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Coco Solid Announces Nationwide Tour

Coco Solid Announces Nationwide Tour

Thursday 9th June, 2011 12:36PM

Coco Solid is heading out on a nationwide tour of the country later this month in celebration of a new mixtape she is releasing titled Pacific Rims. The mixtape, actually being release on cassette tape, features unreleased material as well as new collaborations with the likes of Disasteradio, Unitone Hi-Fi and some old friends from her time at the Red Bull Academy.

Here are the dates...

Wed June 29th, Static Bar - Hamilton feat. Doteyes & Frankie
Fri July 1st, Space Monster - Wanganui feat. Redback Villian & Caves
Sat July 2nd, San Francisco Bath House - Wellington feat. Thought Creature, K-Lab & DJ Han Baby
Thurs July 7th, Sub Culture - Queenstown
Fri 8th July, XII Below - Dunedin feat. Manthyng & Mental Health Triangle
Thurs July 14th, Rising Sun - Auckland

Tickets for Auckland and Wellington are on sale now from here at UTR and all presales come with a digital download of the mixtape prior to the show.

Press Release:

COCO SOLID GOES ANALOGUE FOR MIXTAPE

The lost art of the cassette tape is enjoying a resurgence thanks to New Zealand rapper Coco Solid, who will release her new mixtape on cassette later this month while on a nationwide tour.

The mixtape, titled ‘Pacific Rims’, is a twelve-track release featuring previously unreleased material and new tracks by long time Coco Solid collaborators from Czech Republic, Portugal, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the UK and New Zealand.

Pacific Rims features musicians close to home, such as Wellington’s Disasteradio, Auckland outifit Unitone Hi-Fi, local producers Jizmatron, Scott Detail and Coco’s vocalist sister Hayley J. Hansell. The tape also features many international friends Coco made while attending the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona back in 2008. Says Solid, “I chose specifiic collaborators. Online mixtapes are punk in approach when you think about it but Pacific Rims is hip-hop/electronica angled too. So I asked people who understood that combination.”

The mixtape is essentially a diary entry of Solid’s creative process over the years. She continues her academy connection and has mixed the tape at Auckland’s Red Bull Studios. “It documents jams and eras of my past but also celebrates the movement forward. That’s the Pacific thing too, honour tradition but shout-out to change, your evolution. Some tracks are unreleased, some were made especially and some were just wanting to be in the mix.”

Her decision to release the mixtape in its intended medium – cassette tape – was always the agenda. “Tapes are due a revival and people are appreciating them again”, she says. ”Just like vinyl has its junkies, there is a group of people – myself included – who never came to terms with the cassette age ending.”

Punters to any of Solid’s New Zealand dates can get one of the limited edition run of 400 hand packaged and lovingly crafted cassette tapes. Door entry will also include a download link for everyone wanting to get it digitally. Following the tour Solid will make the mixtape available as a free download on www.cocosolid.com.

In true mixtape style, Solid will perform a mix of the release, as well as tracks from side projects Parallel Dance Ensemble and Badd Energy during her live shows later this month. Says Solid, “It'll just be me vs. the sound system.”

COCO SOLID – PACIFIC RIMS TOUR DATES

HAMILTON – Wed June 29th, Static Bar feat. Doteyes & Frankie. 9pm $10 Door sales only.
WHANGANUI – Fri July 1st, Space Monster feat. Redback Villian & Caves. 10pm $10 Door sales only.
WELLINGTON – Sat July 2nd, San Francisco Bath House feat. Thought Creature, K-Lab & DJ Han Baby. 10pm $15 Tickets from www.undertheradar.co.nz & on the door.
QUEENSTOWN – Thurs July 7th, Sub Culture feat. local support. 9pm $10 Door sales only.
DUNEDIN – Fri 8th July, XII Below feat. Manthyng & Mental Health Triangle 10pm. $10 w/ 91CARD or $15 without.
AUCKLAND – Thurs July 14th, Rising Sun feat. local support. 10pm. $15. Tickets from www.undertheradar.co.nz & on the door.


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Wed 29th Jun
Static, Hamilton
Fri 1st Jul
Space Monster, Whanganui
Sat 2nd Jul
The San Francisco Bath House, Wellington
Thu 7th Jul
Subculture, Queenstown
Fri 8th Jul
12 Below, Dunedin
Thu 14th Jul
Rising Sun, Auckland