Prepare yourself for the arrival of Ghetto Sunrise, an act that promises to rearrange the face of our electronic music scene. On this self-titled debut album they step away from their dubwise, dancehall roots and push into new territory. Here they have taken the driving ecstasy of modern electronic music and anchored it with the visceral power of a heavy metal rhythm section. It is a daring blend of the digital and the analogue, the organic and the mechanical. Even within this realm they flit between styles and moods at the drop of a hat.
The album largely revolves largely around band leader Joel C Blood, who not only handles lead vocal and guitar duties, but also wrote the songs, the lyrics and produced this record. His collaborators are more than up the task, notably guest vocalist Emma Petera who adds a soulful sheen to standout tracks Lost and Higher. The combination of guitars and beats will inevitably invite comparisons to Pendulum and Prodigy – none of which is a bad thing. This is a bold first album that wades into a new era of NZ drum and bass.