14 September 2020 – Native Tongues

Written by on September 19, 2020

Starting off the show this week is the brand new track from rapper and producer dharmarat called ‘ROAM ft. Elder’. He didn’t plan on releasing any music this year but he just managed to create a lot of music during lockdown and decided it needed to be heard. dharmarat is a hard-working rapper and producer from South Auckland who has created quite a name for himself, through his hard-hitting beats to his unforgiving delivery in his music. He pulls the listener in with his perspective on life and relentless aggression on his more upbeat music.

There is just as much range in his discography as he has projects under his belt, having released 21 projects if you include his work with his group ‘Valleyside Boys’.

‘WUSSDAT?!’ is the latest release from bKIDD’s up-coming project ‘DARK DAYS TURN NIGHT’ which will be released this summer.

‘WUSSDAT?!’ is what you ask a person when they switch up on you. It’s a unique kiwi take on UK grime and features Auckland

Central rapper LNGSLV. The song is produced by bKIDD’s younger brother ‘Jaytee $laya’.

Follow bKIDD on Insta: @bkiddmusic and Spotify
Follow LNGSLV on Insta: @thelongestsleeves and Spotify

We had both bKIDD and LNGSLV up at Base to perform this track live so keep an eye out for the Base HQ video!



WAKE is a Hip Hop artist and beatmaker from Te Atatu, Auckland. We featured two tracks from him, the first was an instrumental titled ‘Without the Pain’ and ‘Demons’. He’s got a great sound so check out both his Soundcloud pages.

Onto some throwback tracks, Valere with her catchy tune ‘Like That’. She spoke to Yannika on Native Tongues last month and did a live performance on air. Listen back to that episode here.

Ethereal, serene and heartfelt, Valere brings an eclectic mix of soul and synth known to move audiences. Valere is songwriter and producer, whose palate of warm new wave sounds, R&B melodies and intricate rhythms mesh into arrangements that are both kinetic and intimate. The word ‘valere’ means ‘to be worth’.
Her debut album ‘Colours’ is set for release on October 1st and we can’t wait till this one is out. Here’s a teaser of the album tracklist:

‘Jump On Me’ is by Auckland based musician Silas Futura, formerly known as Bobandii. This release marked a new musical chapter for the multifaceted creative, leaving his Bobandii moniker behind to embark on a new vision. This track was also featured on a MAC cosmetics campaign featuring Parris Goebel before it was officially released. Check out the post here.

Stanley Pedigree a Hip-Hop Artist & MC, started out in the mid 90’s rocking over vinyl at house parties, to finding true appreciation in the art form of writing & freestyle. Pushing boundaries with creativity & experimental collabs, this concious MC continues to carry the torch for the DugOut Family (iLLySpiLLaz / Wrekollective DJ’s / Fishermen / Soul Savivaz).

On todays show we featured ‘Moving‘ from his album ‘Sides’ (released March 2020) which was produced entirely by DJ/producer Dirty Hairy. Constructed together in real time on multiple Akai MPC’s – ‘Sides’ returns to that gritty, boombap, vintage sound. With Stanley’s conscious wordplay & Hairy on the cut, this project pays homage to the spirit of 90’s golden era Hip-Hop with a modern day message.
During the construction of ‘Sides’ I was studying Creative Media & Video full time, so writing was often sporadic.
However it became an awesome outlet during an intense & busy time of my life, with visits to Hairy’s home studio becoming a nice break from everything & a time to chill – often just to catch up over a meal & drink with his family.’
Check out more from Stanley Pedigree on Bandcamp.

‘Cartel Business’ is from Auckland artist Motat and is off the ‘Foul Play’ project which dropped in December last year. Highly recommend grabbing this project which is also available on Bandcamp.

Freddy Reynold is one of Base FM’s Breaking Artists for September. The track ‘Blessed’ is taken from his mixtape ‘Pre Party Volume 1’. Born and bred in South Auckland, this 25 year old Samoan emcee is loud and proud of his roots, while also keeping his eyes focused on the International stage and representing Aotearoa and the Pacific too.

Freddy Reynold’s latest work Pre Party is about letting go of insecurities. Letting go of pride, ego, doubt and fear and picking the ball up and running straight through obstacles.

Reynold collaborates with frequent production partner Abraham Kunin (The Dalai Lama, Home Brew, Teeks, Rush Wepiha, Phodiso) on Pre Party. Their collaboration and beat curation has sculpted a hybrid HipHop/Pop/EDM often UK leaning sound, showcasing Reynold’s range and attention to detail as an artist. The forward-thinking instrumentals provide a perfect canvas for Reynold to balance focused and honest lyricism with a knack for memorable hooks.

Auckland rap duo Church & AP put their own eccentric spin on DeadForest & Dera Meelan‘s track ‘Fire Sale‘. The remix was released on Boxing Day last year following their debut album ‘Teeth‘.

The Waves‘ featuring JJ Adrian, Naiomi & Indigo Blaize is a silky R&B number from Auckland producer Shaan Mehta and is the lead single from his forthcoming album, Too Far From Home.
Shaan Mehta moved to Los Angeles to pursue producing full time but has since returned home due to the pandemic. He’s built up quite a portfolio and has produced rap beats and R&B songs for international artists. Keep an eye on this artist!


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‘Tūāpapa feat: Raiza Biza’ by artist and producer Nat Lover was released early this year and was the second single of his album ‘Lesson Four’.

He was also featured on the Base FM Turn It Up compilation with his single ‘Catalogues feat: Glad2Mecha‘.

We’re loving this track from Diggy Dupé – ‘Hype’ which is from his full length debut That’s Me, That’s Team. 
“It’s tongue in cheek, focusing on consumer culture and how we tend to try and keep up with current trends even though we can’t support the habit financially,” the rapper comments on ‘Hype’.
The album primarily shows off Diggy Dupé’s versatile flow, with a handful of features including SWIDT, AP and Rizván.

Diggy Dupé has come a long way from the teenage days of making music with his cousin REDXROZAY, using the most basic of tools that included a motorola phone and singstar microphone. He was a finalist for Best Hip Hop Act at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (alongside Avondale Bowling Club’s Tom Scott and Church & AP), for his 2018 EP Island Time.

Since announcing arriving on the scene with his debut EP K.O.T.I.C (Kids Of The Inner City) in 2017, Diggy Dupé has become a core member of the Auckland hip hop community. He’s in demand as a featured artist, appearing on many releases including SWIDT’s ‘Off The Top’, ChoiceVaughan’s ‘Dead Air’, Church & AP’s ‘Down In The Mud’ and many tracks by his friend and mentor Rizván.

Hailing from South Auckland is Kid$eb. His track ‘The Anthem’ is from his latest project ‘RE:Growth EP’.

Meaning: As an unestablished independent music artist from south Auckland NZ, I lost my grip on my music career due to ‘Regular Life Syndrome’ (I made that up) and real life caught up with me and turned time for my craft into a Luxury. 2 Years passed  I have to find my feet again! Made the biggest move of my life and have now planted on new ground and greener pastures i’ve found my Re:Growth.’
(100 hip hop points if you know the track that was sampled.)

Kapiti Coast Collective, The No Problemos released their project titled ‘Somethin’ Real‘ back in February 22, 2014. They originally started as a four-piece garage band and then expanded into a nine-piece band. Being a fan of martial arts, we had to go for the track ‘Bruce Lee‘ on this weeks show.

‘This One’ from Grey Lynn Hip Hop duo Eno x Dirty was released as a double a-side single in 2018 alongside ‘That One’.

They’ve just released a handful of tracks that were performed live at last years Rhythm and Vines.

INF dropped some heat back in 2014 with ‘Heart of Gold’ produced by Smokey and still continues with fire production, even Timbaland approves of.

Watch Timbaland head bobbin to some of INF beats on Twitch  here.

Krispy & The Pooch are a Berlin-based duo dealing in the trade of shifting dirty, funky, electro grooves. Kriston Batistic (aka Krispy) and Simon Townsend (aka The Pooch) met in the squalor of a decaying student house in a wealthy Auckland suburb five years ago. To fend of the rats, the boys were forced to come together to produce wall-shaking old school hip hop. They have a forthcoming EP in the works ‘Drop The Needle‘.

US-born producer, rapper, and singer-songwriter Kevin Posey released his latest album ‘Breathe’ in June of this year and it has a stack of quality features such as Mazbou Q, Scizzorhands, Lily Jackson, Kédu and more. He’s been thriving in the music scene as his lyricism and style is a true testament to Hip Hop with his tracks often touching on themes of racial justice and black empowerment. The whole album is a mix of hip-hop, Latin, Jazz and soul. If you haven’t listened to this album, add it to your playlist.

Featured on this week is the track ‘Esta Noche featuring Manuela‘.

Native Tongues is a one hour show of new music from local artists curated and hosted by Yannika. Big thanks to NZ On Air Music. Tune in live every Monday 3pm-4pm.

Launched in late 2011, Native Tongues is a 1 hour show dedicated to uncovering the freshest in underground music from Aotearoa. From bedroom producers who are just starting out through to artists with multiple releases on international labels, Native Tongues showcases the true sound of the underground.

Native Tongues highlights new music & new artists to the show each week, focusing more on emcees, beat makers, producers & electronic music.

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