If you’re in the mood for some cute indie-pop, and really, when is anybody not, give The Gladeyes’ Psychosis Of Love a spin. With influences such as The Velvet Underground, The Shangri-Las and Animal Collective you can’t go wrong. Some of the coolest and most charming music coming out of New Zealand at the moment. Their myspace is here.
South Auckland hip-hopper Tyson Tyler released Reality Cheque late last year and now it’s arrived in the YA collection. It’s an incredibly slick sounding record that could’ve come out in the U.S. based on the production levels. It includes appearances from Temple Jones, Red Eye Society, Pieter-T, Cyphanetik, Ethical, Monsta Ganjah, Young Sid and Flowz. That’s a lot of guests.
Wellington’s own Trei makes the sort of drum and bass sounds that appear so frequently on advertisements for snowboarding stores. With the Winter Olympics in full swing the arrival of Innuendo would seem rather apt. Pick it up and practise your 540 McTwists to it. If you want to that is.
There are also a few new compilations. PHAT 10 is “a 4-day celebration of bass heavy dance at Inangahua, West Coast”. Includes tracks by The Upbeats, Salmonella Dub, Whirimako Black, State of Mind, Concord Dawn and others. Rocked 09 includes rockers from Mudvayne, Kid Rock and Eskimo Joe. Now that’s what I call music 16 (UK Edition) includes hits from 2004 for a mildly retro pop trip.