Hip-Hop Ain’t Dead, It’s Just Chillin’ in Kiwi Land.

What’s good everyone?! This is former Hip-Hop Director Bryce, aka DJ Collective writing from New Zealand where I am studying abroad. It has been awesome so far & I have been having a great time. I’m writing to spread the great music of David Dallas to you all. David is a native Kiwi and been making his way up the hip-hop scene in New Zealand in the past few years, most recently with his lately acclaimed Lp, “The Rose Tint”. I had to opportunity of seeing his perform a few days during our orientation week, and it was one dope show. The combo of a real steady flow and solid production, he has paired up and rocked a couple joints with the likes of Freddie Gibbs and Buckshot. Check out the single he put called “Take A Picture” and you can cop the full Lp from itunes below and won’t be disappointed.

The Rose Tint LP itunes

I’ve been rockin’ KZUU as much as I can from abroad, and wish everyone the best. Miss you all.



KZUU Top 30: 2/13/12

First Aid Kit swept in with the top spot this week. They definitely deserved it, if you haven’t heard their cover of Fever Ray’s “When I Grow Up”, it’s your lucky day, I’ll hook you up below.

When I Grow Up – First Aid Kit

Chairlift is still holding strong, and Air peeks into the top five with their latest, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (a triumphant return, after three years without a release). M83 was finally knocked out of the charts after a several-week run (RIP M83), and Cloud Nothings are holding right in there in the top 10! All is as it should be!


01. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
02. Chairlift – Something
03. Hospitality – Hospitality
04. Horse Thieves – Two Albums
05. Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune
06. Emperor X – Western Teleport
07. Sea Lions – Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid To Ask
08. Beets – Let The Poison Out
09. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
10. Dr. Dog – Be The Void
11. Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness
12. Quilt – Quilt
13. Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Out Of Frequency
14. Emika – Emika
15. Future Islands – On The Water
16. Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend
17. Radical Face – Family Tree
18. Sigur Ros – Inni
19. Tycho – Dive
20. Atlas Sound – Parallax
21. Big Deal – Lights Out
22. Brief Candles – Fractured Days
23. Brite Futures – Dark Past
24. The Field – Looping State Of Mind
25. Imperial Teen – Feel The Sound
26. Psychic Ills – Hazed Dream
27. Right the Stars – Hello Yes
28. Royal Baths – Better Luck Next Life
29. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
30. Trailer Trash Tracys –  Ester Domino

The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know

7 / 10

The new album by this Scottish noise group surprisingly lacks a lot of noise. These guys dropped the distortion pedals (at least for some songs) in favor of a dark, coldwave inspired sound. Many bands who play similar music attempt to add dark synths and end up making awful music, but The Twilight Sad pull it off 100%. This is solid stuff, think New Order meets Nine Inch Nails.

– Adam

Recommended tracks: “Dead City”, “Sick”, “Don’t Look at Me”

Tennis – Young and Old

6 ½ / 10

Pop duo Tennis released their first album Cape Dory last year and now they’re already back with another new album. Young & Old drops the lo-fi home-recorded sound of their debut in favor of a glossy studio sound thanks to production by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. While the songwriting lacks compared to their sing-songy debut, the cleaned up sound results in a better sounding, and more enjoyable listen. Good for the (hopefully) upcoming sunny spring days.

– Adam

Recommended tracks: “Origins”, “Petition”, “Take Me To Heaven”

Islands – A Sleep and A Forgetting

4 ½ / 10

Islands are one of those bands I like to shit talk because I think they’re boring. And while I’m not ready to apologize just yet, this new LP isn’t half bad. Nick plays around with some eclectic songwriting and it comes out sounding sort of like Bright Eyes meets of Montreal, if that makes any sense. It doesn’t really work musically, but it’s an interesting sound. It gets weird when he starts playing Jimmy BUffet songs (I’m, sadly, only half joking).

– Adam

Recommended tracks: “In A Dream (It Seemed Real)”, “Hallways”, “Oh Maria”

John Talabot – ƒin


½ / 10

This is the debut album by young Barcelona producer John Talabot. It’s a massively impressive record, bringing together house music and elements of chillwave and disco. The guest vocals by Pinoal provide a good backbone to some of the tracks, but the instrumentals work so well on their own it’s hardly noticeable. The opening track “Depak Ine” evolves so beautifully over the course of 7 ½ minutes, going from ambient jungle noise to a lurching-beat banger. It’s hard to imagine a better introduction to an album in recent memory. Seriously groovy stuff, one of the best debuts — hell, one of the best albums you’ll hear in 2012.

– Adam

Recommended tracks: “Depak Ine”, “Destiny”, “Missing You”, “When the Past Was Present”

Dr. Dog – Be the Void

6 ½ / 10

Hey, it’s new Dr. Dog! Imagine a dog with a lab(-rador) coat and a stethoscope handing out pill prescriptions. Hilarious. That doesn’t really have anything to do with the album though. The band live-tracked the whole thing and turned up the guitars. This gives Be the Void a much more “rock” edge than their past work. Dr. Dog are a consistently mediocre band though, and there’s not big enough changes here to change my mind about that. Woof!

– Adam

Recommended tracks: “That Old Black Hole”, “How Long Must I Wait”, “Vampire”