YAYNÉ ‘IDFWU (feat. MELODOWNZ)’

A Neo-Soul singer, Yayné has the ability to blend classic smooth vocal styles with future flows and scats, using clever lyrics to keep the listener connected to what matters the most; the music. Her debut EP ‘Simple Pleasure’ plays on the two sides of pleasure; that which we...

KOTARE ‘Osho’

Like so many new tracks, this one arrived via email. We missed it initially as it arrived on the first day back after the holiday break, but when we got around to opening the email it contained a link to soundcloud and this brief message: “I’m a bedroom producer from...

HYAN ‘J For J’

Over the last few years we’ve seen the rise of a new breed of local producers who push a fresh production sound. No longer focusing on the tradition of boom-bap beats as a platform for MCs to rhyme over, what we’re hearing now are different creations altogether: heavy bass combined with intricate...

HIGH HØØPS ‘Burn It Up’

HIGH HØØPS is the solo project from Auckland based creative, Jordan Arts. He is one fifth of LEISURE as well as a a visual director. These songs come late in the night, it’s not unusual for a HØØPS session to go until sunrise. “I’ve been basically locking myself...

Turn It Up! 2016 Recap

Turn It Up featured what we consider to be some of the best local songs of 2016. We’ve pulled together a soundcloud playlist of most of these songs for your listening pleasure. So much local talent on display right here! Familiarise yourself with the new New Zealand sound. – Turn...

VILLETTE ‘Beige’

The following words by Dan Pardalis for Complex Having opened up for AlunaGeorge, receiving co-signs from Sango and Joe Kay, and getting play on BBC 1, Valve Sounds’ VILLETTE is one artist to keep a close eye on in 2017 – but it all starts right here with her latest...

NOAH SLEE ‘DGAF (feat. Shiloh Dynasty)’

‘DGAF’ is the first single from Noah Slee‘s forthcoming “Otherland Mixtape”. Check the following review of ‘DGAF’ by Aiden Benavides for www.purplesneakers.com.au Noah Slee is a talented New Zealander who is currently Berlin based. The RnB singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has been bumping around for a while now,...

ESTÈRE ‘Ambition’

After spending 5 months touring Africa, Australia, France and the UK, Estère has returned to Aotearoa with her newest single ‘Ambition’, the first from her forthcoming album. Listen to ‘Ambition’ and become acquainted with U.S. Presidential hijacker and Bordello resident, Magdelaine Lavirgin – who wanted to be the United States President. Magdelaine...

KVKA & DENZ 1 ‘SSolar EclipSSe’

Local artists KVKA & DENZ 1’s collaborative EP Outlierz is out now on  Black Lotus Records. Already turning heads by having racked up over one million YouTube plays for his track ‘Who You’, Outlierz is set to further solidify KVKA’s firm footing as a masterful rapper whilst also showcasing...

TALI ‘Birth Of A Break’

There is no resting for Aotearoa singer, songwriter and MC extraordinaire, Tali, as she releases her seventh studio project, KETA The KETA EP (pronounced keh – tah) is a collaborative effort, involving production from local producers Tokyo Prose, Civilian Sol, Sam De Jong and internationals Thor Rixon (South...

PADDY FRED ‘Need You feat. AHAB’

‘Need You’ is the latest musical offering from Wellington musician/producer Paddy Fred. Inspired by the West Coast beat-scene and a chance encounter with Flying Lotus and his creative cronies in their LA headquarters, Paddy Fred’s sound is full of surreal, psychedelic synth-soul vibes. “I made the guts of ‘Need...

SEVA HIFI ‘Where Are You Now?’

After a 4 year absence Seva Hifi are back with this track ‘Where Are You Now?’ the opening track and taster for album #2 to be released later in 2016. Track features beatbox from guest Zubbi the Beat Wizard. With a new album of deep Pacific electronic soul...

KIMBRA ‘Sweet Relief’

Grammy-Award winning pop singer Kimbra releases a brand-new song, entitled ‘Sweet Relief’. This is Kimbra’s first new song since the New Zealand-born singer and songwriter released her second album, The Golden Echo, in 2014, though she released the single ‘Goldmine’ from the album in 2015. She has featured on songs by Mew, Bilal, Electric Wire Hustle, Great Danes, SLOWOLF, Big...