New Zealand's Electric Wire Hustle further explores the crossroads of electronic and organic sounds on its third album, The 11th Sky. Describing the project as "David Lynch meets Motown," Mara TK layers soulful vocals over ambient, bass-heavy beats, with gentle strings and piano melodies contributing to the atmospheric vibe of the full length. What stands out about the LP is that none of the songs, while very accessible, are over produced. The duo has carved out a forward sound that also pays tribute to older soul and r&b, which is not always easy. Highlights include: "Troublemakers," "Go Slow," "March - Deva Mahal," and "I Light a Candle."
- music label: Bastard Jazz 2016