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Articles By Chris Chick

Madeleine Howard - Interview with Madeleine Howard
15 Sep 2020 // interview by Chris Chick
Right from a young age, pop artist Madeleine Howard has been influenced by New Zealand’s talented female musicians. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa and Bic Runga, Madeleine has worked hard to develop her own unique and undeniably distinctive Kiwi sound.
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Jam Fish - Single Review: The Hermits Red Balloon
24 Aug 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Jam Fish’s new single The Hermit’s Red Balloon was released on the 14th August 2020. This song can only be described through golfing metaphors, the experience of listening to this song was like playing a shot beyond the horizon and hoping you make the green.
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Horror Story - Interview with Horror Story - Celebrating 20 Years
18 Aug 2020 // interview by Chris Chick
New Plymouth Punk-Rockers Horror Story are celebrating a milestone many can only dream of - 20 years. Ever since their first release Monsterpiece hit the airwaves in 2001, they have amassed an impressive 12 EP and album releases, infiltrated NZ's music TV, recorded a Misfits cover, featured in numerous compilations and achieved much, much more.
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Fornax Chemica - Album Review: Audio Vision
06 Aug 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat, creating, producing, and performing an album is a massive undertaking in itself. I am always impressed by any musician who is able to accomplish this, no matter the genre or the instruments they play (the more the better I say) this is why longevity within the music industry is not to be ignored when embracing all aspects of artists you love, and those you find hard to love.
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Iveta & Simone - Single Review: I'm Only Focused On You
15 Jul 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Intense and full of bravado, as soon as the first piano chord hammered over my speakers, I jumped to attention like a well drilled private awaiting his first taste of action. Without any hesitation this private felt the need to start running towards the battle with no second thought for my own safety, willed on by the heavy baseline that accompanies the just as strong willed lyrical content.
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Mini Simmons - Single Review: Travelling Show
12 Jul 2020 // review by Chris Chick
With a skip in my step, bounding my way through Trafalgar Square making my way to the center of the world as I knew it, London Town, this brand new single by Mini Simmons is, as they say in London, ruddy bloody good. I love songs that take me back to bygone days of freedom and an ignorance that only a young 20 year old called entangle into his swagger.
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Hummucide - Single Review: Reacher
25 Jun 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Picture a wonderfully blissful day, slow wanderings around the park as it blooms fully into the start of a new creation, beckoning good will and tidings to all that seek it. With that picture in mind, now listen to the new single from Hummucide Reacher and transcend the only way possible from the vibe that jazz music can only touch.
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Whaea Stylz - Single Review: North Star
11 Jun 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Whenever anyone makes the plunge into Reggae style music, you just know you are in for a treat, and there is no difference here with Whaea Stylz latest single North Star; an infused reggae beat that is guaranteed to get you moving even those muscles you never knew existed. I was really drawn in by the range of instruments, especially the piano, I thought its use really added to the song.
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Found Family - Single Review: Alive
27 May 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Again, New Zealand music goes and surprises me, and in a good way. It reminds me of my trip to a well-known hot pool resort in the South Island; I arrived there with my little buddy that I mentor and saw the price of entrance.
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Phil Stoodley - Single Review: Undercover
13 May 2020 // review by Chris Chick
I was pleasantly surprised when I was reminded that I also reviewed Phil Stoodley's work 7 years ago. This was like a coming of age moment and having recently returned to the duties of music reviewing, I thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgia of that memory.
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Terrence & The Optimistics - EP Review: Groovy Baby
07 May 2020 // review by Chris Chick
As an eternal optimist, the chance to review a band with that term implanted into their vibe was an easy decision. Some would say that this is a recipe for bias reviewing, I would rather see it as a an extra brownie point before I had even cracked open the computer salivating in anticipation for some retro nostalgic soul grooves of the 60’s and 70;s, not that I was there in person, only in spirit.
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City of Souls - Interview: City Of Souls
01 May 2020 // interview by Chris Chick
Auckland alt-rock outfit City Of Souls have dropped their mammoth 16 track debut album Synaesthesia. Chris Chick from Muzic.
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Coridian - Interview with Coridian
17 Apr 2020 // interview by Chris Chick
In their own words, Coridian describe themselves in this way; "take fireball vocal powerhouse Dity and the hard hitting, harder grooving Raven brothers, bind them together and you get Coridian. It's the four-piece Auckland based who are fast becoming one of the best new names in Kiwi rock".
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Papercity - Single Review: Feel
14 Apr 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Feel is the second single from Papercity since their debut track Plastic and this one is a rasper. I came into this review on a very neutral playing field and as soon as the song started I was hooked.
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Foley - Interview: Foley
01 Apr 2020 // interview by Chris Chick
Foley (Ash Wallace & Gabriel Everett) have been riding the wave of excitement for the last two years as they added to their impressive backlog of gigs, which included the Rhythm and Vines festival, and gigs for their two single releases Settle and Talk About It. Chris Chick from Muzic.
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Shady Brain Farm - EP Review: Orange to Red
13 Mar 2020 // review by Chris Chick
Shady Brain Farm have played together as a group off and on for the last 20 years, with all the members living in the Northwest Auckland area of Kumeu, Waimauku and Muriwai Beach. The music they make reflects this West Coast beach vibe.
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Ria Hall - Interview with Ria Hall
28 Feb 2020 // interview by Chris Chick
Ria Hall is one of Aotearoa music's most respected mana wahine. On 28 February she marked an important milestone with the release of her stunning new album Manawa Wera.
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Lexytron - Newsletter Interview: Lexytron
18 Feb 2020 // interview by Chris Chick
Lexytron, the new alternative rock outfit have been working on their debut album here in NewZealand, Something Blue. Due to be released on all good streaming platforms on 20 March 2020, Something Blue crosses genres, flinging the dirt and danger of rock n roll against the bleeding heart and melody of Mozart.
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Beacon Bloom - Single Review: Little Kingdom
15 Jan 2020 // review by Chris Chick
The one aspect of music reviewing I love the most, is finding out about new musicians, the depth of talent that New Zealand has is astounding and very exciting. Beacon Bloom, I applaud you and your efforts, and that is not just because you are based in Christchurch, even though that gets extra brownie points.
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Ghetto Sunrise - Ghetto Sunrise Album Review
15 Jun 2014 // review by Chris Chick
I was embellished into their music after their first release One Drop Love EP. The mix of reggae, dub, and ska was a delight to the ear.
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Fictional Response - Scarred Single Review
02 Dec 2013 // review by Chris Chick
Wham bam thank you man, this song is a rasper. What do I mean by that?
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Supervillains (RMC) - SVRMC EP Review
09 Sep 2013 // review by Chris Chick
I love taking on new challenges, I put my head down and meet the oncoming collision without any thought for my well being.  When I was given this assignment, I made a few trips to the world of the internet, to research this chaps, to assume the attack position.
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Swamp Thing - Swamp Thing Live @ Churchill Tavern, Christchurch 18/08/13
19 Aug 2013 // review by Chris Chick
50 people certainly became fans of Swamp Thing, if they had not already been fans. The biggest travesty of this memorable evening is the fact that these two master musicians are not playing to larger crowds, and in my mind taking somewhere like the USA by storm with their blues, rockabilly, bluegrass, and rock vibe.
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Swamp Thing - Primordium Album Review
07 Aug 2013 // review by Chris Chick
If you have never heard of this band, its hard to imagine that it’s a twosome with the full sound they seem to generate. The first thing that struck me was the presence of the singer’s voice.
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Ghetto Sunrise - One Drop Love EP Review
22 Jul 2013 // review by Chris Chick
Yes, yes and yes is my new formula for a thing of beauty. This short 6 song EP is a thing of beauty that brought my senses to an almost orgasmic state.
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The Drab Doo Riffs - Aquatic Ape Theory EP Review
28 Jun 2013 // review by Chris Chick
Overall this concept EP left me feeling very flat and not at all inspired, but there were some highlights that perked up that interest. If you’re a fan of the movie Pulp Fiction there is a similar sound radiating from The Drab Doo Riffs.
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The Phoenix Foundation - Fandango Album Review
12 May 2013 // review by Chris Chick
No relation to the pro wrestler, The Phoenix Foundation bring us their newest collaboration of music Fandango. The first track Black Mould sets up the whole album, a hypnotic, lazy boy afternoon in the sun experience, preferably with a view of glistening snowy mountain tops, which fortunately is never to far away when you are in the South Island.
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Alizarin Lizard - Do You Just Want Me To Watch You? Album Review
29 Apr 2013 // review by Chris Chick
The beautiful aspect of music is its charming way of bringing out nostalgic value to the listener. From the first chord, to the Damon Albarn strain radiating across the sound waves, the Lizards hit the right chord.
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Phil Stoodley - No Surprise Album Review
25 Feb 2013 // review by Chris Chick
Phil Stoodley brings his debut album No Surprise via a humble free download from his website http://www.philstoodley.
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Transistors - Dirty Diver Single Review
14 Feb 2013 // review by Chris Chick
This song brought about an array of mixed feelings with regards to its total output. The best way to describe this journey is in the shape of a roller coaster that begins with a lengthy climb only for the initial drop and adrenaline rush to be cut short so prematurely.
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Ekko Park - Becoming The Enemy Single Review
03 Feb 2013 // review by Chris Chick
If I was able to achieve metamorphosis I would love to transform into a rock chick, stand in the front row of the next Ekko Park show, and portray my love to them in the only way possible, the way Tom Jones was so used to for all those years at the top. Unfortunately for those guys and you male readers I am not a rock chick (I do wish I could wear some of their fashion garments) but a chap who loves his music and is constantly impressed by the level of brilliant music that the New Zealand industry is bringing out.
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Papercity - Time Will Find You Single Review
07 Jan 2013 // review by Chris Chick
What struck me straight away with this song was its remarkable capabilities to transcend me back into my late teens with only 10 seconds of the song, hours wasted playing Tony Hawks pro skater knowing all the words to such bands as Bad Religion, Papa Roach and more unknown British bands as Kneehigh, Waiting for Taylor, Gash and more recently amongst the American scene, Yellow Card springs to mind. The opening is in your face, very gritty, and makes you stand up and take notice.
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The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion Album Review
18 Dec 2012 // review by Chris Chick
I entered this assignment blind and was pleasantly surprised by what I encountered. This the second album by The Ruby Suns.
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NZ Top 10 Singles

  • WAP
    Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior
  • SAVAGE LOVE (LAXED - SIREN BEAT)
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
  • LAUGH NOW CRY LATER
    Drake feat. Lil Durk
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • GO CRAZY
    Chris Brown And Young Thug
  • MOOD SWINGS
    Pop Smoke feat. Lil Tjay
  • SWEET & SOUR
    Jawsh 685 feat. Lauv And Tyga
  • ROCKSTAR
    DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
  • HEAD & HEART
    Joel Corry feat. MNEK
View the Full NZ Top 40...
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