6 Dec 2018

VIDEO PREMIERE: 'Look Up' by Sorrento ft. Troy Kingi

From RNZ Music, 7:55 am on 6 December 2018

Marika Hodgson is one of Aotearoa's most talented bass players. She's worked with the likes of Hollie Smith, Nathan Haines, Moana & The Tribe and Estere. 'Look up' is the first single from her new collaborative project Sorrento.

'Look Up' is the work of one of New Zealand’s most renowned bass-players Marika Hodgson, who's branching out with her own collaborative project, Sorrento.

It features vocals from Troy Kingi who won Best Soul and R&B Artist and Best Māori Artist at the 2018 NZ Music Awards. 

'Look Up' channels 70s funk, fused with modern synthpop and was inspired by acts such as Parliament and Earth Wind & Fire.

“I grew up on old-school funk and I love so many aspects of that style: the melodic and syncopated bass lines, the organic tones, the brave and quirky musicianship, the harmony, the importance of [backup vocals]” says Sorrento.
“‘Look Up’ is meant to sound like a party, full of energy, improvised and imperfect. Most of all, it’s meant to make you move.”

Recorded live and improvised, ‘Look Up’ was mixed by Andy Lovegrove of Breaks Co-op who also features on backup vocals. The drums were engineered by Lord Echo aka Mike Fabulous.

As a bass player, Sorrento has worked with everyone from Hollie Smith, Teeks, Troy Kingi and Nathan Haines to Theia, Homebrew, Sons of Zion, Deva Mahal, Louis Baker, Alae, Moana & The Tribe and Estere.

She's also played on some of the biggest stages in the world, including Glastonbury, Sziget to Bluesfest, and pretty much every NZ festival you’ve ever been to.

Currently, Sorrento is preparing to deliver more her own tunes, made with an all-star line-up or collaborators, so stay tuned.

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