Native Tongues 15 March 2021

Written by on March 16, 2021

This week on Native Tongues…

Featured Track and Artist
CLV – Aidan Fine

After jumping on Church & AP’s latest single, “MUSTBE”, YKK’s newest recruit is back with his own summer anthem. Despite being the new kid on the block, Aidan Fine is well on his way to finding his place in the local music scene.

If he’s not working in the studio with NZ music’s finest or performing to his growing fanbase at shows across Auckland, he’s investigating new musical ideas, constantly developing and morphing his sound into whatever feels right. Born in the United States, raised in South Africa, and currently calling New Zealand home all before his 20s even begin, Fine is a true world citizen – and his music reflects this.

With each new song, Aidan invites his listeners along on his journey to find his place in the world. This time around, we’re in France. Borrowing the French proverb, “c’est la vie” , Fine explores a philosophy rooted in non-resistance, responding to life’s curveballs with the simple motto, “such is life”. After months of putting CLV to the test – performing it everywhere from K’ Road clubs like Whammy Bar, to 1000s of people at RnV’s Heineken Stage on New Years – fans all over the country have already confirmed their love for this track, passionately singing the words back within moments of hearing it for the first time. Produced by Edyonthebeat, mixed by Dera Meelan, and featuring NZ hip-hop giants Church & AP, CLV has been through the hands of some of Auckland’s most innovative hit-makers, placing the song in a territory of great potential.

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Featured Track and Artists
Ubereats by Dera Meelan and deadforest

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Featured Track and Artists
Miss These Days by Cymbol ft. David Dallas

Enigmatic Producer, Cymbol, returns from a lengthy hiatus with “Miss these days” – this time, with the assist from David Dallas to help kick down the door. Consistent with his recent run, DDot continues to hammer home that despite all the odds, roadblocks and doubters – he’s still the undisputed. A theme that runs parallel with the canvas that Cymbol has provided him. Heavy hitting stadium drums, dominant keys and his trademark synth hook – Cymbol echo’s Dave’s punchlines with his own message that he’s also one to not be forgotten about. “Miss these days” marks the commencement of a run of releases for Cymbol, which will conclude with a forthcoming album expected in Autumn 2021.

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Featured Track and Artist
Follow Through, Sirens by Vulc

Muriwai, (West Auckland) rapper and producer Vulc proudly presents his latest 3-track project, IIIIII is a canvas of sound that spans across 3 distinctively different lanes of modern hip-hop.
Covering alternative hip-hop, trap and UK-influenced garage, III is a project that showcases the many sides of Vulc in a short space of time and reflects a resistance to single-genre classifications.

Produced and engineered by Vulc during recent COVID-19 lockdowns.

III is available on all streaming platforms.

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Featured Track and Artist
Dmoney Da Don

Donell Fa’auma AKA Dmoney Da Don is NZ born Samoan with a Solomon island bloodline raised in Mangere East, South Auckland. He’s currently still studying in school and also doing what he loves – music.

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Featured Track and Artist
He Aio by Haami

Haami has flown from the nest of Te Kākāno (a 3-time Waiata Māori Music Award winning group) to step into the spotlight as a solo artist and release new music in both te reo Māori and English. ‘He Aio’ explores whakapapa and identity through a contemporary lens. It draws on Haami’s cultural roots as a descendant of Porourangi, (eponymous ancestor of the East Coast region). A uniquely kiwi Pop R&B tune, the song was recorded and produced by platinum gold artists Matt Sadgrove and Sam Eriwata. ‘He Aio’ is both supported and funded by Te Māngai Paho.

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Featured Track and Artists
Tūrangawaewae by Tipene

Despite being categorised as a hip-hop artist, Tipene reaches much more than just a hip-hop audience with his music, catering to all New Zealanders with his phrases and references to things like Pounamu pendants, gumboots, lamb tails, Kina and the classic phrase ‘goin’ hundy’. ‘Tūrangawaewae’ (a place to stand) is about embracing ones roots and features Maisey Rika and Troy Kingi. The bilingual waiata was made with tautoko from Te Māngai Pāho. Tipene has supported The Wailers, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Fiji, J Boog and Joe Walsh (The Eagles), also playing to crowds at Splore, Ragamuffin Roadshow, Exodus and East Coast Vibes. His 2012 release West Side Hori earned him a finalist nomination for the APRA Silver Scroll Awards the following year. The remix version featuring Sid Diamond and Sir T has clocked up more than one million views on YouTube.

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Featured Track and Artist
Baby Beat by Aro

Well respected for their work in Aotearoa’s music scene and with tamariki nation-wide, husband and wife musical duo Aro are set to release their latest song Baby Beat, inspired by their yet to be born baby’s heartbeat, on their due date of Thursday 11th March. “Our first scan was during the Auckland Level 3 lockdown, so Emily had to go on her own. It was a shame not to go together as this is our first baby. Emily came home with a recording of our baby’s heartbeat, and we were inspired to write to it. This is a song about anticipating meeting our little one, and the beauty of creation.” says Charles Looker (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Mutunga).”

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Only A Man by Eliezer

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Alchemy (Feat REI) by SHAYNA


Christchurch singer-songwriter SHAYNA is back with addictive new single Alchemy, featuring NZ bilingual artist Rei. Born from a collaboration project at APRA Songhubs, which brought together a group of 20+ NZ & International songwriters and producers in Auckland’s Roundhead Studios, Alchemy tells the story of “making gold out of nothing” and “synchronising pleasure” as SHAYNA & Rei perform their pop & rnb hooks over a progressive bass line & glittery high-level production.

Complete with visuals by Kwasnik Pictures showing the artists literally dripping & swimming in gold, the song speaks to manifesting desires and creating abundance through the powerful forces of connection. ‘Alchemy’ was produced & co-written by Los Angeles based Songwriter & Record Producer Justin Gray (Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Joss Stone & NZ’s own Six60 with their recent #1 single “Please Don’t Go”) who’s projects have sold in excess of 40 million copies and more than 8 billion streams world-wide. Co-writers on the track also include Alex Farrell-Davey (lead singer from the group ‘ALAE’) and multi-award winning bilingual artist Rei (#1 US Viral Chart with ‘Good Mood’ & over 5 million streams on Spotify) who also features on the track. ‘Alchemy’ comes after SHAYNA’s previous releases ‘Miles Away’ & ‘I Know’ which debuted on Apple Music’s Best of the Week and The A List:Pop playlists, as well as Spotify’s New Music Friday and New Pop Sounds.

The singles hit & #1 on the Official NZ Top 40 Heatseekers Singles Chart and #10 in the Spotify NZ viral tracks in the first week of release. An established touring songwriter & musician, SHAYNA was a recent participant in APRA Songhubs 2019 International Songwriting camp, and was a recent showcase artist at New Zealand’s ‘Going Global’ Music Summit. “She already projects the image of a star at the top of the game – if she continues as is, that’s exactly where she’ll end up.” – Happy Mag (AU)

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Featured Track and Artist
trippin up by MCK

‘Trippin’ Up’ – MCK’s personal favourite track on the EP – is a contemplative track, which showcases MCK’s flawless vocals and heartfelt and honest lyricism, wrapped in warm and dreamy production. “This [song] was about taking responsibility for my own actions and behavioural patterns and also just about how not confronting your past and taking steps to heal from it can stop you from moving forward,” says MCK.

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Said Too Much by Alae

‘Said Too Much’ is pure upbeat pop vibes on the latest track from Auckland act, Alae. “‘Said Too Much’ is a kind of confessional tune,” says Alae’s Alex Davey. “It’s about pent up thoughts finding there way out of you in a way that can be damaging to relationships. “Quite often when I approach sensitive topics with friends, I paraphrase my thoughts in a way that’s a little too honest. Watching people internalise those comments can be hard, because I don’t want to upset them. That’s what this song is about.”

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Featured Track and Artist
Insane by Sophie-Maude

Sophie-Maude is a 17 year old singer songwriter from Tauranga. Despite being so young, Sophie has a life story to tell and draw from. Diagnosed with Tourettes, OCD, ADHD from an early ago and being on the Autism spectrum allows her to look at life in a different way. ‘Insane’ is Sophie’s take on how she views the world.

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Featured Track and Artist
Dynamite by INDYAH

INDYAH – “Dynamite” Indyah’s new single “Dynamite” is a great follow up to her last single “Turning Blue” following that same RnB realm Indyah has really started showing a pattern in her new RNB sound. Working again with Auckland based platinum producer LMC who has just produced a song on “Lil Skies” new album keeping that same international sound that Indyah loves. Written by Indyah. Recorded at Red bull studios with Ben Lawson.

With the short and hooky intro this doesn’t leave much time for the listeners to be waiting. Hearing LMCs signature drums right away this has the listeners engaged and wanting to keep listening. This song follows that slightly more emotional feel like Indyahs previous single had. Indyah plans on releasing even more personal songs she has written and says this is a great transition into those ones. Recording this track at Red Bull with award winning engineer Ben Lawson made it easy to craft with Ben making the vocals so crisp and clean, Ben also then mixed and mastered the track to make it sound top quality for all streaming platforms. Working with Platinum Producer LMC who has worked with big names such as Rich The Kid, Lil Skies, Quando Rondo, Swae Lee, The Kid Laroi, Hoodrich pablo, and many more made it easy for him to make “Dynamite” really stand out with an international sound/keep the same sound as Indyah’s last 3 singles, Indyah has really found her sound working with LMC and wants to keep the sound consistent hence why she has chosen to use him also for this next single.

“Dynamite” is about feeling so in love with someone that it feels like its going to explode. That feeling of being so passionate about your love. I think Dynamite also represents feeling like you almost know something bad is going to happen in the relationship but staying because you can’t bear to be without them. Dynamite is also about meeting a person you used to have this chemistry with hence the first lyric “Did you ever get around to buying that mansion” its bringing up the past and what you guys had planned and feeling emotional about what you had.

It has been a great start to the year for Indyah with her other single “That Night” ticking over 360k and “Lockdown” now sitting over 215k streams. These songs also getting radio play on “ZM” and also “The Edge”. Indyah released a video for her single “WYS” which now has over 120k views. Indyah has a strong social media following and is also friends with some big names that will ideally be promoting the new music/will be boosting/sponsoring her own posts in order for “Dynamite” to do the best it can. Indyahs goal is to put an EP out. “Dynamite” and is definitely a taste of what’s to come with the EP. She has also had a busy summer playing RnV, Baydreams and is very excited to be playing more shows and to get this new music out.


Featured Track and Artist
Glowing by Alayna

Auckland soulstress Alayna – Over the course of a year, alayna wrote songs as she traveled from Auckland to London, and it was in Cuba where she reached a blissful high point in a relationship that’d soon come to an end – landing in Los Angeles for a month she began to pour her heart out, confronting her deepest emotions and putting them on paper. She didn’t know it at the time, but the singer-songwriter was doing what she does best, telling her story andcrafting a time capsule of this relationship, bottling up everything she’d experienced along the way. From opener “How To Swim” to standout-single “Glowing,” the emotion cuts through and the lyrics are as raw as they could be. alayna details the excitement of diving head first into love and being completely enamoured by how someone makes you feel, but “Tender” is the turning point in the story as alayna realizes she’s lost in this relationship, now mourning the missing parts of her. She becomes hardened by hurt, wishing she could go back to her essence – softness and innocence.

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Off their 2020 EP ‘Good Things Come In Threes‘.

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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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