“Sorceress has a futuristically classic sound, with their distinctive blend of funky drum rhythms, soulful synthesizers and Fraser’s sassy vocals…
All of the elements that make up Chequered Thoughts [Sorceress debut album], are stellar, but at the core is the soulfully infectious voice of Rachel Fraser” – Okayplayer
“Funk, Dance Music, Afro-Beat and much more. Through that high-energy mix, the follow-up project of Funkommunity, caught the audience’s attention from the first minute. Diversified songs, great musicians. You can only hope that Sorceress will be seen more often in Germany. From our view, an absolute must see.” – Thomas “Telico” Helbig Festivalhopper Magazine – TFF Rudolstadt
“My car runs on Sorceress. Really digging it.” – DJ Fitchie of Fat Freddy’s Drop
Album Dose nominated for best electronic album at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards. Third Sorceress album scheduled for release mid 2017.
Recent live appearances:
Jazz Cafe, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Festival UK 2016, New Zealand International Festival Feb 2016 , TFF Rudolstadt Festival 2015 Germany, Strawberry Fields Australia 2015, Radio Nova live event to .5 million listeners France 2015, Splore New Zealand 2014.
Live band (4 people), and Sound System (2 people) show.
4 Band, 1 Sound Tech, 1 TM.
Sorceress (formerly Funkommunity) was founded in 2011 by vocalist Rachel Fraser and producer Isaac Aesili. From humble beginnings Sorceress quickly evolved into one of the most widely respected Soul Electronica acts in New Zealand (nominated as finalists for Best Electronica Album at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards). Their debut album ‘Chequered Thoughts’ was released in 2012 to worldwide acclaim leading Sorceress to tour Europe and Japan. In 2013, expanding on their outstanding debut Sorceress explored new directions in soul electronica, making further studio excursions into synth based jazz textures, deep subterranean basslines and the soulful vocals of Rachel Fraser. Their new album ‘Dose’ was released worldwide in 2014 by New York based Wonderwheel Recordings. Sorceress have a new 4 piece band format including drummer Myele Manzanza and bass player Marika Hodgson. In 2015 Sorceress have been busy touring throughout Australasia and Europe taking their unique style of South Pacific electronic soul to the Northern hemisphere.
EPK: Sorceress EPK 2015
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