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New Zealand Music News


We had a listen to Tāmaki Makaurau-based electronic artist, Baby Zionov's, new single, 'PJ Princess' ft. Moody V. This drop came with the announcement of her upcoming debut album, Henrietta. 

By Carla Camilleri

Carla is a cave dweller who enjoys tinkering on electric organs.

Fresh off the tracklist from the recent Sunreturn compilation, See You On The Horizon,  Baby Zionov aka Aaliyah Zionov reveals a brand new track, 'PJ Princess' ft. Moody V. 

It is a euphoric listen, with Baby Zionov achieving the perfect balance between dreamlike and kinetic with her glittering synths layered overtop classic 90's club beats, reminiscent of electronic duo Tokyo Ghetto PussyMoody V. (Madison Van Staden of Babyteeth, Van Staden & Böhm, Moody V & The Mentral Cycle) contributes the perfect vocals layered sweetly over-top. Something about the descending melody is so easy to fall into. If you can't get enough of the 4 minute track, Aaliyah provides an 8 minute club mix as the digital B side.


"PJ Princess was put together in a haze at some point deep into Auckland’s second lockdown last year" says Zionov. "I think I was trying to make a grime tune, but at some point my conscious mind basically checked out and some kind of dream logic took over.

The track is a stream of consciousness you can dance to, the beat is put together with all sorts of weird sounds and ephemera that were occupying my mind’s ear at the time. It probably shouldn’t work on paper, but Maddy’s gorgeous, wistful voice, and her lyrics about the bittersweet comfort of being alone, tie it all together so perfectly. I think the end result is really lively!

It's a song about giving yourself space to breathe, so I think it’s only fair to give the song itself some space to breathe with this extended version. Extended mixes are a bit of a dying art nowadays but I love them because they let you fully immerse yourself in a song and appreciate it from different angles. Each of the different elements of the sound-world get a little more time to themselves here — the groovy bits get to groove out more, the vibey bits get to vibe out more, and the sad bits get to sad out more." - Baby Zionov




Henrietta is out July 1st via Sunreturn. You can pre-order the digital album HERE


You can find her Soundcloud here - a good place to listen to some of her full sets and previous work. 




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