It's been a strange couple of days. To cheer you up, we played our best feel good songs as chosen by you. 

Click here for a Spotify playlist of today's feel good songs


12:40 The Sampler - 17 August: Milly Tabak, 1 to 12, Party & Gillian Welch​

Nick Bollinger discusses the country soul of Auckland singer-songwriter Milly Tabak and her band The Milltones; a compilation of local garage rock from vinyl indie label 1 To 12; and an abundance of new releases from the normally sparing Gillian Welch.

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Photo: Milly Tabak and the Milltones


1:30 Meet the new female artist who calls herself Deryk

Madeleine Bradley grew up in the Hawke's Bay and signed a development deal with Universal music when she was just 19. Now at age 22 she's releasing music under the name Deryk. 

Her first single received BBC Radio 6 Music airplay and received praise Apple Music's Zane Lowe and award winning UK fashion and music publication Clash Magazine. Deryk incorporates sounds from her daily life to add texture to her music, delivering a 90s trip hop inspired trance sound. 

Charlotte Ryan was so pleased to chat with her at RNZ - and first asked her about why she is releasing music under the name Deryk.

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2:06 Miss June live at Roundhead Studios 

RNZ Music was lucky enough to shoot a series of amazing live sessions at Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios. We captured performances from Kiwi/Persian rapper CHAII, country powerhouse Tami Neilson, pop-punk quartet Miss June and reggae legends Katachafire.

This week we’re sharing sessions by Auckland punk-pop band Miss June. The band formed in 2013 when frontwoman Annabel Liddell recruited musicians James Park (guitar), Chris Marshall (bass), and Tom Leggett (drums). Since then they've released their debut EP Matriarchy, a string of singles, and their first full length album, 2019's Bad Luck Party. They’ve received praise from The Foo Fighters, Shellac, Die! Die Die! and were set to open for emo superstars My Chemical Romance earlier this year however the show was cancelled due to Covid-19. 

The four-piece performed previously un-released track 'TWYA / That's Why You're Alone', and 'Orchid' from Bad Luck Party.

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Miss June band photo

Miss June band photo Photo: Supplied

3:15 Introducing: Soft Plastics 

This week we introduce you to Wellington indie garage-pop trio Soft Plastics, the collaborative project of Sophie Scott Maunder (Beatcomber), Jonathan Shirley and Laura Robinson. Tony Stamp talked with them about their sound. 

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Soft plastics band

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3:30 Girl Friday 

Kiwi musician Vera Ellen moved to LA four years ago. She's part of guitar band/feminist collective Girl Friday, who are about to release their first album Androgynous Mary. Tony Stamp caught up with her via zoom while she's currently stuck in her hometown of Wellington sheltering from the pandemic. They talk US vs NZ, and the inspiration behind some of the group's unique song titles such as 'Ambers Knees: A Matter of Concern'.

Click here to stream or pre-order Androgynous Mary

Girl Friday

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4:05 The Mixtape: Al Brown

Al Brown grew up in rural New Zealand. He’s a keen fisherman, loves Aotearoa's great outdoors and despite owning several of the city's trendiest eateries, he tends to refer to Aucklanders as “city slickers”.

His cook books and restaurants reflect his love of what New Zealand has to offer in terms of land and sea. Al loves to promote Aotearoa and our food to the rest of the world. He’s been culinary ambassador for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise since 2003. He’s also one of New Zealand's most easily recognizable chefs, with his signature thick rimmed glasses and cap. 

Charlotte Ryan spoke to talk to him about his favourite music, life, death and of course food. 

Songs on Al Brown's Mixtape:

'Tell Me Why' - Neil Young (live at Massy Hall 1971)

'Boots Of Spanish Leather' - Bob Dylan 

‘Cause’ - Rodriguez (From the film searching for Sugar Man)

'This is Me' - Four Hundred South Auckland school leavers (you can watch a video of this performance here)

'Long lonely Road' - Valerie June 

‘Faithfully' - Picking On series - Bluegrass Tribute to Classic Rock

Al Brown

Al Brown Photo: Supplied


Songs played on today's show

Teeks - Without You 

Nina Simone - Feeling Good

Misex - Computer games

Aaradhna - Wake Up

Love Sqaure- Mercy Mercy Mercy 

The Rolling Stones- Waiting on a Friend 

Cat Stevens - On the road to find out (2020 Version)

WOMAD Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita - Hinna Djulo

Dallas Tamaira - No Flowers

SJD - Tree People

Talking Heads - This Must be the Place (naive melody)

Lizzo - Good As Hell 

Bobby Hebb- Sunny 

The Phoenix Foundation and Nadia Reed- Hounds of Hell 

T Rex - Mambo Sun (instrumental)

The Tom Tom Club- Genius of Love 

Bob Marley and The Wailers- Positive Vibrations

The Beatles- Here Comes the Sun 

David Bowie- Heroes 

Booker T Jones - Green Onion

The B52's- Love Shack

Stevie Wonder- Don't You Worry About a Thing 

Trinity Roots - The Dream 

Future Islands - Seasons (waiting on you)

Harry Nilsson- Jump Into The Fire 

Little Dragon- Ritual Union 

The Cure- Close to Me