Last month we were treated to the long awaited release of Kiwi duo Electric Wire Hustle‘s sophomore album Love Will Prevail. If you have an appetite for psychedelic Soul, R&B and Electronic beats harmoniously entwined then no doubt their latest offering will prevail as a top contender for your favourite album this year. A four-year hiatus has ensured the New-Zealand outfit have much to draw from in terms of inspiration, an essential component when following their globally lauded 2009 debut which had UK tastemaker Gilles Peterson and KCRW’s Anthony Valadez (among others) citing it as their favourite record of the year.
Since their own tracks are often vital ingredients when we’re creating our Monday Morning Mixtapes to gently lull you into a new week, we thought it would be fitting to get the guys to curate their own Monday Morning Mixtape this week packed full of chill-out flavours to help you start your day. We caught up with EWH for a little chat too which you can check out below.
1. The Panties – Mos Def
2. better in tune w the infinite ft. LaTonya Givens – ℒℴѵℯJ∆¥ ÆLECT®ΩNIC∆
3. Coronus, The Terminator – Flying Lotus
4. Deeper – Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
5. Glorious – Sa-Ra Creative Partners
6. 1000 Deaths – D’Angelo
7. J-Dilla – Two Can Win
8. Seeds – Georgia Anne Muldrow
9. Astray – Bilal
10. me deixa – joao donato quem e quem
11. LATELY – HBxFLYLO
12. Look In The Sky – Electric Wire Hustle
13. FOREVER LASTING NIGHT – Kaytranada
14. Life Round Here – James Blake
15. Come Thru – Drake (James Blake Remix)
16. Higher (feat. Raury) – SBTRKT
17. Bottom Line – Electric Wire Hustle
18. By & Bye – Electric Wire Hustle
Hey guys. How are you doing and what have you been up to recently?
We’ve been pushing this new record day and night man! Touring, media, trying to make good video content, hanging out with family etc…
How much do you think your sound reflects your New Zealand base? What for you is unique about your homeland and what local artists should we be listening to?
We may end up being on of those regions where there’s an immediately recognizable style and EWH are probably adding to that, I don’t know. Check out Orchestra of Spheres, Wild Bill Ricketts, Julien Dyne, James Duncan, Conan Mockasin, Trinity Roots, Glass Vaults…
Love Can Prevail marks the end of a four-year hiatus. What were you guys up to during that time and how did it influence the album?
We were making babies…lil future beat makers! We’ve also been producing records for other NZ based artists including Hollie Smith and Ria Hall. I’ve been gardening too…
If your listeners were to take a message away from the album, what do you hope it would be?
Don’t fuck the world up. Ring your mother. You know, that kinda thing.
What have been your favourite cities and gigs whilst on tour for the new album?
We toured the US recently doing album release shows, made it Miami for the first time, that city is dope – you’ll need to brush up on your Spanish.
We’re digging the remix Trinidad-Senolia did of “The Spirit” and Flako’s remix of “Bottom Line”. How did these come about and who else would you like to remix your music?
Garth Trinidad has pushed our music through his show on KCRW in the States a lot and Flako has been a contemporary of ours for a minute now, we met him in Amsterdam a while back and were on the same wavelength…
We hear there’s an official remix EP incoming. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
There’s a few more remixes to come out still, which we are super excited about man, we’ve been blessed by some serious cats on the remixes front.
Could you tell us a bit about the mix you made for us? What was the idea behind it, and could you tell us some standout tracks?
It’s kind of what we’ve been feeling the most over the last year or so, there’s a few tracks older than that and a couple straight from the press. It’s what I would play to get me in the zone like “you gotta aim to make shit that is this good”…
After the tour, what’s on the horizon for EWH?
We’re working on new music right now and I think it’s the best thing we’ve done yet, super minimal which is always something we’ve wanted to do (but never achieved!)
What has been your proudest moment of your musical career?
Telling my mother that we made it into the New York Times that was dope.