Funkommunity'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 their debut album Chequered Thoughts, due for release Monday 24 October.
A forward-thinking album of future soul music, Funkommunity's smooth stylings create a sunny-side up album, perfect for the ensuing summer.
The pair's powerful dynamic is finally realized on their debut release. Having first worked together on a song called I'm All In from Isaac Aesili's debut solo album Eye See, Isaac and Rachel's musical chemistry and illustrious backgrounds finally come to full fruition on Chequered Thoughts.
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 Aesili also brings a wealth of experience to the band. Over the past decade, Isaac has been an integral part of many Kiwi acts - Solaa, Opensouls, Recloose Live and Eru Dangerspiel - plus has toured as a guest musician with iconic New Zealand bands TrinityRoots and Shapeshifter.
Chequered Thoughts is set for release Monday 24 October.
In celebration of the release, Funkommunity will hit the live circuit for the following shows.
Friday 30 September
Freyberg Square on High St, Auckland
Saturday 15 October
Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland
Saturday 29 October
Album Release Show, 1885, Auckland
Saturday 31 December
Leigh Sawmill, Leigh