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Mark Clive de Lowe explores his Japanese roots

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“Heritage is the idea of transmitting from the past to the future,” says Mark Clive de Lowe of his inspiration for his new album, the appropriately titled Heritage. “It’s about identity and one’s place in the world.” 

Out on February 8 through Southbound on Ropeadope/Mashibeats, Heritage is the 18th album from the Los Angeles based pianist and electronics wizard and is a deeply personal of his Japanese ancestry and cultural roots.

The LP was recorded live over three days at LA’s Blue Whale jazz club, as well as one day in a North Hollywood studios. de Clive-Lowe deliberately edited the material in a way to blur the line between the live and studio recordings.

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Introducing DOG Power

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Indie electronica duo DOG Power have signed with Flying Nun Records, with their self-titled debut album due in November.

The band was formed in 2017 by Christchurch singer-songwriter Sam Perry – best known for his work with Zen Mantra – and experimental musician Henry Nicol.

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Bobandii readies new recordings

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Silas McLintock – better known as Bobandii – is all fired up about his latest recording project, which will showcase the talents of his live band.

The as yet untitled four track EP was engineered by Morgan Allen at Depot Sound Studio in Devonport and was recorded with his live band – Michael Howell (guitar), Olli Jones (bass), John Murray (drums), Seb Soto (keys).

Although the musicians featured on the single ‘Nazarite’ he recorded last year for Apple Music, McLintock is delighted that he’s had the chance to work with them on an extended recording session.

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Wax Chattels: Wax Chattels

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Proving that punk isn’t just about buzzsaw guitars, the Wax Chattels channel the spirit of seminal acts like Suicide on this splendidly splenetic slice of abrasive electronic bedlam.

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Arma Del Amor: Danny Fairley and Martine Harding interview

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Being based in Wanaka is both a blessing and a curse, according to Danny Fairley and Martine Harding – aka Arma Del Amor – who have just released their debut album Onna Bugeisha.

On the plus side, they agree it’s a fantastic place to live but they do miss not being able to interact regularly with other music makers. “Wanaka is amazing but I definitely struggle not having other musicians to sit down and jam with,” Fairley admits. “When we flew to Wellington to mix the album, we got to hang out with all these musicians and you come away feeling really inspired.”

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Estère: all her Design

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She may sing about being a control freak on her full length debut album My Design, On Others’ Lives, but Estère is reluctant to classify herself as one in real life.

“I wouldn’t say I am a control freak but I’d say that I like to have input into all my creative endeavours,” is how the Wellington artist explains it.

Nevertheless, there is a certainly a determinedly single-minded approach to both how she makes music and releases it. For example, not many young artists would think of making their debut a double, but that is what Estère opted for with My Design, On Others’ Lives, which she wrote, performed and produced herself. Although part of it was released digitally as an EP last year, her first record – available here on vinyl, CD and cassette as well digital – stands as an ambitious and impressive statement of intent.

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Disc-less CD for Arma Del Amor

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Arma Del Amor have come with a novel approach for the physical release of their debut album Onna Bugeisha: a CD without a disc.

The Wanaka-based duo of Martine Harding and Danny Fairley have lined up a special limited edition vinyl release next month for their first long player and the album will also be available digitally through the usual channels.

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PT unveils Goliath

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“I wanted the sound to be visionary and future-forward,” says Kiwi chart-topper Pieter T of his new album Goliath, which drops on May 4.

The new long player will be released under his new moniker PT and the first single from it, ‘R.O.D’., was released today.

“I cannot wait for people to finally here what I’ve been working on,” he says. “I get asked all the time about what’s coming, which in my eyes is a good sign because it means people are ready for something new. I just had to take the time out to really sit in the lab and figure out ‘what next’. With Goliath, I feel like I have the answer.”

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Album Review: Lord Echo

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“I love music / just as long as its groovy” croons Lisa Tomlin on ‘I love Music’, the final track off Harmonies – and those lines serves equally well as a sonic manifesto for Lord Echo, aka Mike Fabulous.

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Shapeshifter: Nick Robinson finds Stars in alignment

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Shapeshifter are back with their sixth studio album Stars – and for Nick Robinson, their new record finds their love of both electronic beats and live instrumentation in perfect alignment.

“We are kind of in both camps,” admits the synth/bassist admits. “We are a band, and we sound like we do, so it makes sense to portray ourselves on the record. But in saying that, the album is written as an electronic album and usually would be mainly [electronic] apart from the synths we use.”

So on Stars – the Kiwi dance maestros sixth studio album – live instrumentation melds seamlessly with the electronics.For example, Robinson says the band used a number of old synths from the ‘70s and ‘80s; they had no MIDI function, which meant they weren’t able to go back and tidy up any mistakes.

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