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Music by Bergman: Leisure

Leisure is made up of the New Zealand music industry’s shining stars, and its quiet heroes. They’re writers, producers, video editors, solo artists, and members of huge Kiwi bands: Goodnight Nurse, Kids of 88, Kidz In Space. As individuals, they’ve worked with acts like Benee, Maala, Bailey Wiley, and Openside.

Leisure’s music is well suited to these global music hotspots. Its funk-inspired, 90s-influenced rhythms have slick vocals and electronic inserts perfect for an afternoon DJ set on a Berlin rooftop.

After two albums and last year Ep Leisure unveiled their brand new singles ‘Take Me Higher’ and  ‘Mesmerised’. The song channels the kind of smooth, lounge music vibe that the group has made their own over the past few years.

The muses of la musa: benee

One such banger is pop anthem Supalonely, by Auckland-born Benee (featuring American singer Gus Dapperton), which is rapidly climbing the UK’s Official Singles Chart – entering at Number 39 and zooming to the cusp of the Top 20, at Number 22 at time of writing.

Benee (pronounced ‘Benny’, fyi) was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Real name Stella Bennett, she’s just 20 but has already made waves in her home country.  Benee began her career posting covers to Soundcloud as a teen, and in her final year of high school began making her own tunes. The super-infectious Supalonely came about in 2019 as part of her second EP, Stella & Steve.