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12:00  INTERVIEW: Che Fu on playing Navigator at Auckland Arts Festival 

Che Fu’s 2001 album Navigator mixed Polynesian sounds with hip-hop, soul and reggae to deliver tracks that became kiwi classics like ‘Misty Frequencies’ and ‘Fade Away’. 

To celebrate 20 years of the album, Che Fu and his band, The Kratez, are performing Navigator live as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. 

He opens up the Charlotte about life, and how it feels playing the album again after all this time. 

Click here for tickets to Return of the Navigator at the Auckland Arts Festival

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Char and Che

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1:15 The Sampler

This week in The Sampler Tony Stamp discusses the Canadian chamber pop of The Weather Station and the Peckham post-punk of Goat Girls’ second album.

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Click here for more on Goat Girl 

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1:30  INTERVIEW: Elemeno P frontman Dave Gibson speaks about the band’s current tour in support of the vinyl release of their three albums.

Elemeno P are back on the road with a swag of vinyl – they've released some of their catalogue on LP for the first time.

Dave Gibson, frontman of Elemeno P speaks with Yadana Saw about coming home from NYC and what it’s like to play music he made with his friends two decades ago. 

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2PM LIVE: Imugi 이무기

Auckland's sensational electronic-pop duo IMUGI perform live at RNZ studios. Imugi is made up of singer/songwriter Yery Cho and producer/beatmaker Carl Ruwhiu. Together they've created a unique sound that combines synth-pop, trip-hop, pop, electro bass and modern R&B. 

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3:00 INTRODUCING: Nicolas Franchise 

Nicholas Franchise describes their sound as “pop-raunch rock”. His debut album Setup was recorded in Dunedin and released in 2018 while Nicholas was deep in the Portland Oregon music scene. The album quickly found a following in the U.S which resulted in a tour of west-Coast USA. 

Since moving back to Wellington, Nicholas Franchise have been playing festivals and working on a new album, one influenced by The Strokes, Mac De Marco, and Tame Impala.

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Nicholas Franchise photographed by Cam Hay

Nicholas Franchise photographed by Cam Hay Photo: Cam Hay 2021

3:30 INTERVIEW: Meet Canadian band Kiwi JR

Canadian band Kiwi Jr have just released their second album ‘Cooler Returns’ on Sub Pop Records, getting acclaim for its mix of indie rock hooks and singer Jeremy Gaudet’s witty, inventive lyrics.

Tony Stamp talked to Kiwi Jr in Toronto – the whole band was there but Jeremy did most of the talking (guitarist Brian Murphy also makes an appearance).

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Kiwi Jr

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4:00 The Mixtape - Benee

Benee, aka Stella Bennet, is New Zealand's top pop-star. In 2020 her song 'Supalonely' amassed over 400 million streams, she won the prestiguous APRA Silver Scroll award and took home four awards at the Aotearoa Music Awards.

Charlotte sat down with Stella after the release of her EP 'Stella & Steve'. Benee shares the tracks the inspired her to make music, and opens up about parts of her life the public doesn't know about on this episode of The Mixtape. 

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Songs played on today's show:


Sola Rosa - Don't leave home 

John Lennon  - Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

Morrissey - That's Entertainment (2021 version)

Neil Young - Old Man 

PJ Harvey - This Glorious Land

Edward castelow - When your tears have dried

Fania all stars  - Quitate Tu 


Pacific Heights - The Choral Sea

David Bowie - Life on Mars?

Radiohead - Subterranean Homesick Alien

The Chills - Monolith

The Sampler: 

The Weather station-

I Tried To Tell You, Parking Lot, Loss, Robber, Atlantic, Separated, Wear, Hear

Goat Girl-

Pest, Badibaba, Sad Cowboy, The Crack, Anxiety, They Bite On You, Where Do We Go


Groove Armada  - Suntoucher 

TV on the radio - Staring at the Sun

Haim - Summer girl

Nirvana - About a girl (MTV unplugged)

Talk Talk - Life’s what you make it

Kōtiro - All the Little Birds 

Kimbra - Top of the World 

WETA - Got the ju 

U-Roy - Rule The Nation


Shapeshifter - Inertia

Gary Numan- Cars

Wings - Band on the run

Being - Lucy

Crowded House - To The Island

Florence and the Machine with The XX - You've got the Love 

Louis Baker - Overdrive ft Kings 

The Verlaines - Death and the maiden

Pluto - Dance Stamina 

4- The Mixtape 

Björk - It’s Oh So Quiet

Miles Davis - The Doo-Bop Song

Lily Allen - LDN

Amy Winehouse - Some Unholy War

Social Lovers - Can’t Let It Go

Slum Village - Fall In Love

Alice Phoebe Lou - Something Holy

Tekno - Skeletun

Radiohead - 15 step

Tiny Ruins - Me At The Museum, You In The Winter Gardens


The Chills tour

Ben Woods 

Reid & Ruins