Spotlight Artist: Neil Finn

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/VL6m3N

Neil Finn’s status as a legendary Kiwi musician is really inarguable. His achievements span four decades and a body of masterful pop. Born in 1958 he joined Split Enz in the mid 1970s. By 1980 he was lead singer and made an impressive debut on the international scene writing and singing their first big worldwide hit “I Got You”. After an impressive body of work with Split Enz, he went on to found what became Crowded House. They went on to enjoy stellar success, including two massive hits “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Weather With You”. Since they split up in 1997 he has released four solo albums (Try Whistling This – 1998, One Nil – 2001, Dizzy Heights – 2014 and Out Of Silence last year) as well as many collaborations including ones with his brother Tim and his wife (forming Pyjama Club). We’ll enjoy lots of great hits as well as some lesser known tracks from Neil’s various career points over the week. We’ll kick it off after 1pm Monday with one of my favourites, “It’s Only Natural” off Crowded House’s penultimate and perhaps greatest album Woodface (1991).

Album of the Week: Sons of Zion – Vantage Point

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/

New Zealand Music Month continues with another great new release from Sons of Zion. These guys released their first album in 2009 and have really gone from strength to strength. They have stepped beyond their reggae origins to more of a pop sound, although the reggae vibes are still there. This is an album that brings a taste of summer with its cool vibes – we look forward to checking it out this week.

Tracklist:

1. Vantage Point

2. In The Sky

3. Early In The Morning (feat. Fiji)

4. Mash It Up (feat. Israel Starr)

5. So Bright

6. Same Old Me

7. Is That Enough (feat. Aaradhna)

8. Drift Away

9. Lessons

10. Black Hole

11. Leave With Me

12. Drift Away (remix)

13. Fill Me Up

14. I’m Ready

15. Now (feat. Slip-On Stereo)

15. Fill

New Music Friday: May 11th 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.

Frank Turner – 1933

We’ve been playing Mr Turner’s fantastic track “Make America Great Again” for a few weeks now. His new album is right up to that standard, filled with great songs with a political edge on many of them. The name of the track harkens back to the year the Nazis came to power in Germany, and is a punky reflection on the world today.

Middle Kids – Bought It

Middle Kids (Sydney trio) have released this nice debut album. Its filled with great catchy melodic rock, including this track Bought It.

 

 

Guns N’ Roses – Shadow Of Your Love

This is not exactly a new song – in fact its the first song Guns N’ Roses ever played together. The song didn’t make it onto their debut album Appetite For Destruction released in 1987. It has surfaced on a couple of singles as a B-Side but its now getting its due to promote a forthcoming full fat ultra deluxe release of the album packed with outtakes, demos etc. Its a great song!

Missy Higgins – Red Moon

Australian singer songwriter Missy Higgins has quite a body of work under her belt. This track comes from her recent album Solastalgia which hit number 3 on the Australian album charts (so far!). She’s a very talented lady – enjoy this song. Write up on the album in Stuff here.

Graace – Kissing Boys

Another single-songwriter from Sydney, this is Graace’s first solo release. Its a great little pop number to round out the week.

New Music Friday – 16 February 2018

Another great set of tracks on the hour every hour from 9am this Friday on NZ Net Radio.

 LOVA – You Me and the Silence

ANOTHER fine example of ‘Scandipop’, LOVA is a Swedish singer/songwriter whose debut single has a great hook – enjoy!

 Marshmello/Anne-Marie – FRIENDS

Sounds like the perfect recipe – mix producer of the hour Marshmello with English singer Anne-Marie (hits like Rockabye, Do It Right) and it is – enjoy this foot tapper! Kat Bein of Billboard says  “The English singer delivers a bossy performance that would put any dog’s tail between its legs, while Marshmello plays clever on acoustic guitar over a bumpin’ electronic beat and even works in some G-Funk, West Coast synth work.”

 

 Andrew W.K. – Ever Again

Andrew is a motivational speaker and ‘party guru’, whatever that means. He produced an album for the Japanese market back in 2009 (Gundam Rock). This single presages a forthcoming album. Nice single – perhaps this will be the breakthrough for this US artist who has been performing since the 1990s. Andrew describes the song as:

“A fantasy in which I imagine what it would be like to actually know the meaning of life — an ecstatic nightmare in which I’ve returned from the brink of annihilation, having clawed the Ultimate Insight from out of its hiding spot, and am finally able to solve the riddle of existence while I cry out in triumphant elation. The desire to possess this total internalized clarity — not only knowing what life really means, but actually feeling the Truth from the inside out — is a mirage for the mind, but a reality for the heart.”

Hmmm…

 Josie Dunn – Old School

Another new US singer-songwriter, Josie’s debut single “Old School” is a simple love song, based on the experience of seeing her parent’s love for each other. She told Digital Journal:

“They were born five days apart, and lived two blocks away from each other, and went to high school together, and got married after college. They had such a cool story, and I wanted my actual parents and my actual home to be in the video. That was such a fun experience,”

 The Teskey Brothers – Forever You &Me

Victorian (Australia) band The Teskey Brothers are described as “purveyors of smokey-voiced soul music”. We like this new single -hope you do too. They’re touring New Zealand in March – details here.