HIGH HØØPS shares DIY video masterpiece for 'Madly'

After shooting the video for the album's first release ‘Body’ in Palm Springs, it was time for something different, so HIGH HØØPS aka Jordan Arts created the video for new single'Madly' all by himself in the not-so-lush surrounds of a Royal Oak car park. The decision to go DIY shouldn't be a surprise from Arts - he wrote, produced and played every instrument on his forthcoming record Seasons On Planet Earth, and he's a director and cinematographer by day.

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Josie Moon shares cinematic video for 'Call Me', shot at historic Chateau Tongariro

'Call Me', The latest track by Wellington electro-pop singer and producer Josie Moon made last week's New Music Friday playlists from Spotify Australia/NZ and Japan and influential UK blogger Popjustice, as well as getting picked up by local pop radio and blogs. Now she shares the moody and cinematic video for the track, by local director Taylor Mansfield and filmed at the iconic location of Chateau Tongariro.

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Josie Moon shares electro-pop ballad 'Call Me' ahead of Rose Tinted EP release

Following the release of the Hot 20 single ‘After Hours’, independent Wellington songwriter and producer Josie Moon shares nostalgia-tinged electro-pop ballad ‘Call Me’, ahead of her forthcoming Rose Tinted EP release. Distributed by DRM, Rose Tinted is out on digital platforms out on Friday 31 August, coinciding with Moon's debut Auckland live performance at The Others Way festival.

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IllBaz, MELODOWNZ and Raiza Biza release third single from High Beams - 'Red Wine' ft. High Hoops

It's just four weeks since IllBaz, MELODOWNZ and Raiza Biza announced their first collaborative project High Beams with the release of their hard hitting track 'Live Stream' featuring TEEKS. Two weeks later they dropped the heavier rap track 'OUTCHEA' featuring Dirty, and today the trio show their ability to change up the mood and the pace, with a stunning third single 'Red Wine' featuring vocals by High Høøps.

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IllBaz, MELODOWNZ & Raiza Biza Announce seven track project High Beams, share first single + video 'Live Stream' feat. TEEKS

Three of the brightest local talents in the new generation of hip hop artists have joined forces to create High Beams, a seven track project to be released through Sony Music New Zealand and distributed through The Orchard on 27 July. High Beams showcases IllBaz's unique production chops with two of the best rappers in the game - MELODOWNZ and Raiza Biza.

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Neil and Liam Finn Announce First Album Together

Neil Finn and Liam Finn have today announced their first album together, Lightsleeper, is set for release on August 24 on Inertia and [PIAS]. The news arrives alongside lead single 'Back To Life', where powerful melodies join vulnerable lyrics, evoking the magic that happens when people gather to sing and remember absent friends - love's triumphant ability to transcend our physical world. 

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Red Bull Music Presents: VILLETTE – “Money” | 360° Virtual Reality

New Zealand singer and producer VILLETTE has teamed up with longtime partner Red Bull Music to release a 360 VR music video for her forthcoming single ‘Money’, available now across Red Bull Music channels. VILLETTE’s first ever immersive VR experience features a unique first-person perspective and allows viewers to dive deep into her creative world.

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Australia's Stella Donnelly gets Kiwi Charlotte Evans and a NZ cast on board for 'Mechanical Bull' vide

Rising star of the Australian folk-rock scene Stella Donnelly is in high demand, inking a deal with influential US indie label Secretly Canadian, and booking dates in America for SXSW and her first US tour next month. The focus isn’t all on North America though, Donnelly chose to cross the Tasman to film the video for her scathing single ‘Mechanical Bull’ with Kiwi director Charlotte Evans, after seeing Evan’s work for Aldous Harding. Aside from Donnelly, the cast of the video is all kiwi, including Billy T Award winning comedian Hamish Parkinson and Outrageous Fortune stalwart Wesley Dowdell.

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CARNIVOROUS PLANT SOCIETY ANNOUNCE ALBUM THE NEW KING + RELEASE TOUR

Certified maniac Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the USA, despotic leader Kim Jong-un threatened a nuclear war, and former household hero Bill Cosby was outed as a sexual predator: 2017 was a very dark year.

It was in this dystopian world (with a working title of Dismal Imaginary Place deemed too depressing) that Carnivorous Plant Society’s sophomore album The New King was born, simultaneously aspirational and pragmatically nihilistic. With fables penned by bandleader Finn Scholes and read by his father Jeff, Finn reveals his warped genius in three ways; lyrically, through his rich compositional tactics and with his ear-wrenching instrumental virtuosity. 

To be released on 16 March, The New King brings together the extraordinary talents of five of Auckland’s most talented musicians, with special guests Don McGlashan, Lawrence Arabia & Tiny Ruins.

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