In a world of mimics, fakes and fame-seekers we really need genuine artists like Ashley Hughes. It’s goodbye to his old moniker, ‘Ethical’ – this assumed name brought with it an assumed identity that now does not belong. He has been through way too much in recent years to be anything but real.
Swizl Jager, brings a refreshing energy to urban music in Aotearoa. With his bi-lingual (Te Reo Māori & English) lyrics and a metal background, Swizl Jager is able to adapt and produce a wide range of music. Born and raised in Tauranga Moana (of Ngaiterangi and Te Rarawa descent), he is currently residing in Auckland.
Kidz In Space
When they first emerged, stiff, dark and synthetic, in early 2008, everything Kidz in Space did was shrouded in mystery. They claimed, semi-convincingly, to be from another planet. Videos featured images of the cosmos unfurling, and they accompanied songs which effortlessly melded the best of chart pop, rock and hip hop in a manner so effortless as to sound somewhat alien. Their television debut saw them in what at first glance looked like spacesuits.