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...

Breaking Artists (July 2020)

  ‘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 we can push their music far and wide. This month’s...

Base FM HQ Live #22 | Jah Red Lion

Jah Red Lion came into Base HQ for a chat and a live performance of his first single of the year ‘Wicked Affi Run Weh’ produced by Tiopira McDowell/High Stakes. Dedicated to the next generation and inspired by the social movement happening back in Chile. Nico ‘Jah Red Lion’...

ISRAEL STARR ‘Rub A Dub’

  This week’s Local Eyes is from Award winning Reggae producer and singer/songwriter Israel Starr. ‘Rub A Dub’ was produced, written, arranged and composed all by Israel himself and is the first single off his forthcoming album ‘Inspiration’. Directed by Shae Stirling, ‘Rub A Dub’ was shot in...

Seven new acts announced for WOMAD New Zealand 2020

WOMAD has just announced seven new performers to a lineup already brimming with top tier talent. The first all-women Mariachi group Flor de Toloache will be joined by Maghrebi/European outfit Ifriqiyya Electrique who infuse industrial post-punk and techno with the traditional Banga music of the Tunisian desert. KermesZ...

Base FM HQ Live #14 | Troy Kingi

Troy Kingi came into Base breakfast this morning to chat to Ian Beatmaster Wright about his new album ‘HOLY COLONY BURNING ACRES’ which is out now! He also performed an acoustic version of “Ethiopia” for our Base HQ Live series of videos, check it out below. Grab a copy of Troy...

RUNTINGZ ANTHEM (Official Video 2019)

The week’s Local Eyes is the heaviest of reggae / hip hop collaboration from Lion Rezz, RaggadatCris, Lomez Brown, Israel Starr and Poetik. The visuals were shot by videographers Vika To’oala and Cairo Samson showing this mass of local talent rocking shows and travelling around Aotearoa as part of their ‘Runtingz...

REALITY CHANT & ISRAEL STARR ‘Future Navigator’

Reality Chant Productions and Bless up Music proudly present the latest release from REALITY CHANT & ISRAEL STARR ‘Future Navigator’. Taking its cues from deep 70s Jamaican roots, ‘Future Navigator’ features tight well-rounded production and a roll-call of local and international musicians who provide a tapestry of instrumentation...

Portland Live Sessions: ISRAEL STARR

Base FM in association with The Portland Public House Presents: The Portland Live Sessions. In this episode of The Portland Live Sessions series, Dylan C talks to Israel Starr about upcoming music and his musical influences. Plus he performs live an acoustic version of ‘Future Navigator’. Israel Starr:...

Event: Base FM presents Homebase (22 March)

  An all-star female lineup: Live: Silva MC DJs: Janiac & Laura Lush Silva MC has been making waves for a minute both here in New Zealand and overseas.  Silva has solidified herself as the Queen of New Zealand’s roots and dancehall scene and shows excellence in her...

SURREY BOUDIT ‘Tek My Leave’

After four years, and many gigs uptown & downtown Auckland, eight-piece Ska band Surrey Boudit (pronounced Sah-Ree-Bow-Dit) are releasing their first vinyl + digital single on Thursday 21 September 2017. Pre-order vinyl here: https://surreyboudit.bandcamp.com/album/gold-rush-bw-tek-my-leave It is a very exciting time for these Grey Lynn cats who pride themselves on...

HOUSE OF SHEM ‘Anything You Ask For’

House Of Shem, known for their distinctive reggae sound and harmonies, are proud to release their latest new single Anything You Ask For. The Perkins’ family band consisting of brothers Te Omeka and Isaiah and their father Carl, formerly of the beloved Kiwi icons HERBS, formed House Of Shem...

ACETONES ‘Sweet Ting’

This week’s Turn It Up Local Tune Of The Week is from the AceTones‘ new self titled EP, full of originals and produced by Submariner. AceTones offer a superlative selection of time-honoured Jamaican classics, rare grooves and originals to satisfy connoisseurs and new listeners alike. This is the...

FAT FREDDY’S DROP ‘Razor’

Fat Freddy’s Drop have just dropped the 2nd single ‘Razor’ from the upcoming album BAYS. Following the worldwide success of ‘Blackbird’ in 2013, Fat Freddy’s Drop are back with BAYS, a 9-track LP recorded at the band’s Bays Studio in Kilbirnie, Wellington a former 1950s HMV vinyl pressing plant....

The Conch Sessions with Max Glazer

BaseFM and Grindin Presents the Max Glazer Interview. Reggae DJ and entrepreneur, Max Glazer talks to Pauly Who about global scenes, embracing digital tech and expensive hobbies. The interview was conducted during Max Glazers first trip to our shores where he rocked the Raggamuffin festival as well as...

CD of the Week: GHETTO RED HOT Vol. 6

Ghetto Red Hot Vol.6, straight outta Newtown Sound, mixed by DJ Art and featuring new heat from Israel Starr, Juse1, Silva MC, Kurst 1, Dub Terminator, SK Simeon, Sub Divizion (Messenjah), Raw Deezy (Evil Mule), Badjahman and many more. 60 minutes of blazing Hip Hop Dancehall and Reggae...