Fat Freddy's Drop - Bays
It's been a decade since Fat Freddy's Drop's debut studio album Based on a True Story etched itself into New Zealand music history. The band's signature chilled-out jazz-dub-soul has been a fixture of the local summer music scene since, and it's in this setting where the majority of their new material has been road tested. But their latest full-length offering, Bays, is an exclusively in-studio affair, and as yet none of the tracks have been played in front of an audience. Ahead of the album’s live debut at their sold-out Auckland Town Hall gig, Yadana Saw heads up to FFD’s HQ to check on the band’s preparations for the big reveal.

Joe Lindsay AKA Hopepa and Yadana Saw

Joe Lindsay AKA Hopepa and Yadana Saw Photo: Sarah Hunter

Anatomy of a Song: Estère - Culture Clash
Spanky Moore of Christchurch bNet station, RDU, gets to the nuts and bolts of contemporary local classics. This week he joins Wellington neo soul producer Estère, to talk through ‘Culture Clash’, a limber, downtempo number from her debut EP.


Majical Cloudz
Majical Cloudz have just release their second album Are You Alone?, Zac Arnold talks to Devon Welsh about the inspiration for the album.

Majical Cloudz

Majical Cloudz Photo: Sarah O'Driscoll

The Sampler - U.S. Girls
 Jim Pinckney of The Sampler takes a look at Half Free by US Girls, one of our favourite releases of 2015

Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts
Gemma Syme, aka Instant Fantasy, takes a tour of the latest sound works on offer at the Audacious festival in central Christchurch. Discover the city's electromagnetic landscape, a choir of bedroom recordings from women in Iran, and the shifting sonic spaces of the post-quake rebuild.

Gemma Syme at the Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts 2015

Gemma Syme at the Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts 2015 Photo: Photo by Pat Kraus

Introducing: Motte
Experimental strings act Motte introduces a song from her debut album, Songs For Movies.


Motte Photo: Justyn Rebecca Denney Strother


Anika Moa and Julia Deans Live with the Auckland Philharmonia
Recorded at their ‘Divas’ show in June this year, singer- songwriters Anika Moa and Julia Deans perform classics from their back catalogues with the Auckland Philharmonia.

Ciaran McMeeken - live in session
The up-and-coming Southern guitar slinger brings his trusty steel string and stomp box into the Music 101 studio.

Ciaran McMeeken

Ciaran McMeeken Photo: Supplied



Music played in this show


Fat Freddy's Drop - Bays Interview
Artist: Fat Freddys Drop
Song: The Raft (Stepper's Dub)
Composer: Fat Freddys Drop
Album: Single
Label: The Drop

Artist: Seinabo Sey
Songs: Easy
Composer: Seinabo Sey
Album: Pretend
Label: Universal


Artist: Leisure
Songs: Take It To The Top
Composer: Leisure
Album: Take It To The Top single
Label: Leisure


Anatomy of a Song: Estere- Culture Clash
Artist: Estere
Song: Culture Clash
Composer: Estere
Album: Estere
Label: Aston Rd


Artist: Georgia Anne Muldrow
Songs: Monoculture
Composer: G. A. Muldrow, C. Keys
Album: A Thoughtiverse Unmarred
Label: Mello Music Group

Artist: Choir Of Young Believers
Song: Jed Ser Dig
Composer: Choir Of Young Believers
Label: Ghostly

Artist: Dego and Kaidi
Song: Man Made
Composer: Dego and Kaidi
Album: EP2
Label: Eglo


Majical Cloudz Interview
Artist: Majical Cloudz
Songs: Downtown, Disappeared, Call On Me
Composer: Majical Cloudz
Album: Are You Alone?
Label: Matador

Artist: Sarah Mary Chadwick
Songs: Ask Wait
Composer: Sarah Mary Chadwick
Album: 9 Classic Tracks
Label: Rice Is Nice Records


The Sampler: U.S Girls
Artist: U.S. Girls
Song: Sed Knife, New Age Thriller, Damn That Valley, Sororal Feelings, Window Shades, Navy & Cream
Composer: Meg Remy
Album: Half Free
Label: 4AD

Artist: Arca
Song: En
Composer: Arca
Album: Mutant
Label: Create Control

Artist: Motte
Songs: Night Flyer
Composer: A. Clark 
Album: Songs For Movies
Label: Motte

Gig Guide
Artist: Seun Kuti and Egypt 80'
Song: Black Woman
Composer: Seun Kuti and Egypt 80'
Album:A Long Way to the Beginning
Label: Knitting Factory Records

Anika Moa and Julia Deans Live with the Auckland Philharmonia
Artist: Anika Moa and Julia Deans
Song: Running, Running Through the Fire, Mother
Composer: Moa
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Label: RNZ Music Recording

Artist: Anika Moa and Julia Deans
Song: Modern Fables, Broken Home
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Label: RNZ Music Recording

Artist: Joanna Newsom
Song: Divers
Composer: Newsom
Album: Divers
Label: Drag City

Artist: Savages
Song: The Answer
Composer: Savages 
Album: Adore Life
Label: Matador

Ciaran McMeeken in Session
Artist: Ciaran McMeeken
Song: City, My Kin
Composer: McMeeken
Album: Unreleased
Label: Radio NZ Recording