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Kiwi music to discover, with thanks to NZ On Air

Hear these great new Kiwi tracks on More FM this month!

Georgia Lines - The Letter

Georgia Lines has released her first single of 2024 as she prepares for the release of her highly anticipated debut album.

“The Letter” is a heartfelt piano ballad that brings Lines’ songwriting skills to the fore. “Don’t read me a letter / Already know what it’s going to say,” she whispers wistfully before the song bursts into life, Lines’ voice crackling with emotion. It’s classic singer-songwriter fare, a song that feels deeply lived-in.

“I am so excited to finally share ‘The Letter’, the first track to be released from my debut album!” Lines shares. “Making this album has been such an incredible experience… pushing my creativity and musical capacity to the seams and I’m deeply proud of the body of work I’ve created.

RIIKI REID - Like You (feat. Balu Brigada)

Building on the momentum of 2023, Kiwi artist RIIKI REID kicks off the new year with the beautiful collaborative single ‘Like You (Feat. Balu Brigada)’.

After cementing her place in the New Zealand music scene as a multi-talented producer, dancer, video director, and singer/songwriter, RIIKI REID’s latest single ‘Like You (Feat. Balu Brigada)’ focuses on a melodic, raw and vulnerable sound. Reminiscent of the beautiful single ‘Home With Me’ (which debuted at #29 in the Hot 40 Singles Chart), ‘Like You’ (Feat. Balu Brigada) is the second track of the third mini–EP SKIN.

“I initially begun writing this song back on the 21st of October 2019, I was really inspired by dream pop artists as I was growing up and sort of diving into the alternative music scene in Wellington. It was left on standby until this year when I partnered up with Balu Brigada who I am just such a fan of” RIIKI explains.

Mountain Boy - Millions

Mountain Boy delivers his debut album The Days, a 9-track reflection on the ebbs and flows of life and the necessity of gratitude.

The musical nom de plume of Aaron Clarke, Mountain Boy is a project that's garnered praise from all corners, and his debut record is undergirded by his journey as a songwriter and producer. “Compared to my previous bodies of work, I leant into my tastes more and embraced the quirks, rather than shying away from them,” Clarke explains.

Lead track for the album "Millions" unfolds as an honest narrative, inspired by thoughts of a late night drive. Free from doubles and delays the artist usually favours, the track offers a pleasant point of difference on the project, that elevates the record from folk, to folk rock.

Kaylee Bell & NAVVY - Life Is Tough But So Am I

Kaylee Bell is back with an empowering new single, 'Life Is Tough (But So Am I),' featuring the incredible talent of NAVVY.

'Life Is Tough (But So Am I)' is bound to become an anthem for resilience, showcasing Kaylee's unique ability to blend genres seamlessly.

The single is accompanied by a visually stunning music video shot in picturesque Auckland, reflecting the nostalgia of classic Kiwi childhood locations.

Ruby Coley - Devil On My Shoulder

It’s the first track from Ruby Coley’s debut EP “Eddie”.

Raised in Grey Lynn, music has played an important role in her life, having grown up in a family of creatives including singers and filmmakers. Ruby grew her musical repertoire to become a singer in her own right while excelling on the piano.

The 21-year-old’s musical tastes include a wide-range of artists such as Gracie Abrams, Holly Humberstone, Sampha, Lana Del Ray, and Olivia Dean. She discovered her passion for songwriting in high school and, at home, would hone her skills crafting melodies and developing her signature, heartfelt lyrics.

In 2019, Ruby took the next step in her music career recording demo tracks at Roundhead Studios. Opening the door to fine-tuning her unique sound while along the way introducing her to different producers.

Her eventual journey led her to participate in the NZ on Air New Artist development project, where she teamed up with artist and songwriter Josh Naley.