Local Eyes: NZ Music Videos

This week’s Local Eyes is from emerging artist YVY MARAEY who merges contemporary rnb with resonant Brazilian rhythms and offers a fresh and soulful voice. Her debut single in collaboration with Berlin-based US rapper Mike NASA and features Kiwi Noah Slee, “A Família “ is out now. Working with New Zealand guitarist and producer Simon Abela, YVY MARAEY weaves playful melodies, chill beats and […]

For this week’s Local Eyes, Onehunga hip-hop titans SWIDT have returned with a new three-pack EP, 312 DAY, including new tracks ‘KELZ GARAGE’ ft. Lomez Brown, ‘COMBO’, and ‘SURVIVAL’. Standout reggae-infused Pasifika drink-up anthem ‘KELZ GARAGE’ sets the seasonal tone of the triple drop, opening the grainy, SFX loaded short film-style music video counterpart directed […]

This week’s Local Eyes from Lion Rezz his brand track ‘Rockin’. New Zealand has always been blessed with a vibrant cultural heritage that has allowed Reggae and R&B to thrive in its community and Lion Rezz is continuing that rich tradition. Combining his edgy reggae grooves with luscious melodies, Rockin’ is a throwback to Jamaica’s original Lovers […]

Dbldbl is the musical project of Liam Dargaville (Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, they/them), a musician and songwriter based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Dargaville specialises in pairing crisp, minimal production with raps that use extended metaphors about film, board games, and fine dining to broach topics such as chronic pain, identity politics and depression. The video for Big Mike was made by photographer and videographer Frances Carter.Carter’s resume includes photographing Teeks, Benee, and CHAII, […]

This week’s Local Eyes is Joseph Vea “Find Me”, which explores his addiction to social media and constant scrolling through content. He often wonders what “the cost” is of spending so much time and energy on things that don’t contribute to his daily life. This is not something people spend much time thinking about. He […]

This week’s Local Eyes is from Tāmaki Makaurau-based wordsmith Chris RL with his follow up to his debut EP ‘STILL’. Check out the video for his latest release ‘I’M ON MY WAY’ featuring fellow Aotearoa rappers, the Māngere-born duo SHEDLYTE, and West Auckland standout Ranuimarz. Produced by SSU, ‘I’M ON MY WAY’ is a heartfelt […]

This week’s local Eyes is from one of New Zealand’s most prominent hip-hop figures, JessB. Who has just shared her new single “FROM THA JUMP.” Accompanied with a bold visual by Jodo Valley Productions featuring her collection of mini me’s, this track follows up on a string of remixes throughout 2021 as well as Jess’ […]

This week’s Local Eyes is from Palmerston North’s musical talent Rory Noble with his new single ‘High Again’. Rory Noble has a limitless global mindset. With production credits alongside household names Kanye West and Ruel, ‘High Again’ is taken from Noble’s forthcoming debut EP WHERE DO WE GO WHEN THE WORLD ENDS.  Inspiration for the single has been drawn from Noble’s […]

This week’s Local Eyes is from Aotearoa/Samoan emcee FREDDY REYNOLD with the video to his lead track off hi brand new EP. ‘Southside Run It’ comes with a slick yet earthy video directed by Raymond Edwards (Younger and Remember Me by Teeks, and the film Cousins). This drop has been a long time coming. Ever […]

This week’s Local Eyes is from Auckland based Somali-NZ rapper Mo Muse who has returned after his 2020 David Dallas collab ‘Lighters Up’, and series of knockout singles as Auckland hip-hop collective BLKCITY, Mo Muse steps back on the scene with ‘PESOS’. This is the first single taken from his sophomore project Insider Trading, set for release later […]

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