Oakley Grenell ft. Raiza Biza & Iva Lamkum

February 18, 2015

Canterbury born producer and guitarist Oakley Grenell has teamed up with two of New Zealand's most in demand rappers and female vocalists to bring you 'We On It Now' video, taken from his 11th independent Central Records released album, 'The Deep'.

Raiza Biza is a shining member of AmmoNation and the YGB collective, releasing a slew of free albums and extensively touring NZ over the past 2 years. Iva Lakum has toured her latest album 'Black Eagle' through Europe and Australasia, here featuring on the chorus of 'We On It Now', a undeniable 'boom bap' old school throwback hip hop tune

For twelve years, Grenell’s been steadily releasing projects under his own Central Records and heading up bands that include The Otautahi Allstars, Departure Lounge, The Eskimo Squad and his former production moniker OG. Now simply known as Oakley Grenell, his latest production effort sees him solidify his production style with his most confident and personal album to date.

Stripped back, slow burning Pacific soul with flourishes of hip hop, The Deep combines Oakley's production with live instrumentation. He takes up guitar duties alongside some of his favourite Christchurch instrumentalists including brother Redford Grenell on drums - recorded at the family farm in Whitecliffs - and guest keys from NZ's own maestro expat Mark de Clive-Lowe.

Featured guests on this album reads something like a producer's wishlist; with a strong line-up of local and international talents, including vocalists Mark Vanilau, Iva Lamkum, Lisa Tomlins, MCs KPz & Stauny (Sunshine Soundsystem), JDubs, Raiza Biza, Charmed 1 and USA based MCs Cazeaux O.S.L.O, John Robinson & Ohmega Watts. The Deep album was mixed by The Nomad and mastered in LA by Dave Cooley (J Dilla / Stones Throw).

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Huge thanks to NZ On Air for their ongoing support

Video by Britten Motion Pictures

Music by O.Grenell, Words by R.Ruzibiza and I.Lamkum

Mark de Clive-Lowe: Organ solo

O.Grenell: Production, Acoustic Guitar, Keys.