Release of the Week

Release of the Week

We spotlight new, local music that we like 💯

Pacific Heights, CHAII and Kings’ new track is for driving around the city at night

'405' is a track about extreme wealth and poverty, the best way to listen is to go for a drive.

Mazbou Q empowers Black pride in his latest release

Hugh Ozumba has been making music since he was four. Better known by his stage name Mazbou Q, the Manurewa-raised artist and producer began with the…

Soul singer Teeks shows us what longing looks and sounds like

The music video to ‘Without You’ by Teeks opens with him walking down a dusty gravel road in the Hokianga. To outsiders, it could be a…

Exclusive: Paige shares her new music video and why she loves South Auckland

We premiere Paige's music video for 'Waves', and hear why she has big love for South Auckland.

Auckland rapper/actor/geography student Hans. shares his new music video

Auckland rapper Hans.’ new music video features the acting talent of Hans., Hans., Hans. and Hans.

Revel in gay, sparkly 90s love with Milly Tabak & The Miltones’ new single

Milly Tabak & The Miltones’ new track ‘Liven Up The Night’ opens with the line, “Is this street dark enough?” It’s a sensible question for those…

Team Dynamite share their soothing new track ‘Dragon Fruit’

One of the first scenes of the ‘Dragon Fruit’ music video is Lucky Lance standing half-submerged at the bottom of a waterfall, fully clothed, in a…

Release of the week: teen punks Sit Down In Front talk first world problems

Teen punks Sit Down In Front's music will be ringing out across New Zealand with the release of their album Confessions Of A Pie Thief. The…

Release of the Week: Kita takes us into 89 lockdown houses around the globe in their latest video

There are fewer phrases more appropriate to this moment than “try to find a way”.

When Nikita 雅涵 Tu-Bryant , Ed Zuccollo and Rick Cranson of Wellington…

5 things we learnt about JessB in our IG live chat

It's NZ Music Month and we're having lunchtime chats on the gram with NZ artists! First up, we talk durags from AliExpress and being creative during…

How Church & AP are making it work during Covid-19

“There’s not a lot of interesting things in the world to talk about right now apart from Covid-19,” says Church from the Tāmaki Makaurau rap duo…

New music release: Paige colours her wairua yellow

Imagine the aura or the energy that you’re giving off right now. If that aura had a colour, what would it be?

Auckland singer-songwriter Paige has released…

New release: Adam Hattaway and the Haunters’ “woozy swamp ballad” hits the spot

“I want to make music that's classic and kind of hits the spot,” says Adam Hattaway.

There’s a repeated motif in Adam Hattaway and the Haunters’ new…

New release: How to be The Beths in four easy steps!

The Beths make music that is jubilant, neurotic, carefree and anxious. I revisited their debut album Future Me Hates Me during a state-sanctioned walk around my…

Release of the Week: Auckland R&B singer-songwriter Jordan Gavet is both baby and baddie

One rhinestone-encrusted hair clip reads ‘BADDIE VIBES’. The other reads ‘HONEY BABY’. In the opening of her new music video, directed by Shae Sterling, Jordan Gavet…

Release of the Week: Diggy Dupé turns a Niuean war chant into an exhilarating hip hop track

Since we’ve just entered a nationwide, 4-week long lockdown, Diggy Dupé briefly considered pushing his music video release for ‘Keke Boy’ a week later... but then…

Release of the Week: Raiza Biza and his crew of African-Kiwi artists are stealing back their funds

Like pretty much every artist in New Zealand, Raiza Biza has just had a bunch of shows and interviews cancelled due to measures to stem the…

Premiere: Reb Fountain exposes our false gods in her new song ‘When Gods Lie’

When Reb Fountain sings “when gods lie”, who are the gods she is talking about?
It’s a lyric that suggests a crisis of faith, like a coming-of-age…

Nadia Reid’s new album brings Otago to the world

Folk is a genre with a deep sense of place - music that breathes life to the nature and communities rooted within it. For Nadia Reid,…

Release of the Week: VÏKÆ talks escaping Chernobyl, being bipolar and her new song ‘Liar’

If you’ve ever fucked up, one thing you could do is write a song about it and hope the people you wronged will hear it. That’s…

Premiere: Mo Muse’s new music video “goes out to all the immigrants”

“This one goes out to all the immigrants, maaan,” is how Mo Muse begins his song ‘All the Kids’. 

Then he quips, “You know, we always had…

Premiere: Merk makes door hinges sound cool in his new music video

There’s a metallic synth sound, almost like a squeaking hinge, in Merk’s latest single ‘H.N.Y.B’. You wouldn’t think a door hinge in need of lubrication is…

Release of the Week: Auckland rapper Hans. takes us into his dreamy $5 music video

This week, Hans. released ‘Getby’, our first peek into his new project Tango Hue.

Hans. has a knack for transforming everyday motifs into something special. In the…

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