Fuyuko’s Fables. Fuyuko’s Fables, Groeni and Pales, the somewhat incestuous group of Wellington bands, are taking their folk and electronic melodic debauchery around the country this December. Both Groeni and Pales are supporting the release of the respective debut albums. Both bands also containing members of Fuyuko’s Fables, an occurrence it seems is not uncommon […]
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Eskimo Eyes is the home studio recording alias of Nelson’s Ike Zwanikken, who I suspect may now be based in Wellington. Listen to his first EP inside.
Over the last week, exploratory New Zealand rap music collective @Peace have unveiled two new demo songs ‘Solo’ and ‘Fleas On A Dog’, both leftover tracks from their forthcoming official debut album.
Man, the Seattle hip-hop scene sure throws up some incredible, yet under discussed work. If you enjoy the Afrofuturist rap/rnb muzik of Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction, I highly recommend downloading and listening to Queen La’Chiefah, the 2013 EP from rapper Gifted Gab, the first lady of the Moor Gang.
Dove is a very based and positive suite of asymmetrical bedroom pop rap music written, performed and created by Southside of Chicago/Dekalb, IL based polymath + (plus sign, formerly Emanuel Vinson), with tracking, mixing and mastering assistance from Owen Hill.
The second EP release from Wellington based Ukrainian multi-instrumentalist, beat architect, producer and laptop DJ Beat Mob, Notorious Club Girls is a concept record about a very very late night out with the notorious club girls.
After a break from releasing recorded music, young Wellington rapper Name UL returns with a short but impactful EP of abrasive industrial noise music informed rap songs titled Summit.
Following on from his breakout appearance on Kanye West’s Yeezus album, incredibly talented UK beat architect, producer and live electronic performer Evian Christ, the man behind the remarkable Kings And Them mixtape/12″ returns with ‘Salt Carousel’.
Well, this is something, Oddisee, perhaps one of my favourite independent hip-hop talents worldwide has remixed ‘Diamonds’ by Ladi6, a all singing, all rapping double threat I’ve long considered to be one of the most talented and loved hip-hop/soul voices in New Zealand.
Listen to ‘Freddy Bardot’ by Lips.
For ‘Methadone’ Auckland rapper/spoken word poet and writer Tourettes connected with his longstanding production partner Saan Barratt and singer Hayley Couper. Catch him on tour around the South Island this week.
Never mind the ridiculously click-bait/trollworthy title, Wellington beat architect, producer and live electronic performer Jet Jaguar’s new EP Five Production Mistakes Even Professionals Keep Making (They’re Not What You Think) is a compelling (yet short) suite of textural electronica underpinned by both the rhythmic sensibilities of beat music, and throwback nods to the pre-cafe soundtrack eras of down-tempo, chill-out and modern ambient.
Eight songs long, The Lost Tapes Vol. 1 collects twelve years of four and eight-track recordings from Los Angeles-based vocalist, producer and poet Seven Davis Jr.
Perhaps best known for his production work for well-loved Rwandan New Zealand rap singer Raiza Biza, with the release of his new Bitter Waters, Crystal Pure EP, Christchurch producer Haan808 reminders us of his compelling skills as an instrumental arranger.
Due to overwhelming demand, Science With Synthesizers recently announce a repress of I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition, their independent documentary epic exploring the history, demise and resurgence of what they describe as “the ultimate electronic music machine” – the modular synthesizer.
Laraaji is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City. He began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, improvising trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects.
Working with instruments like saz, electric guitar, meh obe and traditional percussion devices, Montreal based music collective Esmerine craft songs that place equal premium on textural sound exploration and ferocious melodic and rhythm arrangements framed within the olde world music of Turkey. You can stream/download ‘Translator’s Clos Part II’ inside.
On ‘Childhood’, Berlin based ex-pat beat architect and producer Scratch22 paints an elaborate junkyard soundworld composed of found sound, rhythms that rise and fall like lapping waves, and cinematic bass and melody textures. Over the top Auckland rapper/spoken word performer Tourettes recounts a poem/spoken word text detailing vivid memories of a series of his childhood experiences. In light of the recent release of Dead Dogs Dance, I took some time out to talk to Tourettes about ‘Childhood’ and the five other songs on the EP.
Following the muddling missteps of his 4AD released debut album, a record which while it worked, didn’t articulate on the level of greatness his early 12″ releases suggested was imminent, UK producer/DJ Joker – the man who brought Longbeach’s palm tree, white tee, chucks and lo-rider cool to Bristol’s bass electronica scene, and visa versa, takes it home – returning to the 8-bit video game infused g-funk grime/dubstep aesthetic that excited us so much.
This Friday and Saturday night, Christchurch beat architect and live electronic performer Kåm∆nd¡ will perform in Auckland and Wellington alongside Manawatu’s Buska Dimes, Wellingtonian K∆K∆PO, and a special international guest as part of the HIT + RUN crew’s edition of Red Bull Sound Select. For more in-depth details, click here. In the lead-up to these two shows, we will be presenting you with a series of Q&A interviews with K∆K∆PO, Buska Dimes and Kåm∆nd¡. Today we continue with Kåm∆nd¡, a former band musician turned solo laptop/hardware recording artist and performer.