Māori musician, bilingual singer and kapa haka practitioner Ria Hall has been a constant force within the cultural landscape of New Zealand (Aotearoa) since the mid-2000s. Over the last eight years, she's wowed festival audiences with her former band Hope Road, and collaborated with respected local musicians and producers like Riki Gooch and Electric Wire Hustle. Ria's also appeared on opera house and theater stages around the country as part of big bands Fly My Pretties and Eru Dangerspiel, provided backing vocals for Hollie Smith and Trinity Roots. She even sang at the Rugby World Cup opening ceremonies in Auckland in 2011, the same year she released her self-titled future beats EP.

Ria has just released her new single 'Love Will Lead Us Home.' Driven by a huge modern R&B vocal, expansive synth swirls, and a shuffling rhythmscape, it's a heart-string pulling meditation on, as Ria puts it, "searching for that intrinsic love from within to pull you out of a dark space and into the light - a love to lead you home." 'Love Will Lead Us Home' represents a welcome return from a charismatic and loved talent, who as well as creating her own border-melting music, has been a crucial figure in the ongoing preservation and promotion of Māori performing arts and dance at home and abroad.

You can stream/purchase 'Love Will Lead Us Home' via Bandcamp or any of the main digital music providers. The single comes with a dubby jungle remix produced by Tiki Taane as well as instrumental and acapella versions.