The music of Christchurch based power-trio Soulsystem can be described as a fusion of heavy dub, soul and rock. Incorporating a diverse array of layers and ambient effects, and fronted by the powerful and unique voice of lead singer Tumanako Tinirau, the band creates a huge sound and delivers a high-energy live show that has earned Soulsystem dedicated supporters throughout New Zealand, performances alongside some of the country’s top artists, and slots at a series of major festivals.
Soulsystem’s debut recording, the Rise EP, was released in 2008 shortly after the formation of the band. The Rise EP showcases a collection of the Soulsystem’s earliest works, documenting the pure and simple fusion of dub and soul that formed the original basis of their now unmistakable live sound. Tracks from the Rise EP have received regular nationwide airplay since their release, and have appeared on compilations and the soundtracks of home-grown ski and snowboard films.
Soulsystem returned to the Studio in 2010 and recorded tracks for their first album, prior to the project being sidelined by the events of 2011 in Christchurch, and two members of the band relocating overseas. Soulsystem has since reformed with the arrival of multi-talented drummer and vocalist Henare Kaa, and work on the album has recommenced.
As the first offering from the album sessions, Soulsystem recently released their new single ‘Power Of Will’, available digitally and on CD. The single features the title track, a bonus studio track ‘Keep It Down’, and a live recording of ‘Amazed’ expertly captured by recording engineer Ian McAllister at the original Bedford concert venue in 2010.