Music From New Zealand You Should Know


Loui the ZU

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Loui the Zu is a 17-year-old born in Zimbabwe, but he’s been in New Zealand since he was 6. His style is left-field hip-hop that brings in elements from pop, rock, and other realms, but as different as it is, it’s also easy to stomach. According to one New Zealander, he’s one of the most unique rappers in the country.

  • James

    David Dallas definitely deserves to be on this list.

  • Sam

    Yea David Dallas is a must.

    And @Peace (Homebrew’s less known younger brother) is some of the best music you will isten to.

  • Dooz

    Mt. Eden’s work with QuESt was awesome.

    No doubt David Dallas should be up here though.

  • Jimi Mataio

    Loui The Zu is not only a great rapper/musician, hes also a lovely, genuine guy and his music is next level!

  • Cinlay

    David Dallas should be included for sure, one of our most talented musicians of late. This list is slightly lacking on the electronic side. No mention of Shapeshifter who have had tracks released by the world’s biggest DnB label, Hospital Records, not to mention sold out shows throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Some Dub/Reggae acts definitely deserve a mention although I do realise that these guys aren’t in the P&P genre(s) niche, i.e Katchafire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds and Kora. Great list for the most part.

  • mike

    fuck, I was at googa mooga festival in NYC, had no idea who unknown mortal orchestra was, and skipped their performance. woulda been pretty sick

  • nichol

    bro david dallas and homebrew needs to be up there!

    alsio david dallas has made it big here in new york…0.0.cnfoEtSvSeA


  • Tim

    The Checks Candyman Shimmer video is off the hook –

  • Sam

    Shapeshifter is big and has one of the most unique live shows in the world!

  • BusStopHuslte

    Definitely agree about David Dallas. He’s been building some significant buzz stateside.

  • goombah

    Mainstream much? Not a single surprise here. It’s like reading the list from the VNZMA’s. NZ has so much more to offer than this list of bland, beige, watered down barbecue music. Disappointing, but not surprising.

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  • Dan Scott

    oh please, share your list of indy nobodies that you think deserve to be on the world stage… fuck’n hipster.

  • Dan Scott

    home brew is number 2 on the list

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