Troy Kingi released his debut solo album “Guitar Party At Uncles Bach” in 2016. Recorded in Lyttleton by engineer Ben Edwards, the whole vibe was to record the album live circa Motown/Beatles .
"Sequencing tracks, cutting and pasting these perfect drum loops, cleaning up our recorded imperfections, I feel you lose the human element of the song, you lose the vibe and feel that used to be so strong in 70s soul music" Troy Kingi
The Kerikeri-based actor and musician wears a lot of hats, he's acted in roles such as TK in Taika Waititi's Hunt For The Wilderpeople, and won the APRA Silver Scroll Maioha Award in 2015 for his song with Stan Walker ‘Aotearoa’. Kingi has now unveiled his sophomore album Shake That Skinny Ass All The Way To Zygertron, a sprawling sci-fi soul odyssey inspired by interstellar love, mystic prophesy, and 70s cosmic funk artists Funkadelic. Recorded with his band including fellow vintage synth enthusiast Ed Zuccollo (Trinity Roots), and Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle). Here’s some words on his ideas behind the new record…
“A big inspiration during the writing process was Shuggie Otis's 'Inspiration Information' album from 1974. Just the overall aesthetic of the album - warm, real pleasing to the ear but weird at the same time. This album ' Shake That Skinny Ass All The Way To Zygertron' is a fictional account of two people from different times & dimensions meeting in the cosmos - falling in love and having a child with golden feet - fulfilling an ancient prophesy written in the hieroglyphics of the coming of the messiah…”