Tag Archives: New Zealand

saturday nite with… KIMBRA + MARK FOSTER + A-TRAK

KIMBRA MARK FOSTER A-TRAK

What happens when you put NZ songstress Kimbra, Foster the People frontman Mark Foster and Quebec electro sensation A-trak in a studio for a week? They put together a ridiculously punchy new track, complete with syncopated beats and synths galore.

Kimbra + Mark Foster + A-trak - Warrior     

“Warrior” is the latest track in the Converse Three Artists – One Song series, which has seen collaborations from the likes of James Murphy, Andre 3000 and Gorillaz on “DoYaThing”, Santigold, Julian Casablancas and Pharrell Williams on “My Drive Thru” or Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy and Andrew W.K. on “I’m a Goner”.

The song was released on April 5th and it’s available as a free download from the official Converse Plug into Color website.

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS – YOUNG BLOOD (Indie/SynthPop – New Zealand)

The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous are a five-piece indie band hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. They formed in 2008 when Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith recorded two EPs with engineer Aaron Short, a fellow student at Auckland’s MAINZ music college. In 2009, they recorded the single “All of This” and Aaron Short became a performing member of the band, later joined by Jesse Wood (drums) and David Beadle (bass) as full-time members.

To this day, their 2010 single “Young Blood” remains, by far, their most widely known tune. Upon its release, the single shot straight to number one on the New Zealand chart and over the next months it was remixed by a number of high profile artists, including Chiddy Bang, Dave Sitek, White Sea and Melbourne’s own Strange Talk.

The Naked and Famous - Young Blood (Strange Talk Remix)     

“Young Blood” was then included on the band’s debut album, Passive You Agressive Me, which was recorded mostly at home and at Auckland studio The Lab,  and released in September 2010 on TNAF’s own label, Somewhat Damaged.

If you like what you hear, check out the band’s official site or Facebook. Buy the music on BandCamp or The Naked and Famous

LADYHAWKE – BLACK WHITE & BLUE (Pop/Rock – New Zealand)

Ladyhawke

Following her multi-award winning, critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Ladyhawke finally shares the first single from her sophomore album, Anxiety, due out next March on Modular.

“Black White & Blue” was written and produced by Ladyhawke, aka Pip Brown, alongside long time collaborator Pascal Gabriel (who has also worked with Miss Kittin, Goldfrapp, Peaches, Little Boots amongst others). Stream it below, or get your copy digitally via iTunes (Australia and New Zealand only for now).

Show Ladyhawke some love on MySpace or Facebook and check out her official site for updates on the new album. Download the music on

KIMBRA – TWO WAY STREET (ElectroPop – New Zealand)

Kimbra

Kiwi songstress Kimbra had a pretty great 2011, being featured on “Somebody That I Used To Know”, the Gotye song that has 46 million views on Youtube! She also won the New Zealand Critics’ Choice awards 2011 and an ARIA for Best Female Artist. On top of that Kimbra’s debut album Vows was released last summer down under and shot straight to #3 in her home country and #5 in Australia.

To kick off 2012 in high style the 21-year-old artist has just released her new single “Two Way Street” as well as a remix by Aussie minimal-house prodigy Beni, who gives the song an implacable pulsating beat to take the party right onto the dancefloor.

Kimbra - Two Way Street (Beni Remix)     

Find Kimbra on MySpace or check out her official site for news and tour dates. Buy her music on

VIDEO : ZOWIE – BROKEN MACHINE (Pop – New Zealand)

This is not the first time Kiwi electropop sensation Zowie is mentioned on this blog. You might remember the explosive video for her single “Bite Back”, or maybe the irresistible beat of her most recent hit “Smash It”, released last October. You thought you’d seen it all, well think again!

Let’s just go back in time a little and rediscover “Broken Machine”, the song that made everyone fall in love with Zowie in the first place. The video for this sugar-coated pop anthem was directed by NZ combo Special Problems (also behind stunning videos for Jonathan Boulet, The Naked & Famous, Midnight Juggernauts) and was recently nominated at the New Zealand Music Awards in the best video category! Watch it and fall in love all over again.

Zowie - Smash It (The Slips Remix)     

Zowie - Broken Machine (RAC Remix)     

Be sure to check out Zowie’s official site and MySpace for more news and music! If you like what you hear, buy it on