Apple Music celebrated NZ Music Month this year by organising a week of top secret recording sessions at Auckland’s Roundhead Studios.
Upcoming artists Tapz, Baynk, NÏKA and Bobandii were invited to take part; and they were given studio time along with bands, producers, and engineers to work with. The resulting tracks were then released a mere week after they were created.
Rapper Bobandii explained, “We've scrapped our ideas onto paper, recorded it, and now it's out there. Bang. Done...it's a brand new experience for me."
The songs are now streaming exclusively on Apple Music, and apparently Neil Finn himself was there to hover around the sessions.
The results are well worth checking out. Bobandii’s tune ‘Nazarite’ has him sounding like Drake, singing softly over live instrumentation. His tune is based on the biblical Sampson story, and talks about different temptations.
NÏKA released a tropical sounding banger called ‘Real Fake Love’, which has Solange-inspired tribal beats.
Electronic producer Baynk produced up another downtempo future-bass track called ‘Someone’, that focusses on missing a special person.
And rising rapper Tapz dropped an ominous sounding trap tune called ‘Shadow’, which sounds like Kanye West merged with a 90s horror movie.