Native Tongues 7 December 2020

Written by on December 10, 2020

This week on Native Tongues…

Featured Artist: Soulchef
Featured Tracks: ‘Drifting in a Daydream ft. Need Not Worry’, ‘Write This Down ft. Nieve’

SoulChef is a matured rap/hip hop producer residing in New Zealand with a clear passion for his craft and artists that he works with. Providing a thought invoking serenity in his music style, he draws influence from classic soul, jazz and hip hop. Altogether, the result is a well seasoned musical fusion carrying an undeniable heartfelt emotion behind the art of his productions. Meticulously and with precise attention to detail, SoulChef has been able to establish his presence as a producer, instrumentalist and engineer alike. Since 2010, he has taken the opportunity to collaborate with artists from all over the world while also making his mark in the global hip hop community.

Featured Artist: Stefan Ozich
Featured Tracks: ‘Wrapped’, ‘Dam Times’

Auckland-based artist Stefan Ozich has released his album titled ‘Daily Noise’.

This is the shades of myself, the reflection’s of myself. The breaking down of the self reflection.

This is me looking in the mirror and really exploring this daily noise.’ – Stefan Ozich.

Featured Artist: PollyHill
Featured Track: Mentors

Just before PollyHill sets off for her summer festival run, the Tamaki Makaurau MC has delivered her most experimental work to date with ‘Mentors’.
Previous release ‘Spooky’ saw PollyHill explore her moody, mysterious side but ‘Mentors’ shows another side. An electronic beat inspired by the likes of Yaeji and Arca, Polly catches the unique beat with her sharp and witty wordplay.  A gritty dance floor-ready energy bleeds through the track, then switches up to smooth shimmering alt-RnB at the end, ‘Mentors’ packs a lyrical punch which shows why PollyHill has become so desired by festivals around the country.

‘When I first made the beat it wasn’t for me. I made that muddy acid bass sound that’s at the heart of the track, and I was like – who would sound stunning on this cos it’s not very PollyHill? But then I was like, fuck it, I birthed it, it must be PollyHill. It made me wanna experiment with flow and go off a little. I also liked the idea of having a track that people don’t necessarily have to listen to so closely.’


Featured Artist: Meer
Featured Track: FATOUSH

Reem, otherwise known as MEER from rap duo COOL TAN is a Lebanese/Palestinian/Iraqi wordsmith, poet and artist.

Featured Artist: Stanley Pedigree
Featured Tracks: ‘Groove Merchants’, ‘Moving’, ‘Continuum Remix’

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).

In celebration of Stanley’s first full album 12” vinyl release in December, check out ‘Continuum Remix’ produced by none other than Dirty Hairy (Zagreb, Croatia).

Featured Artist: 0800
Featured Track: Instant Stimulation

Auckland based rap collective 0800 have dropped their second single of the year, ‘Instant Simulation’, following their April release ‘Group Call’. Their 2019 debut single ‘DONDE’ hit one million streams earlier this year.

Featured Artist: STNDRD
Featured Track: ‘Best Friend’

From the group that brought their viral hit ‘My Uso’, STNDRD released latest EP ‘KEEP IT STNDRD’ last month. All tracks produced by SYGOTBEATZ.

Featured Artist: Pinn Tweaks
Featured Track: Tear the Walls Down ft. Dilz and J. Williams

Jason Peters is a man of many guises. Formerly the drummer with 90’s rock legends Pumpkinhead, and more recently helming dance act Kong Fooey, he has just launched his new musical endeavour, the cleverly-named Pinn Tweaks.

Debut Pinn Tweaks single ‘Tear the Walls Down’ mixes up hip hop and trap with R’n’B and soul, and features some fantastic vocal talent: J. Williams, and young rapper Dilz.

Dilz (Ngāti Raukawa) is a 24-year-old hip hop artist whose album Metamorphosis debuted at #2 on the New Zealand Hip Hop charts. J. Williams is a Samoan/Tongan singer and hip hop dancer whose crews have been medal winners at the World Hip-Hop Dance Champs.

Featured Artist: Young Adi
Featured Tracks: ‘I Want’, ‘Way I Move’

Introducing new artist ‘Young Adi’ who is a rapper, singer and producer from Palmerston North.

Featured Artist: And$um
Featured Tracks: ‘Relax ft. Dharmarat, Candice Milner’, ‘Look At Me ft. Silas Futura, Fable’

Ōtautahi hip-hop artist And$um has dropped a beautiful track featuring Dharmarat and Candice Milner.

Featured Artist: KAU
Featured Tracks: ‘West Coast Cruise ft. Mai, NORDZ, Manafest’, ‘Blacksand ft. Mai’

KAU’s debut album ‘Blacksand’ is 11 tracks of sunset vibes about growing up, living and hanging out in West Auckland.
‘Its been an outlet to release positive energy for myself over the last couple years and its so dope to represent Te Henga through my music and the lifestyle and people i’ve grown up with but overall it’s about kicking back and having a good time.’

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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