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NZ Music Month: Discover Fresh Music By Kiwi Artists

Written by Ryan O'Connor on 27th May, 2022
NZ Music Month: Discover Fresh Music By Kiwi Artists

Help support the local music scene by getting stuck into some of the best new releases from local Aussie and Kiwi artists.

We've curated our very own playlist full of new local music releases so that you can help support musos, all the while treating your ears to some fresh bops! Check out some of our favourite new releases below.



New Releases: 


May is New Zealand Music Month! Celebrate New Zealand Music T-Shirt Day by checking out some of our favourite new releases by Kiwi artists. If you would like to make a donation to MusicHelps to raise funds for New Zealand music workers whose livelihoods have been shattered, and also to help the most vulnerable in our communities through projects that use the power of music to help and heal, click here.


Coming In From The Dark - Hollie Smith

With four #1 studio albums and counting, Auckland-based singer-songwriter Hollie Smith's album 'Coming In From The Dark' showcases the incredible musical talent of New Zealand to the world. Smith's deep and soulful vocals resonate throughout the record, atop critically acclaimed collaborations and emotive production.

Listen to 'Coming In From The Dark' via Spotify.


Cataclysmic Love - ELCEE

Indie electro-pop artist ELCEE has dropped a brand new EP 'Cataclysmic Love,' following the release of her first EP in 2015. With lo-fi beats and totally danceable, yet chill vibes, it's certainly one to check out.

Get into 'Cataclysmic Love' via Spotify today.


Pushing & Pulling - Miles Calder

Wellington's own singer-songwriter Miles Calder has unveiled his new single 'Pushing & Pulling.' The track features a catchy hook and guitar riff that evokes major 90s nostalgia in the best way.

Check out 'Pushing & Pulling' via Spotify.


Temporary You - Emma Dilemma

On-the-rise solo artist Emma Dilemma has dropped the second single off her upcoming debut album 'SPIT,' due Friday 1 July. The track has an angsty, punchy vibe that's perfect for your weekend playlist.

Listen to Emma's new single 'Temporary You' via Spotify or get tickets to see her live at Wellington's MEOW following the release of her debut album!


2step - Ed Sheeran ft. Budjerah

Rising Aussie favourite Budjerah has teamed up with the legendary Ed Sheeran on new '2step' remix. Budjerah's smooth and soulful vocals perfectly compliment Ed's signature pop style.

Listen to '2step' featuring Budjerah via Spotify.


Get Me Outta Here - G Flip

Singer, songwriter and producer G Flip has dropped a steamy new track 'Get Me Outta Here,' with the music video featuring partner and star of hit Netflix series Selling Sunset, Chrishell Stause.

Check it out via Spotify and catch G Flip at FALLS this New Year!


Melted Into Two - Dune Rats

Brissie rockers Dune Rats have premiered the official video for their grungy new banger 'Melted Into Two.' The track will have you jumping and headbanging into the week!

Get around 'Melted Into Two' via Spotify today.


Cry - Cat & Calmell

Sydney-based pop powerhouses Cat & Calmell are paving their way in the Aussie pop scene with the upbeat and catchy new single 'Cry.' The duo are also embarking on a tour in support of the #1 triple j Most Played track.

Add 'Cry' to your playlist via Spotify or catch Cat & Calmell live in Melbourne and Sydney.


Everything - Miiesha

The incredible Miiesha has dropped yet another masterpiece with her new track 'Everything.' The vibes are mellow, dreamy, and we can't get enough.

Listen to 'Everything' via Spotify today.


Killing It Off - Coterie

Perth-based four-piece Coterie are all funk on their new single 'Killing It Off' and will leave you longing to hear more.

Get into Coterie's new track 'Killing It Off' via Spotify.


Boy - Harvey Sutherland

Melbourne-based producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Harvey Sutherland has just dropped his debut album 'Boy,' a hypermodern take on funk music, along with a national tour in support of the album.

Listen to Harvey Sutherland's new album 'Boy' via Spotify or get tickets to see him live on tour!


Sort It Out - Beddy Rays

Aussie coastal rock favourites Beddy Rays have dropped their second single of the year with a punchy new track 'Sort it Out.' With crashing percussions and the band's signature gritty sound, the track will certainly get you in the mood to mosh!

Check out Beddy Rays' new single via Spotify.


Yours & Mine - Horrorshow

Sydney hip-hop duo Horrorshow have dropped a hot new track 'Yours & Mine.' With fire bars and a catchy hook, it is certainly one to check out. 

Listen to 'Yours & Mine' via Spotify or get tickets to see Horrorshow live at a venue near you.


Hollywood - Bessie

Perth-based artist Bessie has just released a whimsical new track titled 'Hollywood.' The song features ethereal vocals with a dreamy reverb, proving Bessie is one to watch in the local music scene.

Check out Bessie's new single 'Hollywood' from her upcoming EP via Spotify.


Mallrat - Surprise Me ft. Azealia Banks

Aussie indie favourite Mallrat has teamed up with enigmatic US rapper Azealia Banks on their new single 'Surprise Me.' Proving opposites attract, the song meshes both artists' totally unique styles into one hot track.

Get into 'Surprise Me' via Spotify.


White Flag Waves - Niko Walters

Up and coming New Zealand singer-songwriter Niko Walters has dropped his new album 'White Flag Waves.' With music in his DNA, being the younger brother of SIX60 lead singer Matiu Walters, Niko is showcasing his own signature hip hop and R&B sound to the world.

Check out 'White Flag Waves' via Spotify or catch Niko Walters live on his upcoming album release tour in New Zealand.


BAYNK - Adolescence

Kiwi electronic producer BAYNK has dropped his highly anticipated album 'Adolescence.' The record features ten stellar tracks and collaborations with incredible artists by the likes of Cub Sport, Tinashe, Cosmo's Midnight and more, making the perfect summer-sendoff soundtrack.

Listen to BAYNK's 'Adolescence' via Spotify and catch BAYNK on his Adolescence Australian and New Zealand 2022 Tour!


Clarity - Vance Joy

Aussie export Vance Joy has dropped a lively and upbeat new tune 'Clarity.' True to form, Vance Joy delivers another awesome track and we have no choice but to press repeat.

Get into Vance Joy's new single 'Clarity' via Spotify or catch him live in your city on The Long Way Home Tour 2022!


Exit Sign - Teenage Dads

Soak up the nineties and noughties nostalgia with Teenage Dads' new track titled 'Exit Sign.' The song sounds like it's straight off the soundtrack of an early 2000s movie in the absolute best way possible!

Listen to 'Exit Sign' by Teenage Dads via Spotify.


It's Been a Long Day - Spacey Jane

Show Perth's very own Spacey Jane some love by getting into their new track 'It's Been a Long Day,' showcasing the band's incredible talent and versatility.

Check it out via today via Spotify.


Woman - Confidence Man

Your favourite Aussie electro pop band Confidence Man are here to make you move with the release of their new track 'Woman' from the brand new album 'TILT.' Do yourself a favour and get into it!

Check it out via Spotify today or catch Confidence Man live.


Girl Sports - Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

Canberra's own four-piece Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are giving punk-pop realness with their new gal power track 'Girl Sports.' Release all your pent up angst with this new banger!

Listen to 'Girl Sports' via Spotify or catch the band live at a venue near you.


Tickets - DICE

We promise it's not just the name of this song that has us excited! Perth's DICE band have dropped a fire new single 'Tickets' along with the release of their new EP 'Adolescent Arcade.'

Listen to the band's new EP via Spotify today.


bootleg jordans - Saint Lane

Kiwi-born rapper and singer-songwriter Saint Lane has dropped a new track 'bootleg jordans.' The song is a fusion of several genres, proving an anomaly just like the genre-blending man himself!

Check out bootleg jordans via Spotify today.


Superstar - Sycco

Aussie singer-songwriter Sycco is one to watch, and in case there was any doubt, she is proving it once and for all with her new track 'Superstar.'

Check it out via Spotify today or catch Sycco live at Jive Adelaide on Sun 10 April.


When You Feel Like This - Hermitude, The Jungle Giants

Blue Mountains hip hop duo Hermitude have joined forces with Brisbane indie rockers The Jungle Giants on their new track 'When You Feel Like This.' The song features glitchy production elements and infectious synths, making for an epic collab.

Listen to 'When You Feel Like This' via Spotify and get tickets to see Hermitude live at the Sydney Opera House in June.


UR Heart - Bag Raiders

Aussie electronic duo Bag Raiders aren't shy when it comes to showcasing their prowess as producers. Their new track 'UR Heart' certainly proves this as the entrancing beat builds and reveals the soundtrack to your next night out.

You can add it to your playlist via Spotify.


History - Mitch James

Kiwi singer-songwriter Mitch James will get you moving with his funky new track 'History.' If you love a classic, catchy pop song as much as we do, be sure to check it out!

Listen in via Spotify.


Sick To My Stomach - merci,mercy

Trending Aussie singer-songwriter merci, mercy has dropped a brand new track 'Sick To My Stomach.' Ironically, the song will make you anything but sick to your stomach with its catchy hook and super cool production.

Give it a listen via Spotify today.


Teeth - Mallrat

Aussie favourite Mallrat has released a punchy new single 'Teeth' after unveiling her debut album 'Butterfly Blue.' The track features 90s rock influences and feels like a totally fresh direction compared to Mallrat's signature indie sound.

Listen to 'Teeth' via Spotify or catch Mallrat live at Canberra's UC Refectory in April! 


On Your Own - Hayden James featuring Cassian, Elderbrook

Hayden James has teamed up with fellow Sydney musician Cassian and English producer Elderbrook on the electrifying new track 'On Your Own.' The song is upbeat, vibey and perfect for your next rave.

Add it to your playlist via Spotify.


It's So Real - The Black Seeds

Kiwi eight-piece The Black Seeds have dropped a brand new single 'It's So Real,' teasing the release of their upcoming album in June. The track is funky, smooth and totally contagious!

Check it out via Spotify.


Marry Myself - BENEE

Fast-rising Kiwi popstar BENEE has released a fresh single 'Marry Myself' from her brand new EP 'Lychee.' The song is one of seven funky bops on the new release and deserves the full attention of your ears.

Listen to BENEE's new EP 'Lychee' via Spotify or get tickets to see her live at a venue near you.


Still Dream - Miiesha

Miiesha does it again, leaving little doubt she is one to watch in the Aussie R&B scene. 'Still Dream' is introspective and whimsical as Miiesha showcases her ability to transport listeners with her music.

Listen to Miiesha's dreamy new track via Spotify.


Selfish - GRAACE

Sydney singer-songwriter GRAACE has dropped a five track EP titled 'Self Preservation.' The release carries a somber tone throughout, particularly in the opening track 'Selfish' with its perfect harmonies and vocal layering.

Check out GRAACE's new EP 'Self Preservation' via Spotify or get tickets to see her live at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory this Wed 9 Mar 2022!


Say Nothing - Flume featuring MAY-A

ARIA topping DJ Flume and Aussie singer-songwriter MAY-A have dropped a fire new track 'Say Nothing.' Flume's unmatched production perfectly compliments MAY-A's powerful vocals, confirming the song as an absolute banger.

Check it out today via Spotify.


What Should I Do? - Budjerah

Budjerah has dropped a killer new track titled 'What Should I Do?' The song is giving serious electro-RNB vibes and we can't get enough.

Check it out today via Spotify or get tickets to see Budjerah live at a venue near you.


Stars In My Eyes - Ball Park Music

Brisbane's indie rock five-piece Ball Park Music will have you seeing stars with their new tune. Still riding high from their placement in last year's Hottest 100, the song marks the second single from their upcoming album 'Weirder & Weirder.'

You can listen to 'Stars In My Eyes' via Spotify. Prefer to catch Ball Park Music live? Check out tickets here.


Touch Back Down - Ocean Alley

From Sydney's Northern Beaches to hit Aussie rock band, Ocean Alley's new track 'Touch Back Down' is a cruisy and entrancing tune with impeccable production and vocals.

Listen to 'Touch Back Down' via Spotify or get tickets to see Ocean Alley live at Waves Wollongong in June.


Mirror - ASHY featuring Vallé

Christchurch artists ASHY and Vallé have teamed up for the catchy new bop 'Mirror.' The pair met at a local songwriting camp and it's safe to say they are certainly in no shortness of musical prowess.

Get your ears around the new track via Spotify.


Can't Do Without (My Baby) - Cosmo's Midnight

Disco vibes! You already know the 70s are totally back, and Aussie duo Cosmo's Midnight are helping you relive your best flared pants and platformed shoe fantasy with their new track 'Can't Do Without (My Baby)'.

Check out their new tune via Spotify.


I Keep - BROODS featuring Tove Lo

Kiwi pairing BROODS have teamed up with Swedish powerhouse Tove Lo to bring you the catchy and tranquil 'I Keep.' The song is an electrifying example of the many tunes you'll find on BROODS' brand new album 'Space Island.'

Check out 'I Keep' and listen to BROOD's new album via Spotify.


Double Espresso - DICE

Perth favourites DICE have returned with a sun-soaked summer anthem to help you live it up while the weather is still right. 'Double Espresso' is a catchy and upbeat, steering-wheel-tapping tune that is sure to get you up and about.

Listen to 'Double Espresso' via Spotify.


Our Love - Great Gable

Aussie indie rockers Great Gable have dropped a buzzy new single 'Our Love.' With swift, layered vocals and sway-inducing melodies, the song was made for your 2022 playlist!

Listen in via Spotify. Prefer to catch Great Gable live? Get tickets to see them at a venue near you.


Apple Crumble - Lime Cordiale & Idris Elba

Perhaps one of the most surprising collaborations of 2022, Sydney's Lime Cordiale have teamed up with the legendary Idris Elba to create a very special project in the form their new EP 'Cordi Elba.' The EP features six tracks, each demonstrating a totally unexpected collaboration that just works so well. The opening track 'Apple Crumble' showcases Lime Cordiale's unique style, perfectly complemented by Elba's vocals. After one listen, you'll come to realise the pairing totally makes sense!

Check out the full EP via Spotify.


Safety Net - Coconut Cream

Emerging Aussie group, Coconut Cream, bring nothing but fresh vibes to the Australian indie rock scene. 'Safety Net' is a chill and catchy tune from their upcoming EP set to drop on Friday 18th Feb 2022, that will certainly have you keeping an eye and an ear out for the band.

Listen to Safety Net via Spotify.


Sitting Up - Spacey Jane

Fremantle's indie rock foursome Spacey Jane have dropped a breezy new track 'Sitting Up' following the announce of their upcoming album, due later this year. Get your ears around the fresh tune and get ready for their new album!

Check out 'Sitting Up' via Spotify.


Nobody Said - Trophy Eyes

Aussie punk rock quartet Trophy Eyes are back with a hot new single, 'Nobody Said.' The track is a hard hitting and emotive banger, building to a bold and explosive chorus.

Listen in via Spotify and check out the additional two songs featured in the single release, '27 Club' and 'Bittersweet.'


Your Love - Mallrat

Brisbane's very own Mallrat has launched into 2022 with a fresh bop titled 'Your Love.' The track boasts an urban flavour with a catchy hook and the vibes are simply... *chefs kiss*.

Check out her latest release via Spotify or catch her live at a venue near you.


Stranger Days - Skegss

Somber but uptempo, Skegss' new track 'Stranger Days' will have you unsure whether to dance or cry... or maybe both at the same time? Either way, the track has a fire bassline and is totally worth a singalong.

Listen in via Spotify.


Beach Boy - BENEE

Kiwi pop sensation BENEE has dropped yet another song to play on a loop in your head for the foreseeable future. This time, she's serving a fun, tongue-in-cheek track with a playful flare.

Check it out on Spotify before it becomes a Tik Tok trend next week, or get tickets to see BENEE perform live.


Vulnerability - Emma Dilemma

Christchurch native Emma Dilemma has dropped a bold new track, 'Vulnerability,' teasing the release of her upcoming album, 'Spit.' The song is a glorious example of everything we love about pop/rock, with it's empowering message and angsty tone.

Make sure to check it out via Spotify!


Drax Project - Crazy

 With their unique blend of jazz, R&B and pop flare, kiwi band, Drax Project, are kicking off 2022 with a fresh new tune, 'Crazy.' The song features a catchy hook with timeless pop-tastic production. 

Get stuck into your new fave song via Spotify.


Broods - Like A Woman

Kiwi duo, Broods, have made a stellar return to the charts with their rousing new single, 'Like A Woman.' With spectacular vocals and moving instrumentals, the track perfectly showcases the pair's contemporary indie flavour. 

Listen to 'Like A Woman' via Spotify, or catch them live at The Triffid, Brisbane and 170 Russell, Melbourne. Tickets are on sale now.


Beddy Rays - On My Own

Revive your favourite punk rock vibes of the early noughties with Brisbane natives, Beddy Rays and their latest release, 'On My Own.' The track is a guaranteed banger with heavy percussion and a bold electric guitar carrying the angsty vocals.

Check out the track via Spotify or get tickets to see Beddy Rays live at a venue near you. 


Confidence Man - Holiday

Aussie electro-pop band, Confidence Man, are back with their latest electrifying release, 'Holiday.' The track is a vibrant, up-tempo anthem that will certainly get you in the mood for your next vaycay, and maybe a few margaritas!

Lsten to 'Holiday' via Spotify and get tickets to see the band live with PNAU, Allday and more at Sandstone Point Hotel.


Hayley Mary - Fall In Love

Former lead singer of The Jezabels and singer-songwriter, Hayley Mary, has launched her solo career with a bang. The recent release of her 'Fall In Love' EP births the punchy, upbeat title track of the same name. With a catchy hook and Mary's emotive powerhouse vocals, the song is guaranteed to be stuck in your head. 

You can listen to the full EP, including the recent single 'Fall In Love' via Spotify.


Miiesha - Damaged  

ARIA Award-winning Indigenous singer-songwriter, Miiesha, returns with the release of her brand new EP 'Smoke.' With exquisite production and silky smooth vocals permeating through not only the lead single 'Damaged,' but the entire EP, there is no doubt that Miiesha is an undeniable talent to be reckoned with in the Australian, and indeed, global R&B landscape.

Listen to 'Damaged' and Miiesha's 'Smoke' EP in full via Spotify.



TEEKS - Oil & Water

Maori sensation TEEKS knows his way around a soulful tune. With the release of his latest album 'Something To Feel' comes the moody and moving track 'Oil & Water.'  

Treat your ears to the full album via Spotify or catch TEEKS live at Rhododendron Lawn in Waikato (NZ) in Feb 2022. Tickets are on sale now.




Looking for ways to support artists through these tough times? Here are some simple ways you can help!

1. Buy some Australian and New Zealand music and merchandise directly from the artist's website or via Bandcamp.

2. Consider donating your refunds or a portion for cancelled shows to Support Act's The Sound of Silence fundraiser.

3. Spread the word and contact your fave radio station and ask them to play tracks from local acts you'd love to hear over the airwaves.

4. Buy tickets to artists rescheduled shows as soon as they become available.

Keep streaming your fave local acts on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music!

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