Nesian Mystik is the explosive success story in New Zealand music, achieving 3 top ten albums and 13 top ten singles.
Their backgrounds unite a remarkable diversity of Polynesia in bringing together Maori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Island ancestry becoming one of the biggest names in New Zealand music.
The November 2002 release of their debut album “Polysaturated” burst into the album chart at #1 and by the end of June was still in the top 10 and certified 4 x Platinum. Critics united with fans in hailing the album as a landmark debut release by a New Zealand group.
May 2006 saw the return of Nesian Mystik with their sophomore album “Freshmen”. They describe “Freshmen” as a feel good album, drawing influences from Old Skool, Soul, Funk, R’N’B and Hip Hop.
May 2008 once again saw the return of Nesian Mystik with the single “Nesian 101” which became their biggest song to date, reaching pole position (#1). They released their third album “Elevator Musiq” on October 2008.
Their lyrical themes are conscious and proud. They sing about what’s close to them, drawing on their cultures and families for inspiration, as well as the timeless topic of going out and having fun as well as their humorous take on hip-hop culture.
The musical direction behind “Del Rey System” is to produce an eclectic mix of styles within the parameters of the electronic music world. This award-winning album takes you on a journey from jazzy Hip Hop to Garage to House and Latin infused flavours. In the driving seat and the force behind “Del Rey System’ is Dean Godward aka ‘Cuba’ who’s other incarnations have been as one half of drum & bass duo “Cuba & Gizmo”, drummer and percussionist in various musical entities and producing and engineering for artists such as “King Kapisi” and “Nesian Mystik”. In the making of the “Del Rey System” album, Cuba collaborates with some of New Zealand’s finest talent; Dallas Tamaira of “Fat Freddys Drop”, Teremoana Rapley, Godfrey De Grut, Nathan Haines, Manuel Bundy, Imon Star, Sandy Mills, Isaac Tucker, David Atai as well as international artists New York rapper Finster (D.J Krush) and Japan’s D.J Yoichi and more. Del Rey System was awarded the “Tui” for “Best Electronica Album” at the New Zealand Music Awards.
Cuba and Gizmo first collaborated with the desire in mind to create their own flavour of drum'n'bass. Having both worked as live percussionists in New Zealand's local music scene and with their skills and previous studio experiences they taught themselves the intricate task of programming drum'n'bass beats. Trans Pacific Express kicks off with the remix 'Kapisi Madness', a jump up jungle track with steppy beats and jazzy undertones which are enhanced by vocals from the talented King Kapisi. Demonstrating the diversity of Cuba and Gizmo, 'Sin Again' rerub has a harder feel but retains an ambient atmosphere with the vocal snippets of Fiona McDonald. All in all the 46 minutes of Trans Pacific Express include seven tracks of notably different styles in a drum'n'bass flavour blending touches of hard step combined with jazz, funk grooves in a completely unique local fashion.
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