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Articles By Jason Peters

Pale Lady - Single Review: Never Gonna Be This Way Again
27 Aug 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Winners of the 2017 National Battle Of The Bands Pale Lady hit us with their latest creation called Never Gonna Be This Way Again. I can see why they won that competition because these young fellas know how to craft a tune and they're all kick ass at their chosen instruments.
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Quinn The Human - Album Review: Shade Queen
26 Jul 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Following on from their EP Mission Helsinki released in 2018, Quinn The Human release their first full length album Shade Queen and it doesn’t disappoint. A heady mixture of alternative and dessert rock with sprinkles of trademark Quinn humour and some sweet vocal harmonies to boot.
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Troy Kingi - Album Review: Holy Colony Burning Acres
23 Jul 2019 // review by Jason Peters
The third instalment of Troy Kingi’s 10/10/10 challenge has arrived (ten albums in ten genres over ten years) Holy Colony Burning Acres delves into the dark corners of worldly indigenous issues and politics, following in the footsteps of NZ’s politically charged Herbs and infused with empathetic Marley inspired consciousness. Troy has not only drawn upon issues that affect Maori in his homeland but broadened the narrative palette to include stories and challenges from his indigenous friends globally as well.
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Derek Browne - Album Review: Dreaming House
16 Jul 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Derek Browne - the talented singer and songwriter for dDub, a roots n rock brass infused collective that dominated festivals and airwaves in previous years with successful tunes Hesitate No, Quicksand and Medicine Man, now presents us with his latest and sadly final solo album called Dreaming House. Derek was tragically diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2018 and was told he had a matter of months to live; devastating news but through pure grit, determination and his unwavering love for music Derek set about recording what would be his departing album.
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Pluto - Single/Video review: Oh My Lonely
09 Jul 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Just when you thought this band were dead and buried, Pluto once again rise from the ashes and hit us with another sweet slice of Kiwi indie alt rock. These guys had two very successful singles from 2005’s album Pipeline Under The Ocean; Long White Cross and Dance Stamina and it’s great to hear almost 15 years later they still haven’t lost their knack for crafting cool pop sonic tunes that retain a groove.
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Troy Kingi - Single Review: Babylon Grows
01 Jul 2019 // review by Jason Peters
The first I’ve heard of this concept 10/10/10 (ten albums in ten genres over ten years) and it’s a very cool challenge for this talented artist to set, the next installment will be called Holy Colony Burning Acres which delves into the dark corners of worldly indigenous issues and politics, weighty subject matter indeed. First cab off the rank is single/video Babylon Grows.
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Sons Of Zion - Single Review: Come Home
19 Jun 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Come Home is the latest single by rising stars Sons Of Zion, coming off the huge success of previous single Drift Away. This new track sounds a lot like the rambunctious older sister to Drift Away.
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Soaked Oats - EP Review: Sludge Pop
13 Jun 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Soaked Oats are a quirky four headed indie beast hailing from the great southern city of Dunedin, a city that’s very well known for its plethora of fine alternative bands over the years, these guys carry on that tradition with their latest offering a 5 track EP called Sludge Pop.Sludge Pop kicks off with opening track Shuggah Doom, I really dig the dreamy guitar tones and laid back vocal delivery on this tune, this one reminds me of the band Pavement, with cool and witty lyrics like “Well it’s no wonder there’s thunder but don’t forget your lighting crew, yes if there’s a film going on then be sure it’s not all about you” the outro picks up the pace and builds into a sweet sonic blast of musical bliss.
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Tryptofunk - Album Review: Tranzendent Sheeeiit
04 Jun 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Tryptofunk open up their latest offering with album title track Tranzendent Sheeeiit, with a De La Soul vibe, slick production and catchy soul chorus, it guides the listener into this album very nicely and with some trademark Tryptofunk humour thrown in for good measure. Track two Freak The Funk Out steps up the pace with its groovy funky bass line.
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Checaine - Single/Video Review: Lead Not Follow
04 Jun 2019 // review by Jason Peters
They may have filmed their video in a garage, but Checaine are definitely not a garage rock band. Their latest single Lead Not Follow opens with a grunty riff and right from the get-go these guys obviously mean business.
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Young Lyre - EP Review: Providence
21 May 2019 // review by Jason Peters
Following on from 2015’s popular EP Weekend, Young Lyre have delivered another gorgeous slice of indie pop rock, reminiscent of Future Islands and Two Door Cinema Club these Auckland lads have crafted a cohesive catchy sound that hooks you in right from the get-go. The opening track and single Astore opens with catchy synths and a groovy bass line that propels the chorus along nicely, lyrically an autobiographical account of lead singer Jordan Curtis’s trip to Pakistan, a fantastic opening track with some really sweet vocal harmonies to boot.
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NZ Top 10 Singles

  • CIRCLES
    Post Malone
  • DANCE MONKEY
    Tones And I
  • SENORITA
    Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello
  • GOODBYES
    Post Malone feat. Young Thug
  • CATCHING FEELINGS
    DRAX Project feat. Six60
  • BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
    Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid
  • RANSOM
    Lil Tecca
  • OLD TOWN ROAD (REMIX)
    Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
  • THE GREATEST
    Six60
  • KIA MAU KI T? ?KAIP? / DON'T FORGET YOUR ROOTS
    Six60
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