Spotlight Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3NS

With a name that must frustrate spell-checkers everywhere, Lynyrd Skynyrd have achieved recognition for bringing “Southern Rock” to the forefront in the early 1970s. Their hard rocking image was backed by the songwriting talents of leader Ronnie Van Zant. They formed in high school, their name being a mockery of teacher Leonard Skinner (who didn’t like long hair). They played live for a few years without much success before they were spotted by producer Al Kooper who produced their first album Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd. “Free Bird” off that album was a big success. Dedicated to Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers (who had died in a motorbike crash in 1971) the song became legendary through radio airplay. Their second album (Second Helping, 1974) went multi-platinum and featured the 70s standard “Sweet Home Alabama”.

The band released several more albums over the next few years until on October 17 1977 band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and his sister Cassie were tragically killed in a plane crash. In those few short years however they produced quintessential Southern Rock. We look forward to enjoying a selection this week.

Album of the Week: Rita Ora – Phoenix

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/

 

Rita Ora’s new album has been greeted with universal acclaim. Six years in the making (due to legal disputes with her label) a lot of the album feels familiar. This is a function of the streaming age, with singles being dropped over time. We’ve been listening to the late Avicii with Rita on “Lonely Together” and “For You” from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack for a fair while now but there are plenty of new treats here. NME described it accurately as “a confident pop gem that stands tall on its own”. We look forward to it this week.

New Music Friday: 22nd November 2018

Its Friday so its time for five brand new tracks to get their first spin on the hour every hour from 9am. We’ll keep playing these tracks on New Zealand Net Radio, home of streaming radio ad free 24/7 throughout New Zealand.

Hozier – Movement

 

 

 

 

 

Mumford & Sons – Beloved

 

 

 

 

 

Lennon Stella – Fortress

 

 

 

 

 

Rita Ora – Velvet Rope

 

 

 

 

 

Lastlings – Deja Vu

 

 

 

 

 

Album of the Week: Mumford & Sons – Delta

Loving the new Mumford & Sons album – look out for three more tracks tomorrow morning – or listen below!

Spotlight Artist: Fleet Foxes

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3NS

The Fleet Foxes are an ‘indie folk’ band from Seattle, USA. Their first big impression was with their 2008 EP Sun Giant. Since then they’ve gained a great reputation building a body of beautiful melodic folk. To celebrate the recent release of their box set First Collection 2006-2009 we’ll be enjoying great music from across their musical career.

Album of the Week: Mumford and Sons – Delta

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/

Mumford and Sons surprisingly achieved huge success in the 2000s with banjo strumming folk, against all the odds. Their 2015 album Wilder Mind ‘electrified’ them to mixed responses. This album continues their evolution with new sounds, although lead single “Guiding Light” still has the banjo-esque sound. This album has received some mixed reviews, however trust us – there are some great and varied tunes here.

New Music Friday – 16th November 2018

Its Friday so its time for five brand new tracks to get their first spin on the hour every hour from 9am. We’ll keep playing these tracks on New Zealand Net Radio, home of streaming radio ad free 24/7 throughout New Zealand.

NOURI – Where Do We Go From Here

New Zealand’s latest pop star . . . now based in LA. Hope her dreams come through – certainly a great first single.

 

 

Jonas Blue, Jessie Reyez, Juan Magan – Wherever You Go

From the British DJ’s first album, another great track from a nice selection of recent and new tracks.

 

 

 

dodie – If I’m Being Honest

From her forthcoming EP Human,  dodie is an English singer-songwriter from Essex.

 

 

 

Leisure – Feeling Free

An awesome summer track from the Kiwi (Auckland) quintet.

 

 

 

 

Tom Odell – If You Wanna Love Somebody

Quite a classy English songwriter who has been releasing music since 2012, Tom Odell hasn’t made too much of an impact in New Zealand. His new album Jubilee Road has some pretty classy music on it. We’ll be adding more tracks in coming weeks.

Spotlight Artist: The Eagles

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3NS

The Eagles have certainly had their share of compilations over the year. Recently they released a big box set of all their studio albums, three live disks and a collection of single cuts and b-sides. It seems a good excuse to enjoy revisiting the band from Los Angeles. Formed in 1971 the band went on to release six albums in the 1970s, spawning five number one singles, six Grammy’s and five number one albums. After breakup in 1979 (saying they would only perform together again if “hell froze over”) they got back together for 1994’s ‘Hell Freeze’s Over’ tour, which yielded a number one live album and video.

Some don’t like them – perhaps too smooth, or just too overexposed/successful, but there is no doubt that we love their body of great music. Let’s enjoy some this week.

Album of the Week: Imagine Dragons – Origins

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/

Only a couple of years after the smash hit album Evolve comes Imagine Dragons’ fourth album, 12 tracks of solid pop rock, written to conquer the charts. Although the singles don’t seem quite as strong as the last album this is still a great listening experience, if you enjoy melodic thumping rock.

New Music Friday – 9th November 2018

Its Friday so its time for five brand new tracks to get their first spin on the hour every hour from 9am. We’ll keep playing these tracks on New Zealand Net Radio, home of streaming radio ad free 24/7 throughout New Zealand.

Whew – massive week. We’ve already added a fantastic track from Indie band Sunflower Bean (“Come For Me”), and all this to look forward to – and more new tracks coming on the weekend. NZ Hip Hop/Rap artist Kings has put out a great new album with a huge range of sounds. We’re not into the rap stuff, but we love “Carry You”!

Tarn PK – Talk To You

 

 

 

 

 

Galantis – Emoji

 

 

 

 

 

Kings – Carry You

 

 

 

 

 

Ellie Goulding & Diplo – Close To Me

 

 

 

 

 

H.E.R. – Carried Away