Breaking Artists (September 2021)
‘Breaking Artists’ on Base is a monthly feature where we pick 3 local artists and showcase 3 new tracks we think you should know. All ‘Breaking Artists’ tracks are fresh and featured for the entire month so that we can push their music far and wide.
This month’s picks…
Midas Mind – ‘WHO THE…’
Midas Mind has been working behind the scenes for over a year to bring to the world a debut collection of work that reflects his passion for rap and poetry. The debut single ‘WHO THE…’ is a mellow track full of thought-provoking wordplay and a ‘classic hip hop’ feel. Having already created a name for himself within Auckland’s underground hip hop community, this song is an introduction to a wider audience about who he is as an artist and a person.
Nganeko – ‘Facade’
Second up we have R&B songstress Nganko who returns with her second single, ‘Facade’, released with a music video created with support from NZ On Air. Nganeko trades her natural R&B range for soulful pop on the new single, detailing her innermost demons, anxieties, and insecurities over glistening, ethereal chords and crunchy drum kicks. The single arrives with a music video directed by Jeremy Cole, peering deeper into Nganeko’s psyche using a dollhouse to portray expectations of womanhood, self-doubt, and the deception of outward appearance.
“It doesn’t share the same energy as any of my other songs, which I adore, because of its meaning,” Nganeko says. “It’s a pop song, for sure. The lyrics to ‘Facade’ make this song sound like a toxic love story between two humans. But truly, it’s about the relationship I have with my own inner demons and finally noticing; identifying the problem and telling them to gap it. Forever!”
Isaac Aesili – Runaway
Isaac Aesili is a Māori musician, DJ and music producer from New Zealand living in Bangkok. Internationally acclaimed solo artist and the producer and creative force behind Funkommunity, Sorceress and Karlmarx. Isaac’s original productions have been supported internationally by DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Benji B, and Lefto. His trumpet playing features on many collaborations including ‘Midnight in Peckham’ by Chaos in the CBD (Rhythm Section) and ‘Layer’ by Julien Dyne (Wonderful Noise/BBE). A world-renowned musician on both trumpet and percussion, Isaac is a member of the Lord Echo band. His music fuses Soul, Funk, Jazz, Brazilian and Afro Latino styles with R&B, House and Electronic music. Isaac’s new EP ‘Runaway’ drops on 16th July 2021 on Bastard Jazz Recordings.
Isaac Aesili ‘Runaway’ EP is a story of his journey from his South Pacific homeland in Aotearoa, New Zealand to his new South-East Asian base in Bangkok, Thailand. The title track “Runaway” is a boogie blazing Juno 106 synth-driven modern funk jam that harks back to the sounds of Isaac’s earlier Funkommunity and Sorceress productions.