Guilty Simpson
Motor City spitter Guilty Simpson has his city’s musical DNA in his bloodstream. The son and grandson of performing musicians, the Stones Throw mainstay has worked with some of the biggest names in Detroit hip hop, including J Dilla, who debuted the then up-and-comer’s baritone voice on his 2003 Jaylib album, Champion Sound. In the country for dates in Auckland and Wellington, Guilty Simpson tells us about his relationship with the late, great Detroit producer.

Guilty Simpson

Guilty Simpson Photo: Dru Faulkner

Leonard Charles - #Fonky Donuts
Jeremy Toy introduces his cover of J Dilla's 'Waves', part of an ambitious project to cover the album Donuts in its entirety for The Genius of Dilla celebration in February. 

Paquin band

Paquin Photo: Jenna Todd

Paquin's Tom Healy talks us through III, the third and final release in Paquin's three-part EP series.


Astro Children
Straight-talking Mille Lovelock of Dunedin duo Astro Children talks us through their new release, Plain and Fancy Killings.

Astro Children: Mille Lovelock, Isaac Hickey

Astro Children: Mille Lovelock, Isaac Hickey Photo: Daniel Blackball and Alex Lovell-Smith

Alan Sparhawk joins us ahead of their NZ shows in April to introduce a song from their latest album, Ones and Sixes.

The NZ-produced documentary Tickled premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Helmed by journalist David Farrier and director Dylan Reeve, the film tells the unusual story of ‘competitive tickling’ in the United States. For the score, Farrier and Reeve sought out Rodi Kirk, the producer formerly known as Scratch 22. Now based in Berlin, Kirk collaborated with German musician Florian Zwietnig – his first for a feature-length film. Tony Stamp talks to Kirk and Farrier about setting the tone of the film, and collaborating across time zones.

Rodi Kirk

Rodi Kirk Photo: Courtesy of Rodi Kirk


Mac DeMarco live at Flying Out Records
When Mac DeMarco recently toured New Zealand, he had just as many All Ages shows as R18 ones. Just as the tour was underway, Mac surprised fans by performing live in the car park behind Auckland's Flying Out records. Zac Arnold went along to capture the performance, plus talk to fans, the teenage promoter, and the man himself.

Mac DeMarco performing at Flying Out

Mac DeMarco performing at Flying Out Photo: Ben Howe

Purity Ring
Megan James of Canadian duo Purity Ring joins us to share details on their stage show ahead of their 2016 Laneway performance. 

Purity Ring

Purity Ring Photo: Supplied

Introducing Hartebeest

The Sampler: Lost in Mali
Nick Bollinger takes a listen to a survey of the musical geography of Mali.