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Articles By Ben Ruegg

The Response - Single Review: Picture Undefined
17 Oct 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
The Response’s new song Picture Undefined is a blend of pop, alt rock and electronic music that works brilliantly. The guitar tone, the way it’s played and how the effects are layered help build an atmosphere which is wonderfully captured in the video shot by Johnny Knopp.
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Corduroy. - EP Review: Good Intentions
03 Oct 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Corduroy.’s new EP is a journey through that demonstrates the bands ability to write catchy songs that are also deep and entertaining.
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Arrays - Single Review: The Enemy
03 Oct 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
The Enemy is the new track from Arrays, the studio project headed up by JP Carroll. One of the most important elements of rock is to have a riff that stands out and cuts clear through the mix so you get a feel for the song.
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Violet Highway - Single Review: Shake My Head
03 Oct 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Violet Highway’s new song Shake My Head had me smiling. It’s nice and exciting to hear a band having fun and giving a nod to some of my favourite artists (which will remain anonymous).
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Paige - Single Review: Bloom
03 Oct 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Paige’s new song Bloom is like a throwback to some of the best RnB songs from the 2000's while still maintaining a modern feel to it thanks to its slick production. Tight vocals are front and centre here, but do not let that get in way to hear the exceptional instrumental track in the back.
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Medusa Glare - Single Review: A Mind Reborn
26 Sep 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Medusa Glare. Note that down.
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The Echo Ohs - EP Review: Wild Weeds
11 Sep 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Man, I love music. I love how it can take me back to different memories, times in my life and past experiences.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: Greetings from Sydney
11 Sep 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
In her latest track, Greetings From Sydney, Marina Bloom paints a delicate picture about the feelings of longing to spending time with another. It is an instant classic that ebbs and flows with dynamic.
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The RVMES - Single Review: Callin' My Name
31 Aug 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Context. It is everything.
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Kings - Gig Review: Kings @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 24/08/2019
25 Aug 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
If you had told me that the ‘sold out’ Kings show at the Tuning Fork in Auckland was the last date on his very first tour, I would have probably slapped you. Why?
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Geoff Ong - Single Review: All The Hours
23 Aug 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Geoff Ong's new single and video is a flashback to so much great 80's sounds, but yet it still sounds fresh like it's from Geoff. His unique approach to pop music is commendable.
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Corduroy. - Single Review: Good Intentions
23 Aug 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Corduroy. are releasing their newest single Good Intentions from their upcoming EP.
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Hybrid Rose - EP Review: Awkwardly Eccentric
13 Aug 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Hybrid Rose’s EP, Awkwardly Eccentric, is an enjoyable ride through different emotions. On the opening track Pearl, featuring Jahleel, the passionate lyrics and delivery take this song through different waves of emotion.
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Louis Baker - Gig Review: Louis Baker @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 9/08/2019
09 Aug 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Tight. That would be one of the simplest and most effective ways to describe Louis Baker's sound.
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BENEE - EP Review: Fire On Marzz
17 Jul 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Fire On Marzz. This EP is actually on fire.
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Stan Walker - Single Review: Give
11 Jul 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Stan Walker’s new single Give is a concrete example of how diverse and powerful his vocal ability is. I can feel him, feel his passion for change in our world, and his message about needing to be better yourself in order to see the change that you want to see.
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Kings - Single Review: Flex
09 Jul 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Flex is the new single from one of New Zealand's foremost hip-hop star, Kings. The Don't Worry 'Bout It hitmaker continues to prove that he is not just a one-hit wonder and his momentum does not seem to be stopping.
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BENEE - Gig Review: Benee @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 28/06/2019
28 Jun 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Benee knows how to own the stage. Tonight, playing at a sold-out Powerstation, she commands the stage in baggy pants and a light blue t-shirt.
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Ahjay Stelino - EP Review: Makes Me Smile
25 Jun 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Ahjay Stelino has written some fantastic songs that require to chill, find a comfy couch and listen to the way the music tells a story in each song. The is a lot of space, dynamically and instrumentally to allow for each song to breath.
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Randa - Single/Video Review: Rock Bottom
14 Jun 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Randa is back! The new track Rock Bottom is a funky track that will catch you off guard with its catchy hook in the chorus.
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Missy - EP Review: Strange
13 Jun 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
At 25, Missy is someone that you must keep on your radar. From the moment the EP starts, it is evident that Missy means business.
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Bailey Wiley - EP Review: Bailey Wiley
03 Jun 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
The Bailey Wiley EP is a fresh sound my ears needed to hear. To me, it feels totally inspired by the 90's soul and funk music of New Zealand.
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SHAYNA - Single Review: I Know
03 Jun 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
There is something about modern pop music that seems to resonate with so many people. I'm not entirely sure if it is to do with the general similarity between each pop hit that fills the airwaves that gives the listener that sense of 'having heard it before', or if it the lyrical content that, in most cases, is about getting drunk, regretting it and then singing about it.
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Hunt The Witch - Album Review: Strange Gods
16 May 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Stop what you are doing. Put down those headphones.
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Will Saunders - EP Review: Oh It's A Sound
09 May 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Will Saunders EP Oh, It's A Sound is an experience from start to finish.Beginning with the title track, machine-like drums reverberate and create a landscape in which guitars start to play all over.
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Geoff Ong - Single Review: Save Me The Weekend
19 Apr 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
Geoff Ong returns with a new pop banger, Save Me The Weekend. From the moment the track starts you are welcomed with all sorts of goodies for your ear if you choose to pay attention to the little details.
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*JOY* - Album Review: Moonboy
18 Apr 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
The opening track A Hard Blow Kiss sounds lo-fi and telephony at first. But it quickly opens up to become a sonic landscape of all sorts of frequency.
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Hybrid Rose - Single Review: Solitude Featuring Fanfickk
14 Apr 2019 // review by Ben Ruegg
From the moment this track builds, the imagery matches the synth sound. A familiar chord progression catches my ear.
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  • SENORITA
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