhaps an upbringing in the beautiful area of Golden Bay.
Benny Tones steps out this month with the video release of the title track from his album 'Chrysalis'.
'Chrysalis' featuring vocalist Sacha Vee is also the first single to be released by UK label BBE who have picked it up for international release February 28 ahead of the worldwide release of the full length album in April.
Accompanying this single is a striking music video, directed by young Wellington talent Jessica Sanderson and captured by Auckland-based Director of Photography Tammy Williams. Filmed on the streets of Wellington, the video showcases the skills of an all volunteer crew and cast of emerging
actors and dancers.
"The concept came from my fascination with transformation and magic in film. This is a curiosity both Benny and I shared, and it's inherent in the track and album name, "Chrysalis". As artists, we also hoped the video would present a lighthearted question to the viewer about how we appreciate
beauty and creativity around us." - Jessica Sanderson
The 15th release from Wonderful Noise is a great Nu Soul/Hip Hop EP by New Zealand producer Benny Tones.
Benny Tones is well known as key sound engineer of Electric Wire Hustle. This is the 4TRK EP from his album 'Chrysalis' and is a 300pcs limited pressing.
A-Side features vocalist Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle.
"Never Mind" is a smokey and moody soul track. On the 6/8 drums groove, with Mara TK's silky vocals and warm brass section like that of Fat Freddy's Drop.
"Fire Fly"is a laid back mellow soul track. Features clap beats with jazz drumming attack, mellow key chords delivers a deep and mellow vibe.
B-Side features two vocalists from New Zealand's Nu Soul Scene.
"Odyssey" featured female vocalist Lisa Preston. On the cosmic -boogie style with key and synth works, LP delivers a laid back and smooth vocal.
"The Centre" features another vocalist Adi Dick. He delivers a fantastic electric soul feel similar to the likes of Steve Spacek with dope beats & groove.
Benny Tones album Chrysalis is available on CD here
Benny Tones is a Wellington based producer, DJ and Audio Engineer.He is the official Sound Tech for future soul band Electric Wire Hustle and has also set up his own professional audio engineering facility in Wellington - Organik Muzik Workz â€“ ww.omw.co.nz where he has recorded and engineered for artists such as Pacific Heights, Solaa, Julien Dyne, Iva Lamkum, Harbour City Electric, Module and of course Electric Wire Hustle among others.
Bennyâ€™s solo album â€˜Chrysalisâ€™ will be released on Every Waking Hour Records in NZ in May 2010 . It s the product of 4 and a half years work and serves as Bennyâ€™s reintroduction to the world as a producer and beat maker. The album features a diverse host of vocal and instrumental collaborators including Electric Wire Hustleâ€™s Mara TK, Taay Ninh and Myele Manznaza, Fat Freddy's front man Joe Dukie, Shapeshifterâ€™s Devin Abrams & Sam Trevethick, Rio Hemopo, Isaac Aesili, LAâ€™s Shihan The Poet, Adi Dick and many more.