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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Josie Campbell
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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Kiwi-born musician Jordan Rakei signs to Ninja Tune, unveils new single ‘Sorceress’

Jordan Rakei signs to Ninja Tune and unveils new single ‘Sorceress’. At only 25, the New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures a sonic and emotional awareness many artists spend their entire careers chasing. ‘Sorceress’, the first single taken from his forthcoming album, sees Jordan edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound his fans have come to know him for. "It’s about how the ego can fully control the way you act and perceive life,” he says.

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Bonobo Announces Bambro Koyo Ganda EP Shares “Bambro Koyo Ganda (Analog Version)” and New Song “Samurai”

Having just completed immensely successful tours in Europe and North America in support of his latest acclaimed record Migration, Bonobo has announced a new 3-song EP, out digitally, featuring an analog version of Migration favorite “Bambro Koyo Ganda,” which heavily features Moroccan by-way- of New York City band Innov Gnawa, and the completely new song “Samurai.” 

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