Te Whanganui-a-Tara based artist RUBITA collaborates with Southern Tribe on her song 'Cold South,' the 3rd single released off her debut album 'Distinctive Thrill'.
This moody, alternative-pop song illustrates the journey of navigating through a twisted maze of reward and regret through the catchy guitar riff, gloomy synth pad, crunchy brass tones and glossy keys. Southern Tribe takes the essence of this and drips it in a bit of Zero 7 and Portishead, turning Cold South into a 'Trip Hop' master piece.
Based in Kirikiriroa, Southern Tribe is a downbeat / Triphop solo project from Andrew Newth. He prefers a darker, cinematic sound and loves to layer loops to create interesting repetition and textures in his tracks.
Andrew says "I couldn't resist remixing Rubita's 'Cold South'. The groove of the song, especially the main guitar riff is perfect for a bit of glitchy trip hop treatment. The vocal's languid delivery sits perfectly over the loops."
Since releasing her long awaited debut album last year, Rubita has been enjoying just focusing on writing new material and practising new content with her band. This remix will be the first release since her album, with two new singles on the horizon.
Rubita’s interest in guitar was sparked when she watched the scene in ‘Back to the Future’ where Marty Mcfly blows everyone away with his talent playing an electric guitar. With an unstoppable determination to
be as good, Rubita started guitar lessons, and at age 16 she started song writing.
For her final year of high school Rubita spent the year in Argentina on a school exchange. Engrossed in the passionate Latin culture and music, her music became enriched by these Latin American flavours.
Her musical adventure went to new heights during her music degree at Otago University, where she studied electric guitar and played alongside successful musicians from the likes of ‘Soaked Oats’, ‘The Shambles’ and ‘Earth to Zena’. The student life in Otago inspired many of the songs which feature on the debut album.
Rubita was the first female to graduate with a Bachelor in Music, majoring in electric guitar in 2015.
She gained an abundance of performance skills during university, and soon decided to form 'Rubita' alongside other talented musicians in 2016. The band includes Luke Kibblewhite on Saxophone, Seth Clement on drums and Hon Man on bass, and together they released her first E.P ‘Brutal yet Dulce Soap’ the same year. The E.P was fine-tuned and perfected with the help of well-renowned producer Scott Newth, who has been heavily involved with Rubita's success.
Her much anticipated album 'Distinctive Thrill' was released last year, which was received with sold out shows across the country.
"‘Distinctive Thrill’ was inspired by my years living as a student in the cold southern city of Dunedin, New Zealand. It describes all of the positive and negative thrills we experience as we discover ourselves." - Rubita
Her years of studying music and various influences are evident across Distinctive Thrill, which spans a diverse spectrum of sonic flavours.
Opening with the jazzy fresh ‘Feel Alive’, the album is exciting from the moment the first note hits. From there, her love of Latin music rears its head in title track ‘Distinctive Thrill’ while the likes of ‘Let Me Know’ shows a more stripped-back side of Rubita.
Powerful, energetic and intoxicatingly dynamic, Distinctive Thrill is like a musical degustation that hits all the right notes. - Beat Magazine
Since moving to Wellington Rubita has formed another Rubita Band with amazing local musicians Chris Moses on bass, Josh Brown on drums and Theo Sekeris on keys, flute and the accordion.