INTERVIEWS

Exposed: Jahra Rager (Interview)

When a practitioner is functioning at a high level, there is an undeniable poetry to movement and a real physicality to wordplay. If you can successfully bring these two disciplines together as one, the possibilities are jaw-dropping. Through her mixed-medium efforts in dance and poetry, West Auckland’s Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala is well on her way…

EXPOSED: JessB

Central Auckland rapper Jess B has bravado on lock, just check her lyrics for proof. She’s raising eyebrows, and she’s raising hell. You’ll find her in the back of the club where her fine ladies at. She’s Nike with the swoosh. She ain’t with that Jess B gotta chill shit. She’s that thunder. She’s been…

Alt-j reveal their melodically bleeding hearts (Interview)

Alt-j are a band who are impossible to put in a box – with the release of their third album Relaxer we were met with a brand new offering, challenging genres and the preconceptions we had in our heads. The 40-min rollercoaster is perfectly poised, symmetrically adroit, and brave. Whether you class the group as art-electro, math…

Real Talk with Lil Yachty (Interview)

19 year old Atlanta-native Lil Yachty is one of the most polarising figures in hip-hop as of late. Miles Parks McCollum’s music is colourful and melodic, two traits that don’t sit naturally with all rap traditionalists, and has risen to be a topic of both criticism and critical acclaim in the blogosphere. His strong branding, quirky personality…

Inside The Digital Puppetry of The Gorillaz (Interview)

Secrecy is everything when you talk about the Gorillaz, choosing to appear only in avatar form if ever they appear at all. Conceived in the late 90s with an array of new wave spits, the animation experts have dropped their new album Humanz, featuring an epic line-up from Grace Jones, Mavis Staples, Danny Brown, De…

Slumberjack’s Top Kiwi Picks

Coming in hot and heavy, Slumberjack are due to touch down in New Zealand and Australia for their ‘Fracture Tour.’ With their latest track ft. Vera Blue sitting at almost a million streams and topping the tripleJ charts – their brand new live show is one not to miss. With online support from world-renowned tastemakers including…

Tapz: Frequent Flyer

If you haven’t seen Tapz (formerly Young Tapz) dominating stages at festivals in New Zealand or Australia, you might have seen him flashing his cheeky grin in some fashion editorial, or heard his optimistic trap-rap in a Russian extreme sports video. A rapper, producer, graphic designer, and model, over the last four years Tapz has built…

Onehunga Alley-Oop: The Spycc & INF Interview

Equally inspired by their home suburb, and the storied West Coast US rap scene, Onehunga’s SWIDT crew are some of the most colourful characters currently active in the New Zealand rap scene. They’re Hawaiian shirt rocking jokers who’ll bust your balls with a comedy routine one minute, before going off on a serious music or…

The rapid rise of SACHI (INTERVIEW)

Auckland production duo SACHI (Nick Chrisp and Will Thomas) are one of the most sought after young electronica acts in New Zealand. While things might look like they’ve come quickly for them, SACHI got their spark playing rock music together at a young age. In recent years, they’ve spent time recording at Red Bull Studios…

Become Human with Glass Animals

It’s never half full when it comes to Glass Animals. The British indie pop quartet serves up songs fit for a stoner with lyrics around mayonnaise and pork soda inspiring a hurl burger though catchy and refreshing as hell. Their wonderfully wonky sophomore album ‘How To Be a Human Being’ was a lifestyle study based…