Yoko-Zuna give us the rundown on the best tracks coming out of NZ right now
Always ones to be on the pulse of fusing electronica and hip-hop, New Zealand’s YOKO-ZUNA embrace both worlds with open arms and endless talent. Their stunning new Luminols EP puts this on full display with a unique combination of electronic pulses and crooning slow burners. It has the charm of alternative rock and the relentless energy of hip-hop, finished with flair that only YOKO-ZUNA could fashion. Now, as these boys are on the cusp of all New Zealand’s hip-hop scene has to offer, they’ve given us an exclusive insight into 10 of the best tracks to come out of NZ.
“The hip-hop scene in NZ at the moment is extremely innovative. We’re lucky enough to be a part of a scene that’s exploding at the moment, and the material that keeps coming out of NZ is getting better and better. It has a good natured competitive edge to it too, everyone is putting out so much good stuff, it’s making everyone else raise their level!
“Conscious hip hop is evolving really organically in New Zealand. It’s fostered by a community that really supports each other, there are so many diverse styles of hip hop now, and the artists are rapping about what they observe and what’s important to them. A lot of artists are going back to writing about what they know and their own experiences, and I think people are really responding to it. We’re honoured to get to play with a lot of these artists, and they are all definitely helping us become better musicians.”
SWIDT – Little Did She Know
MeloDownz – The Anthem
Team Dynamite – Marvin
Ladi6 – Guru
Bailey Wiley – Dos Fuegos
Raiza Biza – Strong Woman
Shiraz & LSJ – Barri
David Dallas – Hood Country Club
Lukan Rai$ey – Side$
Randa – Fashion
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD