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Before listening to Ria Hall’s debut album, Rules Of Engagement, the only other time I had heard traditional Maori language in song was during the Haka at sporting events. Unsurprisingly given that the Haka is a war dance the language is aggressive in that particular display however throughout Ria Hall’s record the depth of the language is explored magnificently.

Blending Maori language and English with modern musical genres such as hip-hop, pop and indie-rock makes Rules Of Engagement a truely captivating listen.

This is a record which greatly benefits from a full listen through in one sitting but can also be enjoyed as individual singles by anyone.

★★★1/2