IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to March 10: Introducing the Taite Music Prize finalists

IMNZ Newsletter
We have a huge array of lovely new releases this week, with some other goodies in the pipeline. You can also read about a bit of a Harlem Shake hiccup. And this week we start taking a look at the excellent  albums which comprise the finalists in the Taite Music Prize 2013. 

Week To Thursday, 7 March 2013
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 4 74 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
2 2 17 Treble And Reverb Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
3 5 19 Light Years Kora /Rhythm/DRM gold x1
4 7 161 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop /Rhythm/DRM plat x2
5 6 4 Girl Songs @Peace /FMG
6 9 45 Home Brew Home Brew /FMG
7 10 183 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop /Rhythm/DRM plat x9
8 8 5 II Unknown Mortal Orchestra /Rhythm
9 3 2 Motivation Tyree MTC
10 12 23 Whitiora Maisey Rika /Border/DRM
11 11 105 On The Road Again: Deluxe Edition Katchafire Katchafire gold x1
12 13 177 KORA KORA /Border/DRM plat x2
13 67 The Horrifying Truth I Am Giant I Am Giant gold x1
14 15 69 Covers Album 1814 /Ode/DRM
15 14 22 Relax 1814 /Ode/DRM
16 18 47 Second Hand Planet Opshop Siren plat x3
17 38 The Rose Tint: Deluxe Edition David Dallas Dirty/FMG
18 16 153 Jah Rydem 1814 /Ode/DRM gold x1
19 20 7 @Peace @Peace /FMG
20 7 Our New Life Above The Ground Avalanche City LTPS

Taite Music Prize 2013

Spotlight on the Taite Music Prize 2013 finalists

Before you start reading, here’s a Spotify playlist of selected tracks by the Taite Music Prize finalists to accompany you: Taite Music Prize 2013 playlist

@Peace – ‘@Peace’
@Peace coverYoung Gifted & Broke brought forth the next wave of artists behind Home Brew with the release of @Peace’s criti­cally acclaimed self-titled album. Featuring Tom Scott (Home Brew) and Lui Tuiasau on vocals, @Peace won over bloggers with their debut album which featured a musical soundscape laid down by Christoph El Truento(Wonderful Noise)Hayden “Dandruff” Dicky, and Brandon Haru, with renowned Wellington beat maker Benny Tones charged with mastering the tracks. They have recently returned with their latest release, a 10-track conceptual EP about a failed relationship – aptly named Girl Songs.  The new album shot straight to #1 on iTunes and bandcamp.

Aaradhna – ‘Treble and Reverb’
Aaradhna coverAaradhna released her highly anticipated album ‘Treble & Reverb’ on November 9th, reminding us of the gaping hole she left when she took a break from the industry not long after releasing her sophomore album, Sweet Soul Music in 2008. Her first single ‘Wake Up’ was the #1 most played NZ song for a good while, and still holds firm in the radio charts. The track is a plea to herself, penned around the time she realised life was passing her by and that she was ready to get back in the game. “At the time I was listening to Amy Winehouse,” says Aaradhna. “I used to go to her Back to Black album; I’d repeat it all day because I connected with all her music. The thing I liked about it was that she didn’t care about what other people said, and she really spoke her mind…that’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to make music that I could really say what I wanted to say.” Aaradhna also found influence for her Soul-driven “retro/metro” sound from some of the greats such as Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Rave reviews of the album paved the way for the rising star’s recently announced US record deal with Republic Records – the same label as the late Amy Winehouse.

Week To Thursday, 7 March 2013
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 Tell Her Sons Of Zion TheMusicAgency/DRM
2 1 19 Never Leave Me Again Opshop /DRM gold x1
3 2 28 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1
4 5 13 Good Love Sons Of Zion TheMusicAgency/DRM
5 6 7 Winner Ria feat. Spawnbreezie M4U/Pure/DRM
6 4 6 Be With You Deach feat. Pieter T Empire
7 7 84 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 1 Issues Jed And Hera /DRM
9 3 21 Lost Six60 And The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Massive gold x1
10 2 Holiday Massad LTPS

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Week To Sunday, 10 March 2013
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 19 Never Leave Me Again Opshop /DRM gold x1
2 2 16 Good Love Sons Of Zion TheMusicAgency/DRM
3 3 9 Be With You Deach feat. Pieter T Empire
4 6 8 Fighter Tyree feat. Stella And Sid Diamond MTC
5 4 5 Holiday Massad LTPS
6 7 3 Winner Ria feat. Spawnbreezie M4U/Pure/DRM
7 5 28 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1
8 9 5 Great Man Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
9 8 5 Pretty Lady BrownHill DawnRaid/FMG
10 1 No Sympathy Sid Diamond MTC

International and Industry Action

Mark Vanilau, the Christchurch artist who won a Wildcard Making Tracks funding round on , was recently featured on Coldplay’s web site, with the video for his song ‘Giant of the Sea’ becoming one of the top 25 videos on the site. Vanilau will be performing in the Garden City next month as part of the Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival. He’ll play with Warren Maxwell (TrinityRootsFat Freddy’s Drop,Little Bushman) and solo artist Louis Baker on Friday 5 April in the Geo Dome in North Hagley Park.  Tickets are available for $40 from
Further information about the festival can be found at

Shapeshifter have announced the release date of their fifth studio album ‘Delta’ for May 31, 2013.  The album was recorded between Berlin, Woodhill and Wellington and is a follow-up to the band’s 2009 release, ‘The System Is A Vampire’.  Their new single Gravity will be released on March 22.

Brownhill cover

On the live front

Hot off the back of the release of their debut albumFirst Love, reggae band BrownHill are throwing a hometown album release party at Wellington’s James Cabaret (The Frontroom) on Saturday 30 March.  The 9-piece will be performing tracks off their acclaimed new album – including top 10 urban radio hit ‘Pretty Lady’ – and the night will also feature performances from SWISS, L40, and DJ Huta of Paepae Soundsystem.  After performing with the likes of International seggae sensations such as JBoog, Spawnbreezie, Katchafire, Three Houses Down, 1814, George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso and many more, BrownHill were prompted to record tracks of their own.  First Love is available in all good record stores and digitally from Friday 29 March 2013, and  tickets to the album release show are available now, from

Tiki Taane and Jayson Norris have teamed up for a nationwide acoustic tour.  Playing shows in Tauranga, Hamilton, Kaitaia, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the prolific pair will be joined by special guest Jess Harlen; a New Zealand born, Boston based soul singer who Rolling Stone magazine recently dubbed as “an artist to watch”.  Renowned as much for his powerful live performances as he is for his anthems, don’t miss your chance to see Tiki Taane playing a stripped back set, including new material off his forthcoming acoustic album, set for release later this year.  Back in New Zealand for the first time in two years following a relentless touring schedule in the UK, Jayson Norris has made a name for himself both at home and abroad.  His unique sound, which sees him combine richearthy vocals with a blend of soul, roots and rock, has seen Jayson share the stage with and support artists such as Andrea Bocelli, INXS, Sneaky Sound System, Blue King Brown, The Black Seeds, Katchafire, Six60 and Dave Dobbyn.  He’s also been trotting the globe performing at festivals including Mosaic (Singapore), Lovebox (UK) and of course Homegrown in 2011 – the last time he performed in New Zealand – and is a member of multi-platinum collaboration Fly My Pretties.  Tickets are available now from Dash.

This month a huge line up of nationwide sports, television and music celebrities will converge on the Claudelands Event Centre to celebrate the 2013 Rise and Shine Youth Festival, which is expected to attract around 5,000 people. Event Manager Tama Hata says the festival will give youth the opportunity to engage with some of our biggest household names. The Main Arena is a full day programme of top musical entertainment sprinkled with motivational speaking from NZ sports stars. The lineup includes NZGT stars The J Geeks and Tawaroa Kawana, the film ‘Boy’s James Rolleston and popular acts Sons of Zion, Tasty Brown, Tomorrow People, Three Houses Down, House of Shem, Chad Chambers, Ria Hall, DJ Fortafy and Donnell Lewis. Outside The Main Arena, The Playground and The Village will focus on recreational pursuits including an Amazing Race, a school challenge and other fun activities coordinated by Auckland’s Rock Up, Sport Waikato and Te Ahurei o Rangatahi. Former Vodafone Warrior and festival MC Wairangi Koopu says that The Education and Careers Expo is “probably the most important component”. Designed to provide advice and information on future training, development, and employment opportunities, The Expo will also host health and wellbeing kiosks as the pivotal centre of the event. For more information go to Tickets are currently $30 from Ticketek.

After a quiet couple of months by their standards, the “most dangerous band making the rounds on the New Zealand tour circuit right now” (Groove Guide) are finally hitting the road again. Now in their fifth year of existence, Auckland’s god bows to math are celebrating the only way they know how; by taking their mixture of “pleasant melody and smashing dissonance, complex structures and punky mess” (4ZZZfm) on the road. Armed with tracks hailed as “noisy, schizophrenic, accessible and, ultimately, pretty fucking rad.” (Foxy Digitalis), audiences can expect “serratingly dry, funny noise-rock” (Volume Magazine) including their latest offering; “The Only Good Fnord Is A Dead Fnord”.Currently working on their follow up to 2011’s well-received self-titled album – which found its way onto best of year lists for, and – the band are taking a break from the studio to play 10 dates across New Zealand and Australia, starting on March 22 in Tauranga and finishing on April 28 in Brisbane.
“The Only Good Fnord Is A Dead Fnord” is available to download for free from

Steve Abel is supporting Australian legend Mick Harvey (The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) on his 3 date tour of New Zealand: Wellington March 21, Auckland March 22, Leigh March 23.

New release fanfare

Contrary to popular belief, Tahuna Breaks are not a reggae band.  The act’s third album ‘Shadow Light’ is a result of two years and hundreds of hours experimenting and perfecting a dance orientated funk soul soundthat sets this album well and truly apart from their previous releases.  UK dance act Crazy Pformed in the era of Atari and Akai and made their name with a combo of lushly structured songs, with live power which came from bending and reshaping old records from many different genres, and they’ve been  the driving force behind the change of direction for Tahuna Breaks.  The band begin their album release tour in April, showcasing their brand new album and sound. ‘Shadow Light’ is out on March 21st.  /  /

Another artist who’s undergone a radical musical makeover is Auckland singer-songwriter Ngatapa Black.  Black’s 10-track release, ‘I Muri Ahiahi’, fuses traditional and contemporary Māori melodies and laments with rock, blues, hip hop, jazz and funk as well as Middle Eastern and South American influences. She launched her new work at the Auckland Arts Festival with a performance at the recent music expo, Sounds Aotearoa. Funded by the Māori broadcasting funding agency, Te Māngai Pāho, I Muri Ahiahi is her first album entirely in the Māori language as well as her first cross-cultural collaboration.  Israeli-born Arli Liberman – an unconventional and versatile world rock stalwart – has played guitar and produced and arranged the tunes. Liberman has worked with musicians worldwide on various projects ranging from cross-over world music to experimental avant-garde jazz.  A fluent speaker of Māori, Black (Tūhoe, Tūwharetoa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) is a film and television producer who has been composing, recording and performing music for more than a decade. She co-produced a musical tribute to the life and work of Dr Hirini Melbourne, He Rangi Paihuarere, which won Best Māori Traditional Album (Te Reo Māori) at the 2012 Waiata Māori Music Awards. Her 2011 bilingual release, ‘Black Light’, was a finalist for Best Māori Album at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards while the album’s Māori language single, He Maimai Aroha, was also a finalist in the contemporary Māori music category of the APRA Silver Scroll Awards.  I Muri Ahiahi is distributed by Ode Records – – and available in stores and online at Black Media – – and Amplifier –

Former Taite Music Prize winner Ladi6 has released a brand new single. Written by Ladi6and Parks, Ikarus was recorded at Studio A in Detroit, Michigan which was the recording home of legendary hip hop producer JDilla. The music video is directed by celebrated New Zealand artist and director Askew One and the single was mastered by Tom Coyne, who has earned acclaim for his previous work with BeyonceAdele and D’Angelo. The upcoming album is the follow up to the 2010 released ‘The Liberation Of…’, which was certified Gold in NZ and spawned the Platinum-selling Top 10 single ‘Like Water’. In 2011 Ladi6 picked up two New Zealand Music awards (Best Urban album and Best Female Artist), two Pacific Music Awards (Best Pacific Urban album and Best Female Artist) and ‘The Liberation Of..’ won the prestigious Taite Music Prize. Ladi6’s upcoming third album is co-produced by Parks and Detroit native producer Waajeed. It will be released in June 2013. View the video IKARUS HERE. 

Recent additions to the Powertool Records family Transcendental Learning Collective have just released their debut album “Shift”. They are rapidly picking up fans as their single memorably titled ‘Munt in E7’ has been playlisted on 95bFM and is hitting the airwaves around New Zealand. Formed by DJN(DRONE/DRONEnsembleRomeCraneAFL) around 2010, the band recorded “SHIFT” during 2011 – 2012 with the fluid production skills of Mike Hodgson (Pitch BlackTinnitus) and extra extra guitars courtesy of Sean O’Reilly(King LoserOlaSferic Experiment).  Expect minimal guitar grooves with maximum repetition courtesy of 3 guitars and a laptop; the band say it may be satisfying to listeners of Can, Pink Floyd, Suicide, Kraftwerk, The Fall, the Gordons, Spacemen 3, Fela Kuti, trance music, with a splash of dub. They played a cracking show alongside Cat and Sock at Auckland’s Audio Foundation a few weeks back. Check out the TLC video: ‘MUNT IN E7’:

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Label: Southern Collective Music

Artists include: The Velvet Regime, The Latest Fallout, Jayce Lewis, Dakota, Chris Simmons, Contrast Theory, PlasticGroove

Recent releases: the Velvet Regime – There Is A Light (Single); The Latest Fallout – New Tomorrow (Single); Jayce Lewis – Electric Medicine (Single); Chris Simmons – You Could Have It All (Single); PlasticGroove – Strange Lands Fall (Single); Contrast Theory – Voodoo Doll (Single); Dakota – Devil (Single)

When were you established? December 2009

Philosophy: We’re looking to work with new acts who wish to do the hard yards and make it in the industry.

Recent achievements/news:
– Jayce Lewis’ second album is nearing completion in the UK, including guest apppearances by 80s New Romantic-Era dark prince Gary NumanRammstein guitaristRichard Cripps and legendary Queen drummerRoger Taylor. Jayce is currently touring Europe in support of Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland’s new hit project Black Light Burns (see review link below).

– The Velvet Regime have retained their number one spot in Filipino radio Jam 883’s listeners poll for There Is A Light; eclipsing their own vote count from last week where they knocked Green Day off number one with twice as many votes – this week they have FOUR times the votes of the band at number two, and have been featured in the Dominion Post, RadioActive and this coming Thursday they will be interviewed on Newstalk ZB.

– Parachute Festival – both The Velvet RegimeAND The Latest Fallout played the festival, both going down really well.

– Contrast Theory’s track Voodoo Doll reached the semifinals of the UK’s international songwriters competition, beating literally ten’s of thousands of other competitors.

– Dakota have torn the UK up in 2012, with well over 40 gigs across the place, including the Ravelength Festival and accompanying I Am Giant at their Manchester show; Dakota’s live show earned them the reputation of being one to watch out for, culminating in December 2012 when they were invited to play at London’s O2 Academy by the event organisers themselves.

Forthcoming releases/projects: :
– The Velvet Regime follow up single, title yet to be announced.
– Dakota to release their new EP, produced, mixed and mastered by iconic Welsh producerGreg Haver.
– Jayce Lewis follow up single, ICON.
– The Velvet Regime possibly to travel to and perform in the Philippines.
 The Latest Fallout debut album release in 2013.

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Around the World

From Digital Music News, by Helienne Lindvall:

The news that the YouTube phenomenonHarlem Shake contains samples that the song’s producer and writer, Harry Bauer Rodrigues(recording name Baauer), didn’t get permission to use illustrates the ignorance that still exists regarding copyright — in particular in the dance community.   Apparently former reggaetón artist Hector Delgado didn’t realize the number one hit begins with a sample of him singing/yelling his trademark “con los terroristas” till his manager pointed it out to him a few weeks ago. “It’s almost like they came on my land and built a house,” he told the New York Times.

Meanwhile Philadelphia rapper Jayson Musson received a phone call from a member of a rap collective he used to belong to, who informed him that he could clearly hear Musson’s voice yelling out “do the Harlem Shake” on the track. Considering that Harlem Shake has been at the top of the Billboard top 100 chart for three weeks (as well as scoring high on charts around the world), and has so far sold 816,000 downloads in the US alone, it’s not surprising that Delgado and Musson are seeking compensation from Mad Decent Records, who put the record out last year.

Judging from similar previous examples of unlicensed (commonly called uncleared) sample use, the label may have to pay them a large portion of the revenue it has accumulated from the track – including the ad revenue from YouTube, which Billboard has estimated currently stands at about $83,500.

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