After capturing Aotearoa New Zealand’s imagination in the late 2000s as part of breakout rap group Homebrew, pushing the boundaries with the psychedelic hip-hop soul of @Peace, and bringing back the bounce with boogie ensemble Average Rap Band, Auckland rapper/musician Tom Scott went deep and internal. The result was “Avantdale Bowling Club,” an album, band and concept he dreamt up with a who’s who of elite New Zealand jazz, soul, funk, rap and beats musicians and vocalists.
Turning a lifetime of experiences and perspectives into songs, he rapped his ass off with earnest, honest vigour, while the band played their asses off as well, utterly scorching the groove.
Despite the niche position it occupies outside of Aotearoa New Zealand, “Avantdale Bowling Club” deserved a place alongside the numerous US and UK jazz revivalists who’ve made their mark on the global underground in recent years.
♪♫ Listen: “Years Gone By” + album stream
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