Active since the early 2000s, Christchurch-born purveyor of genre-bending soul hip-hop Ladi6 started out in all-girl crew Sheelahroc, but quickly made a name for herself with her sophisticated combination of sultry vocals, razor sharp beats and cosmic synths.
After a long silence, Ladi6 has shared “Royal Blue,” taken from the highly anticipated Royal Blue 3000 EP. This electronic-tinged yet soulful track is an interesting take on dancehall grooves with a twist.
On the EP, producers Parks and Brandon Haru have managed to expand on Ladi6’s sound by pairing minimalist atmospheric beats with warm, heartfelt vocals. The result sounds fresh and new despite its clear nods to early funk and hip-hop.
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Anna of the North is a collaborative project between Anna Lotterud, an electropop artist from Norway, and New Zealand-born producer Brady Daniell-Smith. The two happened to live in Australia a few years ago and they met at a show in Melbourne. They hit it off and started working together over Skype, which led to debut single “Sway”, released in 2014.
The song became an internet hit and was quickly followed by singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer”, “Baby” and most recently “Us”, which all together racked up over 40 million streams. Anna of the North also caught the attention of tastemakers such as Fader, NYLON or Noisey and picked up considerable airplay on Australia’s Triple J Radio and BBC’s Radio 1.
Released on Honeymoon/Different Recordings, brand new single “Oslo” was premiered in early January and is the official version of the track which surfaced online as a demo and has grown to be a fan favourite. It’s an icy, dark, chamber-pop tune which perfectly blends 80s tinged synths with beautifully delivered vocals.
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Phillipa ‘Pip’ Brown, better known as the one-woman synthpop act Ladyhawke, has just released her third studio album Wild Things, her first new material since 2012’s Anxiety. Unlike previous hits “Sunday Drive” and “Blue Eyes” which were influenced by classic rock and quite guitary, the new songs ditch the brooding for a “more synthy and poppy” sound. “I instantly knew when something inspired me. That’s when we’d run with it,” she said of working with with producer Tommy English.
Wild Things is a slick, well-produced album which delves further into synth-pop territory than any of her previous work. With massive hooks and infectious choruses galore, this exhilarating journey of unabashed exuberance is a powerful, vibrant expression of life.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra is an American and New Zealand rock band composed of singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait and drummer Riley Geare. The band was started by New Zealand-born Ruban Nielson and released their self-titled debut, inspired by insomnia and wild parties, in June 2011 on Fat Possum Records. It was followed by II (2013, Jagjaguwar) which won Best Alternative Album at the New Zealand Music Awards.
Released just a few weeks ago, Multi-Love is the band’s third and most revolutionary full-length to date. In Nielson’s own words, it is an album “about love and music and the world we live in right now. I wrote these songs about you, not about me. It’s not really a navel gazing record, it’s about celebration and the weird truth”.
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Following her multi-award winning self-titled debut album, Ladyhawke released her highly awaited sophomore album Anxiety last May to unanimously positive reviews. Check out the video for her brand new single “Blue Eyes”, filmed at the iconic Oceano Dunes in California earlier this year under the careful guise of director Jess Holzworth.
Want more? Listen to the first two singles taken off the new album “Sunday Drive” and “Black, White & Blue” here and here and grab a free remix below…
Ladyhawke - Sunday Drive (Villa Remix)
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