To those who are agitated, confused or bewildered about when the next Wilberforces release would surface, rest assured there is a date. Sometimes you just have to be cautious; especially when it comes to releasing something on 12” vinyl.
A German vinyl pressing for all those audiophiles out there who might be interested…
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Coolwave is the stage name of London based singer/songwriter Jack Shea, who’s first single “Surfin” marks the start of his relationship with New Zealand record label MUZAI Records – and is currently available as a free download.
Penned by Shea with producer Serge Sainte Rose, “Surfin” is an unabashed ode to sunny climates, perfect surf and teenage bliss. Pretty much the polar opposite of what the UK is currently going through as of writing…
Describing his sound as “garage surf pop”, Shea’s influences are very much what you’d expect upon listening to the single; The Beach Boys, The Drums, Surfer Blood, some Kooks for that British sensibility and a healthy love of The Beatles. Read more ›
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”. Read more ›
Having toured New Zealand in support of their release, Eeling, Auckland avant-garde quartet Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing released the first video from said album a fortnight ago as an exclusive through Undertheradar.co.nz.
“Nine of Swords” was created by David Ed Cooper, Alexander Brown and Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing – and is already generating a decent amount of views on YouTube. Why not add yourselves to the view count?
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It’s a bit of a celebration time for MUZAI Records – we’ve released the first video for the year, and it comes in the form of machine gun pop outfit The Bemsha Swing, with their third single from Against Friends and Lovers, “Prescription for Hooks”.
So to celebrate this, continued airplay across Europe and just being good sports, the band are giving away the very track for free. All you have to do is go to the video on YouTube and the link is there. You get to watch a classy video directed by Alastair Tye-Samson AND a free download.
Having been released in New Zealand in September and looking set to be released in the United Kingdom and Japan in 2013, Auckland machine-gun pop duo The Bemsha Swing have received strong accolades for their album, Against Friends and Lovers – the latest stemming from the most recent issue of bi-monthly publication RipItUp.
The album received four stars out of a possible five, with reviewer Adam Warin stating that “… the aural assault is unrelenting, unforgiving and unforgettable.“ Read more ›
Arming Aotea (in keeping with the Mclusky/Future of the Left references this label frequently abuses) is a monthly podcast launched yesterday afternoon by MUZAI Records. Our aim is to not only (cheaply) promote ourselves, but also push our friends and colleagues we find ourselves working with also within the NZ music industry (such as Hell Is Now Love, The Attic and a host of independent musicians we dig).
We were fortunate enough to be invited by The Audio Foundation to broadcast yesterday afternoon – and the idea has suddenly grown into something new… we’ve been toying with podcasting for a while now, but this was the boot in the butt we required. Treat yesterday’s broadcast as a beta-test and hopefully (if we’re not all lazy), we’ll have podcasts the first Sunday of every month in some way, shape or form.
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Claustrophobic. Unnerving. Unique. These are some of the qualities Auckland band GIRLS PISSING ON GIRLS PISSING exude – demonstrated perfectly with their second work, Eeling, to be released through MUZAI Records in February.
Following in the footsteps of their previous release, Tangiwai, the album serves as a accompaniment to a book, with a limited physical run alongside a digital release in New Zealand. Eeling was recorded by Jackson Hobbs and Steven Huf, while Huf also mixed and mastered the album – his first release through a record label.
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Two of MUZAI’s most well-regarded artists of 2012, Sunken Seas and Zen Mantra, have undergone an alteration. That is thanks to all round super-friend Black City Lights, as “Altered” remixes, dare we say even re-imagines, “Leaves” and “Fossils”. All for free.
Black City Lights are Calum Robb and Julia Catherine Parr—a producer and vocalist duo from Wellington, New Zealand, who are quickly emerging as one of New Zealand’s most talented young bands. Read more ›
In a “addendum” to the original news of Sunken Seas touring Australia, MUZAI is pleased to announce the addition of two-piece THE SHOCKING AND STUNNING to the tour.
Both bands will also be joined by tour DJ, DJ Lotion, for all dates this February and March.
Described by VanguardRed Magazine as “blurry, emotive, physically propulsive and above all, f^&ing epic”, The Shocking and Stunning’s ability to create dense, trance-inducing music using synths, a sampler and a live drummer has seen them have a massive year in 2012, including two New Zealand tours, performances at Camp A Low Hum and Rhythm and Alps, an EP, and a single which topped a number of indie stations. Read more ›