15 Dec 2019
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Articles By J_Plates

AceTones - EP Review: More Ace!
22 May 2019 // review by J_Plates
Veteran eight-piece Ska ensemble AceTones follow up from their 2015 self-titled debut with their latest 6 track EP aptly titled More Ace!, and it’s filled to the brim with skank’n grooves and crunchy horn lines.
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Dual - Single Review: You're On Your Own
21 Apr 2019 // review by J_Plates
Inspired by the Madchester sounds of the late 80’s and early 90’s, Auckland Psychedelic Dance duo Dual deliver their latest euphoric single You’re On Your Own, infusing elements of bands like The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and The Stone Roses with their own contemporary Pop sensibilities. Officially released late February, the track received fantastic support including ‘Track of the Day’ on White Light/White Heat (IT), a feature on Happymag.
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ZÖ - Interview with ZÖ
16 Apr 2019 // interview by J_Plates
ZÖ is a new artist who’s set to release a small collection of songs, in which she sings candidly about her experiences and struggles in a way that lets others be vulnerable. Jeremy from Muzic.
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Sean Bodley - Interview with Sean Bodley
12 Apr 2019 // interview by J_Plates
Sean Bodley is a solo instrumental guitarist, and a former member of Tauranga act The Eternal Sea. Jeremy from Muzic.
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Hybrid Rose - Interview with Hybrid Rose
05 Apr 2019 // interview by J_Plates
Wellington based Hybrid Rose's musical character showcases the embodiment of too much sugar, too much spice and a little bit of underground flamboyance. Jeremy from Muzic.
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Eastern Bloc - Single Review: Rich Personality And Notorious Club Girls
04 Apr 2019 // review by J_Plates
Artur Aldridge aka Eastern Bloc unloads his debut single release via his own imprint, FOH Records. No stranger to the Club and House scene, the Ukrainian Producer / DJ has shared the bill with artists such as Fatboy Slim and Dusky during a string of festival events including Splore, Electric Gardens, and Rhythm and Vines.
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Cashek - Album Review: Rhythm And Resonance
24 Mar 2019 // review by J_Plates
Cashek is the alias of Electronic musician Floyd Pepper whose debut album Rhythm And Resonance, presents an array of emotive tracks brought into existence while backpacking throughout the USA, Mexico, and Guatemala towards the end of last year. The seven-track album provides the listener with a lush sonic journey, fusing various elements of Electronica ranging from chilled out down tempo, slices of broken beat, to more atmospheric and laid back arrangements and synth work.
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Anxiety Club - Interview: Anxiety Club
20 Feb 2019 // interview by J_Plates
Anxiety Club released their debut studio EP titled Black Heart in October 2018 and is about to embark on a three-date tour touching down in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch during March of this year. Kev (vocals, guitar) spoke to Jeremy from Muzic.
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Beacon Bloom - Single/Video Review: Materia
12 Feb 2019 // review by J_Plates
After the success of their debut track Jobim, which was picked up by a number of radio stations around the country; electronic explorers Beacon Bloom return with a brand-new production, presented via a live recording and accompanying video that was captured during their sell out launch show in November last year. The proclaimed track that spawned Beacon Bloom into existence, aptly titled Materia, features an array of lush synthesiser arpeggios, layered drums, atmospheric guitar work, and a reverb soaked vocal hook, combined and arranged to create an emotively upbeat, and promisingly expansive track; perfectly showcasing what one can expect from a Beacon Bloom live performance and future studio releases.
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Dead Little Penny - Single Review: Depression
25 Jan 2019 // review by J_Plates
Dead Little Penny rides on the wave of previously released singles U 4 Me and Honeycomb with their brooding new single and supporting video for Depression. With members Hayley Smith and Simon Buxton both originating from England, it is evident that their musical roots have crossed over, taking influence from a range of UK Shoegaze, Dream-Pop, and Post-Punk bands of decades past.
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Same Name Confusion - EP Review: In Theory
18 Jan 2019 // review by J_Plates
Wellington based & self-proclaimed Alternative Dance-Pop act Same Name Confusion present their latest collection of tracks via a compact and brilliantly delivered four track EP titled In Theory.In a world more frequently riddled with unusual chaos and complexity, SNC offer their genuinely unique perspective, incorporating a host of insightful ideas and observations buried within intelligently thought out lyrics, and emphasized by a catchy rhythm section that solidifies each track in its own modest way.
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Beacon Bloom - Single Review: Jobim
18 Dec 2018 // review by J_Plates
Beacon Bloom is the brainchild of musician Ryan Ferris with supporting member James Allen, drawing on the sonic cultures and experiences collected whilst travelling the globe in search of musical inspiration. Their debut promo single Jobim provides a stable basis of electronica infused with soul, funk, and pop sensibilities going beyond the 03:30 standard, and backed by a fittingly designed cover art which reinforces the tone of the track.
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North Shore Pony Club - EP Review: Abracadabra
11 Dec 2018 // review by J_Plates
It’s not too often that an artist such as North Shore Pony Club can seemingly rear its head up from the lurky shadows of the washy underground and swish shot a release that is so on target, it instantly leaves a trail of awe in its wake. Their latest EP Abracadabra achieves such a solid state, delivered via a smooth and consistent package of tracks while retaining the usual comically hyperbolic stylings that NSPC have become synonymous with over the past few years.
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Matthew J.Ruys - Single Review: People X People Feat. Speech
26 Nov 2018 // review by J_Plates
Those familiar with Matthew J. Ruys’s previous work may remember him best as Matty J; the RnB/Hip Hop vocalist, producer, and writer, whose music career kicked off in the early 90’s through his involvement with groups Houseparty, Fuemana and Strawpeople.
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Kong Fooey - Double Single Review: Believe Me & Giving Up On Love
23 Nov 2018 // review by J_Plates
Christchurch collective Kong Fooey comes across as a bit of an enigma.Their 2015 album Final Destination offers a wide range of styles and influences, blending Funk, Hip Hop, and Electronic genres presented under a more traditional band unit of revolving contributors.
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Tali - Album Review: Love & Migration
11 Nov 2018 // review by J_Plates
Tali releases her first full length Drum n Bass album since 2011’s Dark Days, High Nights, firmly planted on a label fans will undoubtedly know as synonymous with all things Soulful and Deep; Fokuz Recordings via Rotterdam, Netherlands. The “Liquid” Drum n Bass genre has become seemingly instilled with a certain genericism over the past few years; drum tracks often sounding like they’ve been plucked from the same static “sample pack of the moment”, and arrangements & instrumentation rarely taper off into unknown territory.
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Mazroy - Single Review: Ask Me Something
28 Oct 2018 // review by J_Plates
Electronic beat maker and shed enthusiast Mazroy debuts his latest single Ask Me Something, from an undisclosed location somewhere in Wellington. Although it’s a track oozing unique character and is equally interesting stylistically (fusing wonky Future Garage influenced beats, airy organic vocals, and a lush accompaniment of intelligently arranged pads and keyboards); the one unfortunate let down to the entire production is that it contains some serious “out-of-phase” issues, ultimately distracting from an otherwise brilliantly charming track.
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Max Jax Relax - EP Review: Max Jax Relax
23 Oct 2018 // review by J_Plates
Wellington based 3-piece Max Jax Relax debut two moody, stripped back productions oozing melancholy beyond their years. Taking a less is more approach, their first release gives the listener a solid prelude into what the lads are all about.
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Dharma Dan - Album Review: Doha
21 Oct 2018 // review by J_Plates
Dharma Dan drops us into his debut album Doha after years spent exploring meditation and contemplative practices. From the organically drawn self-portrait cover artwork, to the rawness of the production style; it is clear that this is a very honest and personal collection of material.
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