This song off Rae Morris’ new album Someone Out There is a stunning, simple song. Her multitracked harmonies rise over a simple piano backing track (the Guardian accurately found a hint of Bjork in her vocals). Very satisfying and a track we’re looking forward to including in our mix. More to come from this talented lady.
A cyclone is on the way but never fear, we have some fresh tracks getting a first spin, from both new and familiar artists. Every hour on the hour from 9 until 1pm we’ll be premiering a new record. Listen Here or follow us on Tunein .
George Ezra – Pretty Shining People
This is the second single off George’s forthcoming album staying at tamara’s. We’re already playing Paradise off the album from the Bristol-raised lad. Due in a couple of weeks its shaping up to be on a par with his first album (songs like Budapest and Blame It On Me). His voice is just phenomenal – when I saw a photo of him his appearance certainly didn’t match up with my expectation!
Paloma Faith – Make Your Own Kind Of Music
A recurring theme this week – another British artist, this one even more established than Mr Ezra, Paloma Faith’s first album came out in 2009. She debuted this song a couple of weeks ago live in a ‘secret concert’ in Hackney, East London. Its not a new song – it was most well known as a top 40 single for “Mama” Cass (of Mamas and Papas fame) in the 1960s. Faith’s version is enjoyable, and will become well known to UK TV viewers on – of all things – a Skoda car ad!
Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely
Across the Atlantic now to a three piece power pop band from Washington DC. Late last year they announced their fifth album was complete – presumably this single is a teaser. Lead singer Ben Thornewill says the inspiration from the song’s lyrics come from his Grandmother. She asked her mother during World War 2 why all the songs were so sad – she replied “Because everyone is so lonesome”. Love, or lack of – certainly is a universal theme in songs. I like the last verse:
Digging through another playlist
Searching for a piece of art
A Jackson Pollock
Some piece of gossip
Why can’t we tell them all apart?
Willa Amai – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Unusual for covers to make New Music Friday – this week we’ve got two! This is a cover of a Daft Punk song, with an interesting juxtaposition with her sponsor Quickbooks (producers of accounting software). Great number and look forward to hearing more from Willa.
Paul Rey – Soldier
Paul Rey is a Swedish artist who did well last year with a Snoop Dogg collaboration. The 25 year old released his first EP in 2015 and is mentored by the great Quincy Jones (although we don’t agree with his views on The Beatles). There are no signs of an album but with this son’s interesting take on the commitment of love. His fiance (they will marry this year) inspired the idea of her dedication being like that of a soldier who continues to struggle after the war is only. See what you think!
Scottish band CHVRCHES (@CHVRCHES) are building up to what should be a great album. We’re already enjoying Get Out which is a fantastic track. Yesterday they premiered My Enemy, a collaboration with Matt Berninger from The National – we’re already confident its going to be another favourite. Look out for this one in regular rotation!
We’ve just added this great track from UK band Yungblud (@yungblud). Its called Polygraph and although the song is a nice piece of pop-rock it has a more serious message.
It deals with the regret following a drunken night, and issues of consent – very topical.
Well howdy folks! Its Friday so time to spin some new tunes. Here’s our selection for this week, playing on the hour each hour from 9am.
Frenship – LOVE Somebody
Frenship are a US duo who met in a sports shop. They hit the charts for the first time in 2016 for a single called Capsize. They dropped this single earlier this month prior to heading off on tour. A nice unpretentious love song, this new music is designed to take them from from one hit wonder to greater things. We think this track is a step up, and a step in the right direction.
Sarah Blasko – Everybody Wants to Sin
Sarah’s new album Depth of Field has the critics raving, and rightly so. It is filled with delicate and sophisticated songs, and we’re already playing a couple. This one premiers for us this morning and strikes a different tone on the album, something to dance to. The Guardian described it as “Goldfrapp without the high heels”.
Twin Shadows – Saturdays Ft. Haim
Twin Shadows have been quiet for three years (perhaps related to a tour bus accident in 2015) but this single presages a new album Caer in April. Haim seem to be the golden touch at the moment, certainly on this nice track.
Greta Van Fleet – Highway Tune
This isn’t really a new release – Highway Tune was first released early in 2017 but was re-released on this EP along with other three songs from early 2017, and four new ones. Elton John has described Greta Van Fleet as his favourite new band. Amidst all the angst about the decline of rock, these guys are showing that dynamic new rock music isn’t dead. Of course its everywhere if you are willing to look!
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats- Coolin’ Out (feat. Lucius)
This track should put a smile on your face. We’re loving the honest rootsy sounds from artists like Chris Stapleton, Anderson East and Glen Hansard. It’s a bit like the savory to complement all that sweet pop! Of course the lead singer having a majestic beard also helps! The Night Sweat’s new album is shaping up to be another great listen.
Have we got a great New Music Friday for you! Five great tracks on the hour every hour from 9am Friday, getting their first spin on New Zealand Net Radio.
Rozzi – Uphill Battle
At the age of 19 Rozzi Crane was discovered by Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) and began touring with that band. She recently announced she’ll be releasing an album this year, and kicked off the process by releasing this single a few weeks ago. What a great voice! She told Billboard:
“We’re all complicated and complex in different ways and we all do and say things that challenge our partners,” Rozzi said. “It’s easy to feel disappointed or frustrated with yourself after an argument & for me that often led to feeling like I was too much, like an uphill battle. This song is saying, I know I’m am a lot to handle, but I’m okay with it, it’s who I am and it’s who we all are.”
Ryan Adams – Baby I Love You
Mr Adams began his solo career back in 2000, and made a splash with his song for song cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 a few years ago. He released this new song for Valentines Day, positive and joyful, a pleasant number.
Lauv – Getting Over You
Another Valentines Day release, however with a slightly less positive angle than Ryan Adams
But the truth is
I could spend my whole life getting over you
Moonga K. – Let Go
OK we’re a bit behind the 8 ball with this track – it came out last September but has just garnered more interest with the release of it’s album, Wild Solace. Moonga K. Kapambwe is a 22 year old musician from Botswana who performed in the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School in high school, and his musical career has grown from there. Great production and full of energy.
October – 1000 Eyes
Auckland based electronic artist October has released this follow on to All She Does Is Stare from last year. We’ll be playing this track a lot more.
See what we did there? 🙂
Bekon was a pretty mysterious character who produced a load of tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s much vaunted album DAMN – see this article for details.
Anyway he has quietly released a new album called GET WITH THE TIMES. Watch out for 17, one of the tracks which we’ll be spinning over the next week. You (probably) heard it here first!
We have five brand spanking new tracks which we’ll be playing through the day at the top of the hour, from 9am. They are:
Angie McMahon – Slow Mover
Angie is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne and this is her first single.
“‘Slow Mover’ is a song about putting energy into things that are worthwhile, and taking plenty of time to get to a good place. I’d spent a lot of time pining after love, but at this point my head was shifting, and what I actually wanted and needed was to pursue my music career.” – Angie McMahon in an interview with Forte magazine.
Sasha Sloan – Normal
Sasha has sung with Kygo and co-written songs with pop heavy-hitters Charlie XCX and Camila Cabello.
“I wrote ‘Normal’ at a time when I was partying a lot. I don’t think I realized it at the time, but I was avoiding all the real problems in my life by going out and pretending to be someone else,” Sloan tells Billboard. “I did this a lot in high school too — most of my life I’ve felt like an outsider so I would go to parties to feel like I fit in. There isn’t a single lyric in this song that isn’t true. I’ve definitely sang along to songs I hated and made out with guys I wasn’t really into just to seem cool. Normal is about wanting to blend into the crowd for a night and I hope someone out there can relate.”
Rae Morris – Atletico (The Only One)
Rae Morris is a British singer-songwriter. Atletico was released as a single in November 2017 in advance of her new (second) album, just out.
While premiering the song on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, Morris explained that it was recorded on May 28, 2016 in a studio in Beachwood Canyon. During the session, Fryars, the producer and co-writer of the track – and Rae’s current partner – was watching the Atletico vs. Real Madrid Champions League football match. Therefore, the name Atletico seeped into the session and the song was created around it. She further explained that the song itself was about “going on a night out and not doing yourself justice” by “meeting people and saying hi” and “being full of energy and dancing around the room”.
Avid Dancer – Little Bird
Jacob Dillan Summers (aka Avid Dancer) provides a great new pop number with a really ‘Beatlesque’ feel (although it was featured in The Sims 4 – Parenthood last year). As he told Buzzlands.la:
“I wrote this song after a series of tours: Reflecting on how many people I had met along the way,” Summer says. “Maybe we had a short and honest connection for just a moment. Maybe it was a person I bought a coffee from and shared a genuine, ‘I-could-know-you’ smile. Then, you know — off to the next place. All the people I’d see, like birds in the park: They just fly away to live their lives. To where? Who knows? Not even them.”
And last but not least …
Peking Duk – Wasted
The Australian electronic duo have come up with another catchy number, seemingly about drunken love! They premiered the song at The Falls festival last week.