Tunes of I, a psychedelic dub rock 7-piece out of Wellington, NZ, dropped their new EP Wicked Ways on November 17th, 2017. Ahead of the upcoming release, Tunes of I have put out two killer singles “Kiss the Sky” and “Running” as a preview of what’s to come. Recorded at Wellington’s Surgery Studios, Wicked Ways was produced by the so-called doctor, Lee Prebble.
Coming out of the reggae-rich country of New Zealand, the hype around Tunes of I has been steadily increasing during their 6 years together as a band. Tunes of I spent the last 18 months touring in support of their debut album Restless, which features blazers like the title track “Restless” and “Solar Rays.” In 2012, Tunes of I was named Emerging Artist of the Year at New Zealand’s Waiata Maori Music Awards. The group has played support for legendary acts like UB40 and The Wailers, as well as the enormously popular Australian, psychedelic reggae rock bands Sticky Fingers and Ocean Alley. Tunes of I is formed by Conway Jeune (vocals/guitar), Jules Blewman (guitar), Makura Tomoana (bass), Luther Hunt (drums), Michael Costeloe (trumpet), Bryn van Vliet (saxophone), Kaito Walley (trombone).
Tunes of I bring a fresh blend of dub, soul, and psychedelic reggae to the table. You’ll hear some influence from fellow Wellington natives Fat Freddy’s Drop on songs like “Restless” and “Solar Rays,” and then on their recent single “Kiss the Sky” there are glimpses of Sticky Fingers-esque lyrics, but the music is always captivating and original.
Be sure to give the EP Wicked Ways a listen and find them on digital platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.Currently, Tunes of I only has performances scheduled in New Zealand, but hopefully the boys will make it out Stateside soon enough.
Wicked Ways EP – ‘Wicked Ways’ Teaser
Tunes of I – “Solar Rays” (Live)