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There’s A Storm A Comin’ - Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley is an English troubadour with a wonderful baritone and an old world vibe. The title suits what we’re heading into. Catch you on the other side.

 

Stir It Up - Bob Marley and The Wailers

Bob Marley calms me. He is universal. I think he’s talking about stirring up a special recipe.

From A Jack To A King - Ricky Van Shelton

I love country. Originally a big hit for Ned Miller in ’63, this is a fatter version by Ricky van Sheldon from ’88.

The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala

Tame Impala is actually a multi-instrumentalist from Perth called Kevin Parker. He’s brilliant. He has Pop coming out his fingertips.

 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting

Sting sings about that old proverb with such gusto and passion. And with a great band, including Branford Marsalis, this rocks.

Rain - Dragon

Dragon were big heroes of mine back in the day. They lived in Ponsonby but made it big in Oz. Driving beat while you’re driving to the supermarket.

 Supalonely - BENEE, Gus Dapperton

Our very own Benee is, of course, a Pop Princess. She has her own sound and her own style.

Never Enough - SIX60

SIX60 are totally in touch with their audience, which is basically most of NZ. They continue to turn out the catchiest songs and this is one of my faves.

Earth Is The Place - Nathan Haines

Nathan Haines is our premier jazz artist – and more. One of his most assured tracks featuring Vanessa Freeman on vocals. “Earth is the place that I live, love is the space that I give”

Forever Now - Cold Chisel

My favourite Cold Chisel track with its storming chorus, reggae verse and Jimmy Barnes’s unique voice. Bonza!

Jolene - Ostinati Original Mix

This song is everyone’s guilty pleasure and here it’s been made chunkier by producers Ostinati. Dolly’s vocal is magic.

Fish In The Sea - Fat Freddy's Drop

A beautiful track from Fat Freddy’s Drop who have made a global niche for their glorious laid-back funky soul.

 Know You Better - LEISURE

These guys call themselves Leisure, they’re from Auckland and I dig their confident, soul-infused Pop. One member is hot new producer, Josh Fountain.

 The Thrill is Gone - B.B King

The blues is timeless and this example from the maestro, B.B. King, has got it all. The mournful lyric, the world-weary, tarnished vocal and the sublime guitar.

 Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town - Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers has left us but left us with some memorable songs. Here’s the poignant story of a Vietnam vet begging his wife for fidelity.

To Her Door - Paul Kelly, The Messengers

Paul Kelly has that story-teller gift, painting aural pictures of the everyday grit of life with insight and charm.

 Joy - Dave Dobbyn

My dear friend Dave has written so many good songs but I’ve chosen one that hides away on 1988’s Loyal. A joyous hymn to love.

Long Time - Mayer Hawthorne

This track dares you not to tap a toe and move a hip. Mayer Hawthorne gets it totally right with his falsetto and this new Motown feel.

Escaping - Margaret Urlich

Margaret, for the record, is my cousin and she’s got the jam! Sadly she seems to be in retirement but this track from her wonderful album “Safety in Numbers”, gets me every time.

 You Are My High - Demon

A yummy slice of electronica from French producer, Demon, with a brilliantly simple declaration of adoration. Hugs, not drugs.