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Reviewed by Felix Mpunga

Rubita: Brutal Yet Dulce Soap EP

Reviewed by Felix Mpunga

Rubita: Brutal Yet Dulce Soap EP

Slip into singer/songwriter Rachel Kibblewhite aka Rubita’s ‘Brutal Yet Dulce Soap’ and slip away from the confines of NZ. Sober Kisses starts you off on a remote island with a drink of your choice. A modern day version of The Girl From Ipanema the tropicalia vibes will sweep you off your feet. Produced and engineered by Hamilton native Scott Newth, Black Underwear is an enticing number as you might expect from the title. The general motif of which is spoken through the lyrics “Don’t you wanna come home with me, don’t you wanna see what you’re missing out on?” Alex Sipahioglu provides bass on this modern groove track whilst a rock groove comes in to tie up a catchy chorus as the saxophone lick by Luke Kibblewhite carries the melody. Milky Moon is a dreamy number with blues and jazz chords played over an acoustic guitar whilst Rubita’s voice takes command over stripped back drums. Why is propelled by an a capella intro as Rubita’s voice shines through falsetto. Seth Clement plays the drums with a mesmerising swing giving the track energy and bounce. This is a CD you’ll want to put on after a long hard day and sip a mojito to, or better yet dance a cha cha step to its soft yet poppy jazz vibes. At four tracks deep the EP is short yet ‘dulce’ (sweet) and definitely demands repeated plays.