HIGH HØØPS wants you to feel good inside. With a penchant for escapism and a wandering cinematic mind, he is influenced by dreamy romanticisms and idyllic neverlands far beyond the golden frequencies. Added to the Red Bull Sound Select lineup recently, HØØPS has played a successful presents show and has just been announced to play both Rhythm and Vines and SPLORE festivals. Check out his profile here – http://www.redbullsoundselect.com/artists/highhoops With an EP due in the new year, the best is still yet to come for HIGH HØØPS.
The Poor Decadents of Mount Maunganui ‘The Libres’ have been strumming and swirling away for over 2 years. Since an earlier EP they have released 2 singles this year ‘I Wanna Know’ & ‘SIlver Girl’. With new material being woven out of restless nights and a live show that will swim through your veins, their upcoming debut album is set to be a fine drop.
In an impeccable graduation from three-piece act Teacups, Chelsea Jade Metcalf’s latest musical yield combines airy musical soundscapes that arouse a sense of suspended, delicate electricity. WATERCOLOURS has already performed alongside international heavyweights including Cat Power, Dirty Projectors, Bloc Party and Broken Social Scene. In 2012 WATERCOLOURS was awarded ultimate local accolade, the New Zealand Music Awards Critics Choice Award, and it was also the first recipient of theaudience.co.nz’s ‘Wild Card’ Making Tracks grant. On the cusp of 2012/13, WATERCOLOURS released debut EP Over and Under, as well as a beautiful video accompaniment to single ‘Pazzida’, directed by filmmaker Alexander Gandar. Over and Under has been expertly remixed by accomplished musicians Haz’Beats, James Duncan, DPTRCLB, Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad) and Boycrush. Metcalf’s most recent creation, EP Portals is a [...]
Traverse your own Forest with Young Tapz’ debut album, a stroll through the 18 year old New Zealand-Zimbabwean rapper’s inspired mind, intertwined with the innovative and influential production of New York’s Branchez. Features from the likes of heavyweight Fortafy and tastemakers The Wyld broadcast the crisp relevance of this album, as Young Tapz explores and deliberates the world in his eyes through rousing flow and charismatic hooks. Young Tapz leads you from track to track through his Forest, showing you why, when, and how he’s changing the landscape of New Zealand Hip-Hop. Find out for yourself at The Black Club November Series, when Young Tapz releases Forest on the 16th of November, within the revered walls of 1885 Britomart.
Muirs began his music career in Auckland at the age of 19 with his ambient trap album Trap Chapel. Influenced by a wide range of electronic musicians, such as Boards of Canada and Portishead, Muirs combines this loose ambient triphop vibe with an Americanised Rap tradition stemming back from the works of the now disbanded 1017 Brick Squad members Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame. Muirs’ new album ‘AKL 2K13′ was released as part of the Kerosene Comic Book Collective in May 2013.
White Lies released their debut album, To Lose My Life, in 2009. A U.K. number 1, the album went on to sell just short of one million copies worldwide and win ‘new band of the year’ accolades at both the Mojo & Q Awards. Their second album, Ritual, followed in January 2011 to glowing reviews. By the end of that year they had played a rapturous sold-out show at London’s Wembley Arena (their biggest U.K. show to date), headlined a packed NME / Radio 1 tent at the Reading Festival and performed live on both the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, two of the highest profile TV shows in the USA. White Lies released their 3rd album, BIG TV, through Fiction Records in [...]
NO WHY is the new project from core members of former Auckland band 1995. With an EP on the way, the five piece have offered up the first taste of things to come with new single ‘Mine’.
Randa’s always been intrigued and consumed by popular culture, escaping into and referencing a colourful world of real and imagined clashes of popcult iconography. Randa’s awkward but fresh, smooth but somewhat disjointed. And it seems to work. Supporting Grimes and Crystal Castles within their first year of performing live, their style stands out and their show comes on with clarity and vivid energy. Go to www.larzranda.com to download the Summer Camp EP and see Randa live at next years Big Day Out. Yeow!
Hailing from Christchurch, Kamandi is one of the leading lights of New Zealand’s contemporary electronic music scene. A beat-maker, producer and live performer, his gritty vibe-drenched soundworld draws measured influence from the Los Angeles Beats scene and the meditative side of UK bass electronica. Having begun his musical journey as a bass guitarist in his teens, he brings an understanding of stage performance to his songs and their live presentation. As a result, Kamandi has crafted an aesthetic equally impactful on headphones and the dance floor. As well as accumulating him thousands of soundcloud plays, his musical efforts have secured him support slots before Julien Dyne, Lunice, Baths, JonWayne, Mono/Poly and Tokimonsta, as well as numerous headlining performances and festival appearances. With the emotional depth and intensity of his music [...]
Cults will have a new album out next Friday 11/10/13. it’s called ‘Static’. ‘Static’ is a breakup album. Just not in the way we think of a breakup album. That cold knot in your stomach when you lose someone? That is not longing for a person. That is dread, uncertainty of what comes next. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion of Cults are both 24 years old. The relationship may be on the rocks but the music is all the more tasty. Grab a peak of the new video for ‘High Road’ which will feature on their sophomore album – ‘Static’ Television is a heavy influence on Cults. Before the first Cults show, Brian ran to the Salvation Army to pick up old TV sets to decorate the stage. Brian Oblivion, [...]