It’s certainly not breaking news, but I think we can all agree that Mondays are excruciatingly hard to get started. The building I live in has decided on a new Spring construction project that starts my every morning with a jack hammer awakening me. On top of that the internet has been out and I’m feeling slightly hungover. Needless to say, I’ve had an uphill battle start to my day.
But then I heard this little gem by New Zealand’s Les Enfants, and oh boy did things start turning around. I had previously posted the indie outfit’s instrumental version of this EP, and hesitantly today I listened to the one recorded with vocals. The sound is absolutely delightful and perfect for your Monday blues.
Get lost with the self-titled EP below and be sure to head over to their Facebook page.
Energetic electric guitars, snappy percussion, and catchy choruses make my limbs want to get up moving. Young Lyre’s quick debut, Night Swimming, is just enough to get my ears excited about this New Zealand 5-piece.
For fans of Two Door Cinema Club, you will not be disappointed. Young Lyre has that smart indie-pop sound alongside tight instrumentation that adds up to an unbeatable combination. Listen to Night Swimming below and grab your own copy here.
Thinking of the island country that calls just east of Australia home, I wasn’t exactly sure what their version of hip-hop would sound like. Seemingly isolated, Auckland’s Raiza Biza proves how far the genre’s reach spans.
In Dream Something, we hear Biza’s lyrical depth, constant collaboration, and skillful song structure. Each track holds a new message and story alongside with different instrumentation and sampling. I really like the diversity, Raiza Biza is definitely someone to keep on your radar.
Listen to the free12-track LP and catch a video below from TZ Hip Hop to gain a deeper look inside the New Zealander.
Over the next couple of days I’m going to be diving into Australia’s music scene. There’s no way I’ll be able to cover this entire continent’s talent pool but, even being able to take a quick dip will prove there’s a lot more happening on that side of the world.
Based out of Sydney, BlueBottle Recordsaims to fill a void they believe their culture is missing out on. What truly intrigues me is that their lineup is mostly hip-hop acts and producers who all truly bring their own hard-hitting style.
Last May the label put out a sampler of their current squad which ranges in many different moods. There’s plenty of laid-back tracks with astounding vocals, hip hop beats, nu-jazz sampling, and lots of rhythmic flow.
I also want to include my favorite release of their’s (which is also free), Long Hot Summer, by Soulchef which dropped last winter. I’m a sucker for downtempo hip-hop instrumentals and this collection of originals is more than fantastic. Listen for his clever samples, the entire thing is a gem.