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Kiwi / Press

"...Kiwi from New Jersey serves up a hopping mix...with an irresistible energy ... The 8 piece team snaps like snow peas, and the fun never sets."

“The overall effect of this sonic tapestry is an uplifting joy to behold that must surely bring them greater global recognition because although it’s only early in the year I think I may have already come across one of its biggest gems.”

“Jersey City reggae band Kiwi’s new album On the Move manages to be purist without being a ripoff...The arrangements are everything that’s good about roots reggae: they’re slinky and hypnotic yet constantly change shape, with light dub tinges that enhance the psychedelic factor. Much as the album’s sonics are crisply digital, the production values are strictly oldschool. What’s interesting about this band is that everybody seems to come from either a rock or jazz background, yet they get what reggae is all about better than some of the Jamaican posse does these days.”

"[on the move is] an amazing album. Production is clean and the musicianship is precise. But more importantly, it...reaffirms the truth that reggae is music that gives the human heart a reason to beat and the soul a way to soar."

"Latin America has long opened our ears to the potential when you fortify the reggae beat but remain true to the roots. Kiwi is a Jersey City band that continues the process. As Antibalas has done for afrobeat, The Slackers for ska...[the] New York/New Jersey cultural incubator continues reviving global music On The Move. Muy Greenwich Village meets Brazil, classically raised and folkloric singer/songwriter Alex Tea’s energies are infused in Kiwi’s music. His vibe is uplifting without the Rastafarian dogma. It’s English with no attempt at patois. It’s lyrically intriguing and it’s hooky as hell... love that squelchy backline. A full-on 8 piece, Kiwi fills out the groove with a complete complement of horns and harmonies. On The Move moves from those reggae fundamentals through the verses to Beatlesque choruses, wanky solos, intricate horn punctuations and lots more."

“a fast-rising star in the Tri-State alternative music scene”

“Vera Sousa and Alex Tyshkov of the band KIWI have hit their stride. The unique duo and band have emerged as a leading roots-reggae outfit primed to carve out a unique space in the NY-NJ music scene. Their tight harmonies are well-crafted, and the songwriting and live arrangements are compelling. This is a band to watch... the enthusiastic execution of the tunes by a crack ensemble of local musicians is guaranteed to get you moving!! Four stars! ”

mike griot - p.w.i. entertainment, owner; south orange blues festival, director

“Offering up fourteen extremely bouncy, flavorsome, and comforting tracks of tasty’n’tuneful tropical rock, this album bounces along with a winning blend of joy and vigor that’s a total treat to hear. The vocals are breezy and vibrant, the lyrics simple and to the point, and the captivating melodies effortlessly evoke a perfectly warm, relaxed, and pleasant Hawaiian spring afternoon. The gradual, yet constant tempos and equally subdued, but persistent beats keep things bubbling along at a pleasingly casual clip. The sweet use of horns adds an extra harmonic buzz to the already heavenly proceedings. An ideal album to listen to when you want to kick back and enjoy a long cool one.”

"...warm, summery and hypnotic like all the best roots reggae is...irresistible, wise, slinky vocals..."

“ [Kiwi’s ] music defies classification. It would fit comfortably on the play list of any trendy coffee house, an outdoor reggae festival, or in the I-pod of a hardcore deadhead…Lyrics reminiscent of beat poetry sung over 60's era folk harmonies on top of complexly arranged songs… “ ”

Mike Sorrentino - the gothic times

“With their second full-length album [On the Move], Tropicália-reggae band Kiwi has redefined this subgenre of reggae music even further. Comprised of eight talented musicians in New York and Jersey City, Kiwi manages to successfully incorporate the complexity of jazz, reggae, and Latin flavor into a sonically delightful treat. Every track evokes a vision of dancing on a beach, warm sand between the toes, bathing in the sunlight, ocean spray, and good vibes.”

"...this band is too good...reggae reborn in the shroud of jazz and clinging tightly to its Afro-Caribbean roots...brilliant new music...thumping horn section, tight rhythm section, groovy melody, and gripping vocals...their music floats and rests lightly on your senses. They do everything a good reggae band should: lift you up and chill you out.

“...Kiwi is a sight to see and an even better sound to hear. The melody coming from the stage is exactly what reggae should sound like, both lyrically and musically. Perhaps most impressive are the expert combinations of sounds from the various instruments on stage. With three horns, two percussionists and a variety of other members, Kiwi could easily present a loud, brassy sound to compliment the jazz from which they take some of their influence. However, despite the full stage, no individual instrument is overwhelming. Instead, the mellow sound drifting into the crowd speaks directly to the idea that all instruments are absolutely necessary for the creation of this music. Even during a mid-set display of brass and wind mastery, Kiwi maintains the perfect balance of sound.”

“The multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, seven-piece ensemble has established itself as a staple of the Downtown indie rock scene over the past few years, with a unique blend of reggae rhythms, 70s soul and R&B grooves, English and Portuguese lyrics and jazz-influenced improvisation.”