YOKO-ZUNA ‘ ‘Yes ft. HEAVY & LARZRANDA’

Recorded at Auckland’s Red Bull Studios, Yoko-Zuna‘s second EP Luminols was released at the end of May through Loop. The 5-track EP shows a varied sound from Yoko-Zuna, and a band which have become incredibly comfortable in their own skin. Ranging from the pulsating electronic sounds of ‘Lightning Sabres’ to the brooding...

TROY SAMUELA ‘Can I’

Darker Than Wax are an electronic music label based from the island of Singapore, breaking all bounds and grounds progressing the music scene in their city and influencing globally. They have been tirelessly pushing for diversity in music, proving that categories in music are totally irrelevant and through...

KAKAPO ‘Guarantee’

This week our pick for the NZ On Air Turn It Up feature comes off The Prevoke, the new EP from producer/DJ Kakapo.  The Christchurch born Wellington based producer has created an album that’s best described as “pitch-bent sampled soul, UK Garage, jazz, dub reggae, classic crunk, downbeat and...

MONTELL2099 ‘Possible’

This week’s Turn It Up local tune of the week comes from a young producer who’s been monopolising a whole lot of our attention in the past year. To call Montell2099 up and coming doesn’t feel right as he’s so ahead of his game. There are even reddit...

TROY SAMUELA ‘Ace’

Trust Troy Samuela to casually upload a track to soundcloud, simply captioned “been busy so here’s this for now” and rack up 25 thousand plays in just two weeks. ‘Ace’ features the tight horns, snares and cymbals of what sounds like the most fire marching band on earth. The...

Turn It Up! 2015 Recap.

Turn It Up is a feature on Base FM where we showcase a new track from Aotearoa every week. Tune in weekdays at 10am and 4pm to hear this week’s top local pick. Proudly supported by NZ On Air Music. In 2015 we chose stand alone tracks from...

ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE ‘Aeons’

“Somewhere between the world at large and paradise is this EP of five songs; short stories against a backdrop of experimental music. Whatever you think of it, I promise you, if nothing else it will take you on journey…” – Mara TK. Electric Wire Hustle are proud to...

AVERAGE RAP BAND ‘What It Is’

Average Rap Band is the latest project from Tom Scott & Lui Tuiasau (formerly @peace). The 6 track EP titled ‘Stream Of Nonsenseness’ is available as a download (name your price) & limited physical CD copies via the bands Bandcamp page. Dandruff Dicky (@peace / Side Steps Quintet)...

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA ‘World Is Crowded’

Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s 3rd album Multi-Love, nreleased in May is a mix of psychedelic funk and alt pop, and showcases Ruban Nielson’s skills as both a producer and songwriter. The album is full of hooks and musical earworms that burrow into your brain, resurfacing to haunt your memory throughout the...

SILICON ‘Burning Sugar’

‘Burning Sugar’ is the new single from Silicon – the new project from Mint Chicks/Opossom frontman Kody Nielson. ‘Burning Sugar’ is the second single taken from Silicon’s debut album Personal Computer. Out globally on Aug 28 through Weird World/Domino/Universal Music. Cultivating his own distinct brand, Silicon has been...

RESIN ONE vs ORPHAN ‘Best For You’

‘Best For You’ from Resin One & Orphan is a throwback to hip hop’s classic era: hard hitting boom bap beats topped with a straight forward lyrical delivery. Based in Auckland, the duo of Resin One and Orphan have spent hours in the studio nurturing the 5 tracks that appear...