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New Music Monday: The Best New Zealand Music for February 5th-11th

Dive into fresh Aotearoa releases from Mokotron, Sachi, Delaney Davidson, Crowded House, Church & AP, and Vida


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Welcome back to Rolling Stone AU/NZ‘s weekly roundup of the best New Zealand music from the past week. Dive into the freshest Aotearoa releases by local artists between February 5th-11th below. 

Mokotron – “Tawhito (Caru Remix)”

Tāmaki-based producer Mokotron (Ngāti Hine) is fusing taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instruments) and te reo Māori with electronic music. On Waitangi Day, Mokotron dropped “Tawhito (Caru Remix)”, a fresh take by Tāmaki Makaurau producer/DJ Caru (Imugi이무기). Drawing from dark garage, 2-step, and dubstep, the dizzying track is a preview of The United Tribes of Bass remix album, arriving March 22nd on Sunreturn, including Māori and Cook Island Māori artists such asBig Fat Raro, Akcept, Netana, Hasji, DJ Oboe, Galoleafi, and Big Wā.

Sachi – “Wildfire” 

Auckland duo Sachi have unleashed “Wildfire” — a high-energy dance floor anthem that they’ve been fine-tuning in their live sets for over a year. With Mazbou Q taking over MC duties, you know it’s going to be a bop. 

Delaney Davidson – “Heaven Is Falling” 

Lyttelton’s prolific singer-songwriter Delaney Davidson is set to drop another solo album next month, adding to the three he released last year. His latest single, co-written with Hayley Westenra, features Reb Fountain on co-vocals, highlighting Davidson’s unique blend of gothic Americana. This track is a sneak peek into his upcoming 10th solo album, Out of My Head, where Davidson’s talent shines alongside guest appearances from Marlon Williams and Reb Fountain.

Crowded House – “Oh Hi” 

The legendary Crowded House surprises fans with a new song titled “Oh Hi”. Inspired by Neil Finn’s ties to the charity So They Can, aiding children in Kenya and Tanzania, this upbeat track boasts infectious melodies and a vibrant animated lyric video.

Church & AP – “WTF” 

Aotearoa stars Church & AP are on a roll with a steady stream of releases, both as solo artists and as a dynamic duo. Their latest track, “WTF” — “what the fuck are we talking about?” — dropped on Waitangi Day, packing a punch with their trademark style.

Vida – “The Story of Tavaki” 

Tāmaki Makaurau artist and musician Vida unveils her cosmic offering with a captivating new video for her debut single, “The Story of Takavi”. This visually stunning sci-fi journey takes viewers on an intergalactic ride around the city via public transport.