The Blog is back just in time to see out what has been a fucking beautiful 10 years of Kiwi music – We thought to ourselves what better way is there to celebrate than to ask some of our Best Friends & Whānau here at The Big Fresh Collective what ten of their favourite New Zealand music releases have been over the past decade!
LIAM K. SWIGGS is the guest of honour in this edition of 10 Kiwi Favourites;
Redwood’s new favourite prodigal son Liam K. Swiggs is a bonified local Christchurch Lad who loves watching a bit of Rugby League, slamming back a box of cody’s or two and ripping a fair few cones and to top it off; When he’s not out keeping the streets safe on Redwood Patrol – He curates this very Independent Ōtautahi Based Record label; The Big Fresh Collective.
Koru Licks – Koru Licks EP
Koru Licks self titled EP always held a special place in my heart back at the start of the decade as it was one of the first Kiwi releases i’d downloaded off Bandcamp when I was 17 years old which really started me & my dad’s journey into digging for music beyond crates – We were online bro – we had accessed the mainframe! Some how he still doesn’t have broadband… Definitely the soundtrack to many Belfast Summer Afternoons on the sauce!
Favourite Track – Riosynth
Rackets – Down With The Kids
Honestly really hard to nail down a single Rackets release to put forward but Down With The Kids always held a special place in my hear – Me & Ben Duff are known to have run the Unofficial Racket’s Fan Club of Christchurch for a while now… We’ve been fucking obsessed ever since we first heard them on The YGB Grey Tape and of course who can forget the infamous Inorganics tape! We missed them at Laneway 2014 for Danny Brown and vowed to never let them down again and we’ve been huffing glue & sucking cock ever since!
Favourite Track – Colgate Kid
Harbour City Electric – Harbour City Electric
Another staple on the infamous “Liam K. Swiggs Chill playlist” on my laptop throughout the years, The self titled release is the 2nd and only full length release from Harbour City Electric coming out of Wellington City back in 2012 and I was always hanging out for more kinda like pressies that gone off the market!
Favourite Track – “One Foot” was always the jam in the Paravan Belfast Days
Fortunes – Jackets EP
This is totally my break up & make up album bruh…
Favourite Track – …FKWTU when i’m happy & Justin Bieber when i’m not!
Die! Die! Die! – Form
Emotional one for me as Form always reminds me of post earthquake Christchurch vibes even tho it dropped a few months before they fucked our shit up!
Bizarre to think that at the start of this decade I only just turned 16 when this came out (the day after my birthday even) – But I absolutely thrashed it patrolling through The Halls @ Papanui High School, puffing my chest out like; I’m a hard cunt but i’m not really into metal anymore – “Have you even heard of Flying Nun Bro? Up2 later i’m gunna go score a tin out the front of Northlands if you wanna go halves coz I didn’t buy any lunch this week g”
I saw Die!Die!Die! play as part of the chart festival around the time this came out @ The Christchurch Town Hall almost in between earthquakes if i’m not wrong at Chart Festival and Aaron Ashworth drunk Diesels out of a McDonalds Cup coz he’s a loose unit!
Favourite Track – Hard question; Probably “How Ye”
Dog Power – Dog Power
Awesome self titled debut release from some fucking really good mates of mine @ Dog Power via the infamous Flying Nun – These guys are totally out of their fucking jurisdiction but they’ve got the clearance of The Redwood Patrol for life!
We still haven’t heard back from Jess Taylor though – If anyone has any information or leads to the whereabouts of Mr Taylor please don’t hesitate to call the Redwood Patrol Hotline on 0800 REDHOOD – One of our operators will be waiting to take your call and not to worry – Your corporation will not be blown as all conversations remain anonymous…
Favourite Track – Actress
Nakey – Live The Nakey Dream
Me & Ben Duff belted the fuck out of this one – Absolute gem of an EP from the short lived Ōtautahi Powerhouse group Nakey comprised of some absolute legends Steven John Marr, Jonty OG, Ryan Fisherman & of course M&M AKA Freshman Fly – Man I love it when she plays blast beat woah-oh-oh… Oh Yeah, Fuck Yeah!
Favourite Track – Oh Yeah, Fuck Yeah – We use to play this track every time The Vodafone Based Rugby League Warriors would score a really cool try or win the game or something
Estère – New Species Remix EP
Super fucking vibes; Estère’s original renditions of the songs before they were remixed on her debut self titled release we’re already lush but New Species is something different… I’ve always really enjoyed the concept of remix albums and this was special, easily one of my favourite music releases of all time
Favourite Track – Reptilian Journey (Jordan Rakei Remix)
Sidesteps Quintet – 48 Hours With The Sidesteps Quintet
Some really OG YGB shit here – Would thrash this one when I was working in a factory next to the Airport after the earthquakes in 2012 – 2013 when i’d nip off for an Orange V & a lazy sesh at lunchtime in Nunweek Park – Not to sure what ended up happening to SSQ as a group & shout outs to Henry’s Bottle Store in Bishopdale!
Favourite Track – Kuala Lumpur
Lord Echo – Meoldies
Favourite Track – Wang Mothafuckin’ East baby – I use to fade out to this jawn frequently, brought a lot of peace to me – Picture the scene; I’m in my Dad’s shed in Belfast, you already know i’m drinking Cody’s and smoking chop bongs, it’s Tuesday afternoon or some other obscure time that makes me feel bad because i’m on the dole or studying some shit just to fuck around for another year – But at the same time i’m chilling to this tune and feeling really fucking good and inspired because i’m working on music and shit like that I actually loved – Then suddenly the Cody’s taste twice as good!