Juwan ‘Home’ (feat. Sam V)

This week’s Local Eyes is from Juwan, one of Oceania’s most exciting young hip hop talents. Home is another intimate and sentimental piece from Juwan who delivers his unwavering take on the world as it changes around him. He challenges the listener to keep the most important things close to...

0800 ‘INSTANT STIMULATION’

This week’s Local Eye’s video is from Auckland based rap collective 0800, who have just dropped their second single, ‘Instant Simulation’, following their April release ‘Group Call’. A boost of adrenaline surging energy, ‘Instant Stimulation’ is a playful statement on instant gratification, self-fulfillment, and ego. Possessed with invigorating stamina, the...

Kahika ‘Mutual Gathering’

This week’s Local Eyes is from Kahika, the kiwi trio (Geo Seato, Trent Ward, Jonathan Hislop) who grew up together and are named after the blossom of the Pohutukawa. Mutual Gathering, while largely instrumental/electronic, has its roots in the idea of people co-existing with and enjoying nature. In the music...

ARIA ‘Unravel’

This week’s Local Eyes video is from solo artist ARIA, with her new track ‘Unravel‘. A driven and unique artist, ARIA has honed her superpowers by adapting and diversifying, whether it was writing and recording the Auckland anthem ‘Friday’, in the shack with Homebrew, belting top Cs in...

Plutonic Lab Feat. Miloux ‘All Mine’

This week’s Local Eye’s is from New Zealand Music Award-winning artist Miloux and Australian producer Plutonic Lab. A truly incredible vocal talent, Miloux has spent the past three years honing her unique spin on beats-driven ambient electronica. Between days teaching pre-teens to find their own voice and nights wowing crowds around Auckland, Miloux is...

Disciple Pati ‘Atma’

This week’s Local Eye’s is from Disciple Pati with her sophomore single, ‘ATMA’. Disciple Pati made her debut last year as an RnB artist with her award-winning track The Boy Who Cried Woman, which won best Pacific Music Video. ‘ATMA’ shows another side as Pati opts for some experimental...

Pacific Heights ‘405’ (feat. CHAII and Kings)

This week’s Local Eyes video is the latest track from Pacific Heights – ‘405’. Pacific Heights (Devin Abrams) recently unveiled ‘The Weight Of It’, featuring UK electronic veteran Steve Spacek, his first solo release since the critically acclaimed 2018 album A LOST LIGHT. Today, the New Zealand producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist follows it up with ‘405’ which...

NXVA ‘SUMMER FALL FEARS’

This week’s Local Eyes is from Hamilton-based rapper NXVA with ‘The Summer Fall Fears’. This powerful track is taken from the Gemini Ultra EP. Which consists of five eclectic tracks are produced by longtime friend and collaborator STUSS. Recruiting Beau Monga’s alluring vocals, NXVA shows off his pen skills paired with...

NO COMPLY ‘BAD TO THE BONE’

This week’s local eyes video is from New Zealand rapper/producer duo, NO COMPLY who have followed up their single ‘She Likes’ with their high energy new track ‘Bad To The Bone’. Inspired by their own personal growth, the song is “pays homage to the new and improved self; someone who doesn’t take unnecessary sh*t...

imugi 이무기 ‘Somebody Else’

This week’s Local eyes video is from Auckland electronic-pop duo Imugi 이무기 Taken from their long-awaited second EP, Dragonfruit. Imugi’s music video for standout single ‘Somebody Else‘ depicts the world of computerised digital characters where Carl and Yery become thrust into cyberspace, featuring appearances from friends and fellow...

Netsky ‘Mixed Emotions’ Feat. Montell2099

This week’s Local Eye’s is from Belgian DJ and honorary Kiwi, Netsky & NZ producer Montell2099 with their track ‘Mixed Emotions‘ which is taken from his album Second Nature due out on 30th October. After playing shows in NZ for the last 10 years and becoming a household name...

Gino October ‘Better For Ya’

This week’s local video is the debut from Gino October, the first official single from his forthcoming project Look How Far We’ve Come, due out October 16th. ‘Better For Ya‘ serves as a memoir of reflection for Gino and sets the tone for the whole project. The compelling visuals stem...

Sam V X bKIDD – Cruisin’

For this week’s Local Eyes Sam V hits us with a true team effort, with fellow Y$O members, producer EDY and rapper bKIDD.  Cruisin’ blends the seductive lyricism and charismatic delivery of Papatoetoe’s bKIDD, with the vocal chops and melismatic crooning of the Auckland’s SAM V. The track has been heralded as a...

Rei ‘Sweat’ ft. Tāne

Need a new track and video for your work out playlist? This week’s Local Eyes video is for you. Rei ‘Sweat’ ft. Tāne is the perfect balance of energy and hilarity. Rei wanted to make something that gets you moving, helping you fight off any COVID anxiety by...

Moana & The Tribe feat Inka Mbing: Tōku Reo

This week’s Local Eyes’ video is honouring the importance of all native languages, Moana & The Tribe ‘Tōku Reo’ features the stunning guest vocals of Inka Mbing, the singer from the Atayal tribe which is one of 16 indigenous tribes in Taiwan. Inka defied the taboo on women not singing traditional songs...

Estère ‘Calculated Risk’

This week’s Local Eyes video is from Wellington-based singer, songwriter and beat-maker Estère with her new single ‘Calculated Risk’. The track is taken from her upcoming album, Archetypes, due out later this year. Described as Ravyn Lenae meets St Vincent, in 2019 Estère’s songwriting and producing prowess grabbed the attention...

Strangely Arousing ‘Rain’

This week’s Local Eyes is from Strangely Arousing, a five-piece reggae/ska act hailing, originally, from Rotorua. Rain is the first single from their much-anticipated EP ‘Don’t Panic’. Launching with a commanding vocal line, Rain borrows elements from Hip-hop and Reggae, combining them with that special brew of synth, horns, bass and classic dub that...

Deva Mahal ‘Stand In’

This week’s Local Eyes is from Deva Mahal, ‘Stand In’ is co-produced by Marika Hodgson aka Sorrento. The beautifully shot video is directed by Petra Cibilich. Mahal was born with blues in her blood. She shares, “I come from a long line of storytellers and musical conjurers”. Mahal’s vision of becoming an artist was...

Luke-W ‘Staying Up’

This week’s local Eyes is from Luke-W with his new track ‘Staying Up’, which is produced by Andrew Meyer.  The video features elements of the live recording from the night that was shot at Whammy Bar and was filmed & edited by Antoine Ma-C. Luke-W has said “This...

VILLETTE ‘Curious’

Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Villette is back with a bang on her new single ‘Curious’ – the first track from her upcoming EP. The song was produced by Ben Malone and co-written with Max Gunn and Jono Boyle on a writing workshop in Auckland. Meanwhile, the video captures that all too familiar feeling of not...