New Zealand producer and multi instrumentalist Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabulous) has been flexing his dual-mastery of 60’s production techniques and modern dance floor aesthetics for over a decade now, through a flowing blend of boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Reggae, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms.
Known worldwide for his production work with NZ’s biggest Reggae export The Black Seeds, he 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.
His sophomore album ‘Curiosities’ was released in Nov 2013 by Bastard Jazz (USA), Wonderful Noise (JAPAN), Jakarta (EUROPE) and Economy (NEW ZEALAND) and was once again championed by DJs bloggers and music lovers the world over with big support from KCRW in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone, SPIN, XLR8, Rich Medina, Giles Peterson, DJ Day, Compost Records, Paris DJs among many others.
2014 saw a successful Japanese tour in support of the album with full live band, comprising of some of New Zealand’s hottest international talent – beat master Julian Dyne, Electric Wire Hustle’s Mara TK and Taay Ninh, New York songstress Leila Adu with Isaac Aesili and Lucien Johnson on horn duties. Japan’s biggest music chain HMV has released an exclusive 7” single to celebrate the opening of their Shibuya mega store.