MELODOWNZ recruits Maxo Kream for gangster rap anthem, ‘Loot’

Returning with his second single of the year following ‘Pray For More’ featuring Lisi & Mikey Dam, MELODOWNZ has unleashed new single, ‘Loot’ featuring Maxo Kream, alongside the news of the MC joining Maxo Kream on his forthcoming Australian tour this July. Bridging the gap between West Auckland and the Dirty South, ‘Loot’ finds the…

HAAN808 tests the bounds of electronic on new mixtape, STRAY MUSIC VOL. 1

Returning with his first new project since 2019’s Lights of Guidance EP, Aotearoa-based electronic producer HAAN808 has shared his latest mixtape, STRAY MUSIC VOL. 1. Departing from the producer’s fundamental trap and bass beginnings, STRAY MUSIC VOL. 1 tests the bounds of genre on a project drawing from an eclectic palette of electronic sub-genres and…

Pania of the World (Interview)

Named after the fabled Māori mythology figure, Melbourne-based Māori and Indian singer-songwriter Pania has always been destined to become her own kind of legend. Just like Pania of the Reef’s age old tale of immortality and true love, the rising artist’s radiant R&B and timeless neo-soul carries a much deeper moral than what meets the eye;…

BRUX shares new surreal club single, ‘BADBOI’ ft. Pat Lok

Following the success of her latest 2022 EP Take, Australian-born, Brooklyn-based based producer BRUX has returned with new single, ‘BADBOI’, with collaborator Pat Lok. A hyperkinetic, deconstructed club track, ‘BADBOI’ immediately opens to pounding drums and wonky, chopped vocal samples, before pulsating bass lines blister through the single. Highlighting her surreal take on club music, BRUX teams…

Cakes Da Killa returns with new single, ‘Sip of My Sip’

Hot on the heels of his Australasian tour and performance at FILTH AKL last week, underground NYC rap icon Cakes Da Killa has shared his latest single, ‘Sip of My Sip’ featuring Sevndeep, the rappers first new music since his 2021 Muvaland Vol. 2 project. A longtime pioneer of the house music / hip-hop movement…

Steve Lacy teases sophomore album with new single, ‘Bad Habit’

After sharing his first new solo single of the year earlier this month with ‘Mercury’, Steve Lacy has shared ‘Bad Habit’, the second single taken from The Internet member and solo musician’s forthcoming album, Gemini Rights, set for release on July 15th. Crooning of unrequited love over smooth funk-infused bass lines and psychedelic synths, Steve’s falsetto sings…

Sampa The Great announces new album with latest single, ‘Never Forget’ ft. Chef 187, Tio Nason & Mwanjé

Following Denzel Curry collab ‘Lane’, her first new single since acclaimed 2019 debut album The Return, Zambian-born, Botswana-raised poet and rapper Sampa The Great has announced her sophomore album, As Above, So Below. Set for release on September 9 via Loma Vista Recordings, the news arrives alongside new single, ‘Never Forget’, featuring Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanjé. Reconnecting with her Zambian culture and heritage after…

Ray Leslie returns with reflective new release, ‘SO FAR FREESTYLE’

Returning with her first new music of the year following the Filipino-Kiwi artist’s 2021 sophomore album, SPRINGBOARD, Auckland-based rapper Ray Leslie has shared ‘SO FAR FREESTYLE’. A reflective account of the artists journey so far, the freestyle finds Ray Leslie returning with a fire under her feet. With it’s dynamic Diaz Grimm produced beat that…