Low and Behold, High and Beyond

by Sola Rosa

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4/5 “Low And Behold is fresh and funky”
- NZ Herald (Aug 17, 2012)

8/10 "An album full of variation and one that’ll be hard to tire of"
- Tondeaf.com (Aug, 2012)

“..this album is so infused with groove that it is near impossible not to break in to a strut”
- Kia Ora Magazine (Sept, 2012)

“..blooms with sensuality and sass”
- Rolling Stone Magazine (Aug 2012)

Low and Behold High and Beyond Selected for 2012’s Finest releases
- Super Superb Magazine

“..a great album is just short of legendary status! It’s an accomplished, well executed slice of South Pacifican Downbeat Soul, well worth a look.”
- theorangepress.net - (Aug, 2012)

“Their most recent album, Low and Behold, High and Beyond, is a perfect example of their sheer awesomeness”
- sunsetintherearview.com (Sept 2012)

“WELL WORTH the purchase”
- www.kevinnottingham.com (Aug, 2012)

“Low and Behold, High and Beyond has shown that Sola Rosa can continue to make albums that stand out from the crowd, and has set a new standard for them”.
www.muzic.net.nz (Aug, 2012)

“The record oozes feel”
- NZ Musician (Oct/Nov 2012)

4/5 This band truly makes me feel proud to be a Kiwi. Moving away from the trademark reggae influences of previous albums, this latest offering combines a fresh and unique sound. This album can't be compared to anything else - influences, sure. But this one is all ours.
- nz.entertainment.yahoo.com (Aug, 2012)

credits

released 10 August 2012

All live tracking recorded at SRHQ - Auckland, Montage Studio - Auckland NZ. Strings recorded at Native Audio - Auckland NZ.
Recording engineers – Tom Miskin, Nic Manders, Greg Junovich, Kenny MacDonald
Mixed by Yaron Fuchs at Hit Focus Studios - NYC, USA
Mastered by Ricardo Gutierrez at Stadium Red - NYC USA

Artwork & layout - Dan Stiles

Management – Janette Searle

Love, respect and thanks to everyone involved in the making of this record, especially…

Jane Andrews, Janette Searle, the Sola Rosa band and crew, Tom Miskin, Scott Towers, L.A. Mitchell, Lorraine Barry, Victoria Kelly, Julien Dyne, Mike and Montage Studio, Dave Dobbyn and Dobworld, Creative NZ, Leon Dahl and Auckland Rock Shop, Yaron Fuchs, Kyle Kissen

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Sola Rosa Auckland, New Zealand

From a humble, self-released one man project, Sola Rosa has grown to a high-octane live collective, successfully melding hip hop, reggae, latin, soul and funk. The group have collaborated with artists such as Spikey Tee, Olivier Daysoul and Julien Dyne, while a number of tracks have been remixed by producers as noteworthy as The Nextmen, DJ Vadim, TM Juke and J Star. ... more

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Track Name: Promise Ft. Olivier Daysoul
oh yeah - check it
tryna get back
get back all the promises that you said belonged to me yeah
that's what she said (to me)
did i comply to what she wanted or what she needed no
still i tried to do my best!
get it in the pocket so
i can do it all over again
could it be i did not succeed?
i try to keep it movin' but this keeps on and on in my head

just as long you promise me
to do watcha said
promise x 7
just as long as you promise me
we can do it again
promise x 7

promise that you’ll promise me...

now she knows yeah
knows how feel about it
doesn't wanna gimme the chance to do right by her - no
she would lay with me as if it was all okay but
she's gone before i wake
and were back at zero again... why
what have i got to do?
i tried letters and phone calls
but she ain’t trying ta hear me
i so wanna done with her
and all of this yeah
ooh - oh yeah
i try to keep movin' but this keeps on in my head

[chorus]
Track Name: I'm Not That Guy Ft. Spikey Tee
who got that style? not you
somebody told me you had some kinda style
i know that shit ain't true - c’mon

lies - everything you said was a lie.
and i won't even try - to compete with those lies, no no

you got ta, come clean - if you know what i mean
some of y'all don't even try
throw your hands in my eye yeah - c’mon

oh oh yeah
some say i'm a true player
your on a wing and prayer
some of y'all [adlib]

you don't know my style
run rings around you, several thousand miles yeah
i'm wearing my crown
i'ma chase y'all outta town yeah come on

you don't know my steelo
get down - all rise – c’mon

yeah yeah - yeah yea aahh

won't ya reach out
[adlib]

yeah and i'm on fire
i'm that kinda guy yeah
[adlib]

say you got style? i don't think so

bossman croon in a room and i - gotta sing like al sing-a-ronie
treat you like my sweet tender roni
treat you like some suck macaroni - for leavin me a lonely, yeah
my baby tried to fly - away
but i had to clip her wings that day
comin with a whole lot of lies
i'ma treat your ass like some old french fries - now come on

i'm not that guy - i'm not
been tellin y'all some time
i'm not that guy - been tellin your ass so long now - don't know how many time times i'm gonna tell your ass come on
Track Name: Spinning Top Ft. L.A. Mitchell
let’s create a ruse
you be the joker I’ll be the muse
you can play me baby you can play me
my lady maze, medicine for lunatics or the brave
and I’ll take it baby, cause I’m crazy

my head’s spinning like a spinning top
i’m on the axis
head spinning like a spinning top
and you are the string.

thoughts oscillate
breaking the pace of the day into 1.2.3
cause I’m lonely baby, oh so lonely
the centre of gravity is no longer beneath me
cause you’ve changed me baby yes you’ve changed me

head spinning like a spinning top
i’m on the axis
head spinning like a spinning top
and you are the string
Track Name: Rise (The Machine) Ft. Spikey Tee
we know the system does exist - so we have to find a way to go round it
flex every muscle yeah - cos we have to try a thing to compound it
understand that self belief - is the most crucial component
gives a man the tools he needs - to overcome a difficult opponent
so when he falls to the dirt and crumbles - there will be words spoken in condolence
while the people shall stand in victory reminiscing about those stolen moments
so throw down your arms and come - raise every voice into the sky
let's murder them with love and not some futile battle cry

do nuh rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean
do nuh rise the machine.

if you believe in the words of our prophets - you done know about bigger judgement
so the life them a tek weh fi fuckry star that don't make no sense
ghetto youths ah make each other fallen soldiers when they could be standing as brothers
no one can hear what you really mean as the nails hit the board box cover
so if you find it hard to trust in your heart - just think of what you're making
if there's a choice to live or rest in peace - i know which one i'm taking
so throw down your arms and come raise those voices to the sky
let's murder them with love and not some futile battle cry

do nun rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean
do nuh rise the machine - pause it up and go scrape and clean
nuh rise the machine - blame it on the streets cos they're mean
do nuh rise the machine

one conscious message spoken by millions - babylon can't silence or drown them
kingdoms must rise and dynasties fall - like night must follow the morning
flex every muscle yeah - because a new era's dawning
put sown the strap and go find new tools - you nuh hear the revolution calling
so when they fall the dust and crumble - you can say you played a part
while the people shall stand in victory - with their hands upon their hearts
so throw down your arms and come - keep those voices to the sky
let's murder them with love and rest that futile battle cry

so do nuh rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean
do nuh rise the machine - pause it up and go scrape and clean
don't rise the machine - and blame it on the streets cos they're mean
nuh rise the machine
ad lib x5 rest that battle cry - ad lib x2 - you got to be conscious yeah
do nuh rise the machine and blame it on the streets cos they're mean
do nuh rise the machine and blame it on the streets cos they're mean.
Track Name: Real Life Ft. L.A. Mitchell
she’s worn through, she’s rolled up
like a ball of paper tissue
she’s hell bent she won’t relent
without ambition she’s a statue
saffire soul who gets the goal
without any effort
she returns to be alone
with all her empty treasure

real life
this can’t possibly be
real life

he found a wall inside himself
he couldn’t think of any thing else
this one thought monopolized his mind
brick by brick
one at a time
theres a devil in the dirt
he makes you want what you cant find
dim lights obscure eyes
from what they would desire
the quickness of the strike
the direction of the dart
the surprise inside
when you find another bleeding heart
he could climb a mountain
and she could take a fall
they could lose but still not really lose at all

real life
this can’t possibly be
real life

the start is not the end
is not the tip
is not the point
the common sense approach is just a rule book for the lost
an anchor in the heart
daylight on a chain
thinking the impossible is to blame

real life
this can’t possibly be
real life
Track Name: Wiggle Ft. Olivier Daysoul
girl you are so fine
i'm getting migraines girl
starin' at yo behind
lord i'm hopin' that you by yo'self
wait a sec i think i forgot... you with me tonight
girl i wanna thank you yeah (girl i wanna thank ya)
for choosin' a negro like me to spend all ya time
can i take you out on the strip?
i’m a sit in the club watch ya shake them hips...
show 'em what cha workin' with... why don’t cha?

wiggle for me....

ooh girl you make a brother wanna scream. no lie
your beauty is so devine
body bring a tear to my eye

you - better keep yo hands off that behind
pimp'n that’s mine yeah
i worked hard for her
plan ta keep her for the rest of my life - yeah
jesus i wanna thank you yeah
cause this creation you built is mighty fine
do you mind if i show off for a li'l bit?
i’m a sit i'm the club while ya shake them hips
show 'em what ya workin’ with why don’t cha...
Track Name: In My Dreams Ft. Spikey Tee
you're looking at me - i'm looking at you
we're playing it cool - cos those are the rules
why is it i can't help but feel? you're messing around with me. lady
got no time for games that's just my deal
i'm not trying to be cool - but tell me
did your girls put you up to this?
if it's real and genuine interest- i'm ready to go
maybe somewhere there's a catalyst -
so we don't knock each other back on this
and no story unfolds

in my dreams
uh oh in my dreams
ooh dreams uh oh - in my- in my dreams

everybody knows how much it hurts - when you get cut by love. lady
still we wanna walk that hallowed turf - it's kinda crazy stuff - but tell me
maybe somewhere there's a catalyst
so we don't knock each other back on this
and no story unfolds

in my dreams
uh oh in my dreams
ooh dreams uh oh - in my- in my dreams

so how will it go? well nobody knows
cos friends even foes - are warmed by your glow
why is it i can't help but feel? you're messing around with me. lady
got no time for games that's just my deal
i'm not trying to be cool

uh oh in my dreams
ooh dreams uh oh - in my dreams
Track Name: Loveless Ft. L.A. Mitchell
he’s high fidelity
he’ moves me in ways i can’t repeat
i’m oxygen deprived
green on the edge and red on the inside
i’m so lost in choice
all of it mine with no room for recourse
life through pastel shades, we turn the glittering into beige

it’s all so love less
it’s all so anti everything
we are the love less
so full of love with none to give

piece by piece we fit the myth back in to place
strength to strength we break the mold of discontent
step by step we grow a love to fit the space
left right left we give to grow
we give to grow

i get beyond the anger
i am the zen of rage
here in the god zone of life
we see the stars at night without any light
as i wade for a cause
all of them mine and none of them yours
you bat the eye of truth
we all agree but refuse to move

it’s all so loveless it’s all so anti everything
we are the loveless, so full of love and none to give