It's finally here, RNZ Music's top 20 albums of 2020! Did your favourite make the cut?


Top 20 albums of 2020 stars

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LEAO is the musical project of Auckland born Samoan musician David Feauai-Afaese. His music is influenced by the traditional Samoan-pop staples The Samoan Surfriders, Punialava’a, and The Five Stars, with contemporary rock and roll thrown in.  

Inspired by themes of rediscovery, reconnection, and feeling outsider to one’s own culture, it’s said if Flying Nun Records set up an office in Samoa, this would be the music the iconic indie label would release.

We're honored to have LEAO perform live for us on Music 101.

LEAO jamming some tunes

LEAO jamming some tunes Photo: supplied

2:30 New Zealand's one and only vinyl pressing plant 

Tony Stamp investigates our local vinyl industry. He looks at increasing record sales, the environmental impact of making vinyl, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected things and pays a visit to NZ’s first vinyl pressing plant since the 1980s.

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Holiday Records sign

Holiday Records sign Photo: supplied

3:00 The Sampler 

Singer-songwriter Matt Beringer is primarily known as the frontman of the indie rock band The National.  Since their formation in the late nineties, The National have gone on to release 8 albums, and have won multiple awards including a Grammy for their 2017 album Sleep Well Beast. 

Matt Beringer finally released his highly anticipated solo project Serpentine Prison earlier this year. Nick Bollinger reviews the new solo venture on this episode of The Sampler.

Songs played on this episode of The Sampler:

Matt Berninger    Distant Axis    

Matt Berninger    My Eyes Are T-Shirts    

Matt Berninger    Oh Dearie    

Matt Berninger    Loved So Little    

Matt Berninger    Silver Springs    

Matt Berninger    One More Second    

Matt Berninger    Collar of Your Shirt    

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Matt Berninger

Matt Berninger Photo: supplied

3:30 Songcrush 

This week Tony is joined by the founder of music agency Banished Music Reuben Bonner, and RNZ’s Jana Te Nahu Owen, to check out new tunes from Anna Coddington, Mara TK, Brown Boy Magik, and more.

Songs played on this episode of Songcrush:

Anna Coddington - Both Ways

Brown Boy Magik - 7.4 Duo

Goat Girl - Sad Cowboy

Khruangbin - Pelota

Mara TK - Met At The River

Il Quadro di Troisi - Beata

Anna Coddington, Goat Girl, Mara TK and Khruangbin

Anna Coddington, Goat Girl, Mara TK and Khruangbin Photo: supplied

4.00 The Mixtape: Fran Kora 

Fran Kora is originally from Whakatane.  He’s contributed a lot to NZ music, he’s a founding member of KORA and now Modern Māori Quartet

KORA, which stars the four musical brothers of the Kora family began playing together as a band in the early 1990s. The band have released three studio albums and are one of the country’s most prolific and beloved live bands.

They began songwriting for their new releases in 2019 with a fresh line-up. Based around long term members Fran Kora, Dan McGruer, and Richie Allan, new members Darren Mathiassen (Trinity Roots, Hollie Smith, Shapeshifter), Marika Hodgson (Hollie Smith, Troy Kingi, Alae) and Karlos Tunks (Troy Kingi, Modern Maori Quartet) have joined the mix.

His new project, Modern Māori quartet (James Tito, Matariki Whatarau, Maaka Pohatu, and Francis Kora) put their own spin on modern and classic numbers. 

Fran joins Charlotte for an honest and casual chat about life, his musical journey so far, and picks 6 of his favourite tunes on this episode of The Mixtape.

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Francis (Fran) Kora

Francis (Fran) Kora Photo: supplied


Songs played on today's episode:

Taylor Swift - Exile (Feat Bon Iver)

Diggy Dupe - CT & T

Thundercat - Black Qualls

Fontaines D.C. - A heroes Death

Benee - Happen to Me

The Strokes - The Adults are talking

Tame Impala - Borderline

Gorillaz - DÉsolé - feat Fatoumata Diawara

Run The Jewels - Ooh La La With Greg Nice & DJ Premier

Cave Circles - Benzo

Nadia Reid - Oh Canada

Bob Dylan - I contain multitudes

Tami Neilson - You were mine

Ria Hall - Owner

Sault - Wildfires

Phoebe Bridgers - Garden Song

Reb Fountain - when gods lie

Fiona Apple - I Want You To Love Me

The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers

Troy Kingi  - First Take Strut