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The penultimate round of the 2018 Outward Sound funding programme has seen grants to a diverse selection of New Zealand bands.

As well as rising pop stars such as Drax Project and Matthew Young, there is also support for the likes of hard rockers Devilskin, indie faves The Beths and Wax Chattels and country/folk icons Tiny Ruins and Marlon Williams.

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The Adults: Haja

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Joyous and uplifting, the new album from Jon Toogood’s side project The Adults shows how liberating it can be when a western artist seeks fresh inspiration in the sounds of Africa.

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Adults on road with Haja

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Jon Toogood will showcase his new album with The Adults with three live shows in September.

Haja is released tomorrow (July 20) and is inspired by the Shihad man’s discovery of Aghani-Al-Banat, a style of Sudanese folk music performed exclusively by women.

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New Adults album next month

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Jon Toogood has confirmed a July 20 release for Haja, the second album from his side project The Adults.

The Shihad frontman has also shared a second song from the album ‘Boomtown’, which features Chelsea Jade and Raiza Biza.

Haja – a respectful term for an older, more experienced woman in Arabic – is heavily Middle Eastern influenced and will incorporate a recording Toogood made with an all-female group of musicians in Khartoum, Sudan.

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Toogood reconvenes The Adults

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Shihad frontman Jon Toogood’s side project The Adults returns with a new single ‘Bloodlines’, which also features rising stars Estère and JessB.

Released to coincide with New Zealand Music Month, the song is described as a “battlecry for love from a female perspective”.

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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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