Rep FM is proud to present our first Album of the week for 2014. LAYBAQ’S SUMMER GROOVE EP Produced by ANONYMOUZ. Available now on ITUNES, SPOTIFY & AMPLIFIER.
Laybaq aka Mike Taii born and raised in Mangere South Auckland is the first and only recipient for the APO Remix the Orchestra Scholarship (2009), which saw Laybaq work one on one with Mangere based Producer/Artist Anonymouz from November 2009 – November 2010 to develop his talents. Despite the scholarship programme expiring, Laybaq’s attitude and talent caught the attention of Anonymouz aka Matthew Faiumu Salapu who is one of the key figures for the APO Remix the Orchestra programme, and the two continued to work closely together, the result of that is the recently released “LAYBAQ LOUNGIN’ EP” available for free download (see below for applicable sites) or a hard copy through firstname.lastname@example.org Laybaq’s debut single “Mangere Summertime” is a dedication to his love for the area which he has been raised in, Mangere.
SUMMER GROOVE is his latest effort with Anonymouz multitalented God gifted skills on production. The E.P consists of 5 brand new spanking tracks including the latest hit getting a lot of air time on various stations called DON’T STOP THE GROOVE which I find reminiscent of attending youth group in church, you can feel his influences within his G funk flow, its refreshing & to hear the uso has matured & evolved not only as an artist but of someone as youthful with an old soul. The Saxophone gives it, its jazzy Laybaq sexy feel & Doko2 on the hook adds color to a summertime classic. Track 2 ( Summertime vibes ) which features MC ARME definitely adds its sunshine to this anthem with its riff in its full glory with all the instruments in display as an all round team effort, definitely another single.
( Soulfood Sundays )which is track 4 & features Otara’s very own up & comer with a couple of mixtapes under his belt & his own summertime anthem called GOOD DAY from the man himself THA MOVEMENT, He blesses the track with its first verse & adds its fire where the track itself is very flammable, & seeing the boys perform this live at the release saw a very energetic bouncing performance, quite enjoy the interpolation used in the hook from Sisters Underground iconic track ( In the neighbourhood ) with the slight dragged of the word Alllrriiigghhhtttt. Any ethnicity can relate to a Sunday feast even if you’re not Polynesian.
Track 5 is the last of the new tracks featuring #Haff2′s Onetake on the hook with his soothing vocals sure to get the ladies hymning along easily, enjoy the Gangster Boogie sample & the cuts scratched in by all rounder Anonymouz, consistently adding salt & pepper right through the Laybaq stew with all band members adding the stock needed to bring this SUMMER GROOVE EP to its delicious taste of Mangere Laybaq Hip Hop to feed its masses in New Zealand & the WORLD….
The remaining 5 tracks were released earlier with songs like ( Sincerely yours ) with Rosita Vai ( Computer Thugs ) with MR SICC & THA MOVEMENT which is now a hood classic with that Computer Love sample & a couple remixes with ( Feelin is a feelin ) & ( Mangere summertime ) with a classic instrumental of Mangere Summertime to send you on your way pondering on what you have just been blessed with, & then start rewinding back to the tracks that got you hypnotized on its first riff/vocal/hook or punchline !!! LAYBAQ is on heavy rotation as our ALBUM OF THE WEEK.
Dune Fdkns ( 2014 Program director )