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Reviewed by Maggie Tweedie

Angelo King: Kats & Doggs

Reviewed by Maggie Tweedie

Angelo King: Kats & Doggs

Angelo King ’s second solo album follows a clear path of self-determination. Recorded by Abraham Kunin and Beau Jefferies the 13 tracks on ‘Kats & Doggs’ feature an all-star line up of Esther Stephens, Junelle and Ash Broke. Jefferies also co-produced, mixed and mastered the album that follows the bracket of alternative hip hop/soul. This album is a personal ode from King, showing him off as a message-driven lyrical genius. Parihaka delivers a strong argument for both Maori and indigenous people globally. Infinity is a soft, sensual track that explores the art of falling in love. Under the delightful and crisp production of Jono Das, Junelle’s voice melts butter. Playfully disguised by its throw away title, Pussy and Friends is a heartfelt, heavier track that speaks of King’s personal experiences. Brotherhood, broken friendships and suicide are all cryptic undertones of this track. The album paints a relevant picture of the NZ media landscape over the past year, King’s lyrics including a current exploration of the TPPA, the flag debate and many other conflicting discussions regarding governmental decisions. “Are you a Kat or are you a Dogg?” • Maggie Tweedie