BY JACK LEONARD

 

Yumi Zouma release new song/video

Kiwi dream pop outfit Yumi Zouma have dropped the first single from their upcoming EP III, which- believe it or not- is the third EP in a trilogy that started back in 2014. The synths bring back memories of 80s pop, and are complimented by dashes of washed-out guitar, and vocals that are smoother than butter on a baby’s bum.

 

DJ Simon Dallow makes his mark

The Big Fresh Collective have released the first track from their upcoming Footmahi Vol. #002 compilation, which is slated for release on 29/8. The artist responsible for this breakneck showcase of sampling goes by the stunning name DJ Simon Dallow, and he’s certainly worth tuning in for.

 

Lawrence Arabia drops a dreamy seventh single

Meaningless Words is a seriously lush song that’s kickstarted by bright vocal harmonies, which carry on throughout the song as swathes of extra instrumentation are gently introduced. It’s a real good’n, despite the alleged smouldering of society that the lyrics illustrate. Word on the street is that they’re meaningless anyway.

 

Koizilla drop an album’s worth of fun

Bands from Dunedin have a habit of sounding like they’re having fun, and it’s got nothing to do with the crackling noises that upholstery emits when set alight. Koizilla’s latest album Lazy Hazy is just pure instrumental good times in the form of riffs and grooves that sound downright fun to play. Hang in there and listen to the whole album to hear the year’s most wondrous interlude in its proper place.

 

Tour news

It was a massive week for tour announcements here in NZ, with Wu Tang Clan announcing a two-show, capital-dodging tour, Shihad announcing their 30th anniversary tour, Theia revealing three special ‘pop up’ shows in September, indie-rockers Teenage Fanclub announcing an Auckland show, Unknown Mortal Orchestra revealing their support act for their fast-selling tour to be Divide and Dissolve, Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby announcing an Auckland gigand a special Bloc Party announcement that they’ll be hitting Auckland and Wellington with a special front-to-back performance of their classic debut labum, Silent Alarm.

 

Jam of the Week

We Were Promised Jetpacks burst onto the scene in some serious style with 2009’s These Four Walls, which was then followed with two more albums that- while good- didn’t quite live up to the band’s own potential. Hanging In, one of two new singles that they dropped this week from their upcoming fourth LP very much sounds like another step in the right direction for these Scots. Get it in your ears and stick around for the dramatic outro.

 

 

JACK LEONARD is a Cinema and Media graduate with a penchant for dogs that look like wolves. He’s a music enthusiast who divides his time evenly between consuming unhealthy amounts of media and getting lost in forests. 

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