Leisure returns with new single “Summer Season” feat. Muroki
October 7, 2022 BY Jason Currell
The genre-defying New Zealand outfit LEISURE have returned with a new single titled “Summer Season” to wash away those autumn blues. Out on Nettwerk today, the new track features the classiest sun-kissed lines and seductive bassline and continues the band’s Midas touch of blending electro-funk pop, and soul.
The irresistible vocals are provided by Muroki, the rising Kenyan-New Zealand reggae musician from Raglan who is signed to Benee’s own imprint label Olive Records.
Forming in 2015 during a spontaneous trip up to New Zealand’s west coast, the five-piece collective LEISURE’s unique brand of electro-funk and shoegaze has charmed fans around the world. Their catalog has amassed well over 300 million combined streams, and they’ve gained a loyal live following, selling out shows in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, including a debut double performance at UK’s The Great Escape Festival. The band has received praise from fans and tastemakers alike, both at radio (KCRW- LA, WFMU-NYC, WFUV-NYC, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra) and press (NPR Music, NME, i-D, Complex, Line of Best Fit, Pigeons & Planes, NYLON, Wonderland, High Snobiety, Okayplayer, CLASH, Ladygunn, Coup De Main).
With a string of super chilled bangers under his belt including the platinum hit Wavy, Muroki is delivering on the promise that saw his self-released debut picked up by Benee and played by Elton John on his Rocket Hour radio show back in 2020. Blending his Kenyan and Coromandel roots into a brew that feels distinctly mixed in Raglan, the hometown he mostly strongly identifies his music with — its sunbaked, sleepy seaside intimacy and pounding surf a defining backdrop to this 20-year-old’s sound. Multifaceted silky and rhythmic grooves have strong ties to his surfing background, adding in sounds from South America to Africa and back to the west coast of Aotearoa. Find out more about Muroki HERE.