CuriositiesBastard Jazz is proud to present the sophomore album Curiosities by New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Lord Echo aka Mike Fabs.Fabs, known worldwide for his production work with NZ s biggest Reggae export The Black Seeds, drew a groundswell of excitement around his debut solo album Melodies in late 2010. The independent release became a cult classic strictly through word-of-mouth, championed by tastemakers like Gilles Peterson (who played it repeatedly on his BBC Radio 1 show), Oliver Wang (Soulsides) and Richard Dorfmeister. Re-issues of the album soon followed in Japan and Europe, with vinyl copies quickly becoming a hot commodity among discerning collectors around the globe. Echo was introduced to Bastard Jazz s DJ DRM in 2011 (via Detroit producer Recloose), and a limited 7 vinyl release on the Brooklyn-based label soon followed in 2012. Curiosities picks up right where Melodies left off, with sun-drenched psychedelic dub sounds ( Bohemian Idol ) and jerky funk vibes ( Digital Haircut , Street Knowledge ). The album provides a wealth of dancefloor fodder, with forward thinking 70s-inspired disco tunes such as Molten Lava (featuring the soaring vocals of Leila Adu), as well as analog Afro-infused burners like What Is That Feeling and Put It In My Head (complemented by the golden-voiced Mara TK of Electric Wire Hustle fame). Down-home Spiritual jazz/electronic meanderings (""Ghost Hands"", Arabesque ) provide a counterpoint to Echo"s driving cover-version of the Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas classic The Creator Has a Master Plan . Echo"s inspiring take on the classic track is uplifted by the soulful singing of Lisa Tomlins(who"s notable vocals on Echo s version of Sister Sledge s Thinking Of You helped make that track a standout on his Melodies album).A diverse, yet grounded LP chock full of head-turning sounds, Curiosities further pushes Lord Echo s repertoire into the realm of the inimitable, and is sure to pique the interest of discerning music lovers from down-under to the big apple. "