Native Dancer Info
Native Dancer is the brain child of bass player Jonathan Harvey, keyboard player Sam Crowe and drum wizard Ulysees.The group was completed with the addition of vocalist Frida Touray and saxophone player Josh Arcoleo, and together these five sonic explorers have developed their own material in a process that attempts to dissolve boundaries and deny none of their influences, to create something fresh and exciting.
Through experimentations with psychedelic soundworlds, fusing influences from pop, soul, electronica, hiphop, trip-hop, be-bop and rock to Weather Report, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Meshell N’degocello and Frank Zappa, Native Dancer have created songs with explosive grooves and filthy beats; beautiful harmonic landscapes with progressive production and samples from the likes of Ron Burgundy, Bill Hicks and a Mayan elder.
All members of the band have worked with an array of artists from varying styles including among many others Joss Stone, The Cinematic Orchestra, Matthew Herbert, Mark Guiliana, Gretchen Parlato, ESKA and Joan As Policewoman. This has afforded them the experience and understanding to bring together all the positive elements in their musical lives to create something new and inclusive to all listeners who crave something relevant to the now.
The music evokes ideas of parallel realities, a common element that connects everything and speaks to experiences beyond trivial love stories; ultimately promoting a message of peace and love.
“The new troubadours of psychedelic soul.” STAMP THE WAX
“Referencing trip-hop, soul, hip-hop, jazz and rock — even sampling Ron Burgundy, Bill Hicks and a Mayan elder — the quintet has been unhurriedly carving out their own niche which fortunately knows no boundaries.” BIG SHOT MAGAZINE
“ Their debut EP, which we are proud to unveil here for the first time, shows they are nothing if not thoroughbred…a questing sound that chucks away the map and plots its own course by the stars. “ THE MONITORS
“The absolute pinnacle of performance-enhanced technical/high space funk” CELLARS AND LOFTS
“Crossing the boundaries of soul, pop and nu-jazz, bridging sounds of the past and present, the gorgeously produced EP, topped with the lush vocals of Frida Touray, is absolutely orgasmic to say the least.” COLORISING