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The Mixtape: Best of 2023 Pt.1

9 Dec 2023

We here at Music 101 are beginning to wrap up the year, and so today we are celebrating some of our favorite Mixtapes of this year. Audio

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Saturday 9 December 2023


Nau mai haere mai, welcome to Music 101 with Kara Rickard for 9th December 2023 

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1.20 British singer producer Sampha talks openly about music and finding his feet in fatherhood 

Sampha is a British singer, songwriter, and producer who has worked with music heavy weights from Kendrick Lamar to Frank Ocean.

His break out in music came when he collaborated with the electronic producer SBTRKT (subtract) and listeners quickly swooned over his rich singing voice.

Sampha’s debut studio album, "Process," went on to win the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year in 2017. His new record Lahai, is nothing short of spectacular mixing west african beats with jungle and jazz.

Sampha speaks to Maggie Tweedie about his finding his feet in fatherhood and writing songs that stay with you. 

2.10  Tom Scott of Home Brew on their first new music in 11 years

Kiwi hip hop royalty Home Brew have announced that a new album is on the horizon.

'Run It Back' is set to land on December 8th, marking the Auckland group’s first official release together since their number one self-titled album rocked Aotearoa music a little over 10 years ago.

Tom Scott joins Kara in studio to talk about the new album and the long break in between albums.  

2.35 The Sampler: French for Rabbits & Damien Jurado 

Tony Stamp reviews a string-laden set from Wellington’s French For Rabbits, and a mysterious collection of retro jams by American singer-songwriter Damien Jurado.

French For Rabbits

Photo: Bandcamp

3:15 Introducing: Romi Wrights 

This week on Introducing its local artist Romi Wrights - She is playing this Sunday at the Hollywood cinema in Auckland - Supporting the incredible legendary soul singer - Lee Fields. Here she is to introduce her new song 'Bring it Back'

3:30 Grayson Gilmour Live Session 

We play a live session by Wellington musician Grayson Gilmore, recorded in Wellington - He's on tour with his new album ‘Holding Patterns’

Grayson and his band are:

Grayson and band (Cory Champion: Drums, Olivia Campion: Percussion, Jacqui Nyman: Bass, Holly Beals: Vocals) perform:

Day Moon

Here We Are


4:00 The Best of Mixtape 2023 pt.1 

We here at Music 101 are beginning to wrap up the year, and so today we are celebrating some of our favorite Mixtapes of this year.

Over the next hour we are going to hear from Mikey Havoc, Hayley Sproull, Ariana Tikao, Gareth Farr, Hera Lindsay Bird, and Cleve Cameron -  They will tell us about how music has played a part in their lives.
We'll be playing you short segments of the Mixtapes, but you can find the full interviews online and listen back in full at

Mikey Havoc: Sly and the Family Stone - If You Want Me To Stay 

Hayley Sproull: Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood - Summer Wine

 Ariana Tikao: Big Thief - Not 

Gareth Farr: Osibisa - Ayiko Bia

Hera Lindsay Bird: Fruit Pastilles - I Don't Ever Wanna See You Again

Cleve Cameron: Bob Dylan - Times they are a-changin'

Songs played on the show today:


Lee Fields - It rains love 
Arahi - My Baby's Like A Hurricane 
Nulifer Yanya  - the dealer 
Arlo Parks - I'm Sorry (ft. Lous and The Yakuza)
Voom - B Your Boy
Joan Armatrading - Woncha Come on Home 
PJ Harvey - A place called home 
Caribou - Can’t Do without it 


Julien Dyne - Layer featuring Mara TK 
Homebrew-Run it Back 
interview: Tom Scott - Home Brew 
Whirimako Black - Tenei Taonga Te Reo Maori
The Sampler - French For Rabbits 
The Sampler - Damien Jurado


Fenne Lily - Christmas alone 
Lontalius - Domino
Mary Jane Dunphe: Stage of Love
Chic - Le Freak
RatBag- Rats in my walls 
Baloji & Jamila Woods - Gorgone
Sinead O'Conner - Troy