The Sampler

Tuesday 28 July 2015, with Jim Pinckney

The Sampler: Tame Impala, Aron Ottignon, The Chemical Brothers

Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers: Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. Photo supplied.

Jim Pinckney checks the pulse on Tame Impala's Circuits, presides over a new EP from Auckland piano prodigy Aron Ottignon checks in on the The Chemical Brothers latest offering.


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Currents by Tame Impala

Jim Pinckney takes the pulse on Tame Impala's electrifying Currents.


Tame Impala CurrentsRunning hot on a streak of inspired perfectionism, the third album from Tame Impala, or more accurately Kevin Parker, the group’s frontman who handles everything by himself, takes his hyper melodic, psychedelic songcraft to new places and new levels. There is little mystery about how much solitude and withdrawing into oneself have been a motivator for Parker’s creative muse in the past, it’s explicit enough throughout his lyrics without needing to draw on album titles like Innerspeaker and Lonerism, On Currents he goes further inviting the listener into his own head for an exploration into the effects of a changing psychology and set of circumstances, all seen from the inside out. While the 29 year old maybe still swings a little too hard on the pendulum of influences and total absorption, he is certainly self-aware, and the brave step forward he’s taken on Currents bodes well for wherever he may take his talent next.

Songs played: The Less I Know The Better, Let It Happen, The Moment, New Person, Same Old Mistakes, Reality In Motion, Past Life, Cause I’m A Man, Eventually

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Starfish by Aron Ottignon

Jim Pinckney presides over the latest EP from Auckland piano prodigy Aron Ottignon.


Aron Ottignon Starfish EPWith a distinctive signature that combines the percussive and melodic, ex-pat, jazz piano prodigy Aron Ottignon has entered another phase in his career with his latest release. The Starfish EP is a dizzying collection of rhythms, melodies and flavours that he has picked up on his journey from New Zealand through Australia, London, France and around the world as a touring musician. Though he is the sort of artist who, whether by accident or design, often manages to fly under the radar, he has been quietly making big waves of late. It was his piano and arrangements on  Papaoutai by Lorde endorsed Belgian-Rwandan singer-rapper Stromae,  that helped make the track one of the biggest hits across mainland Europe in 2013. Launching an exciting, and untypical, new trio with co-producer Rodi Kirk (Scratch 22) and percussionist Sam Dubois the Starfish EP with it’s playful percussion, insidious melodies,  and meticulously crafted, modern production shapes makes for a very alluring entrée.

Songs played: Waterfalls In Tanzania, Starfish, Rivers, Kingfish  (Rodi Kirk Remix), Rivers (Labelle Remix), Waterfalls

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Born in the Echos by The Chemical Brothers

Jim Pinckney checks the formula in the The Chemical Brothers' latest album.


Chemical Brothers Born in the EchoesUnleashing 8 albums in the space of 20 years no-one can say that  Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, better known as the Chemical Brothers, haven’t bided their time and made every morsel count. Now in their mid-40’s, the former University of Manchester history students are less likely than ever to be found in the clubs that play their music, and provided their original inspiration. However the fundamentals remain essentially unchanged within dance music, and a large part of their success has been founded on their ability to deftly use, and abuse, the dynamic triggers that can have a widespread effect on a mass of dancing people. Returning to the formula of their earlier albums they’ve assembled a wide guest list including St Vincent, Beck, Q-Tip and Cate Le Bon, with a knowing confidence of which buttons to push.

Songs played:  Reflexion, Sometime I Feel So Deserted, I’ll See You There, Go, Wide Open, Under Neon Lights, Born In The Echoes, Taste Of Honey

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Coming Up on The Sampler

7:30 pm Tuesday 4 August: The Sampler

Nick Bollinger is back to review a sombre set of spirituals from North London singer-songwriter Bill Fay; and local releases from Auckland power-trio Rackets, itinerant country singer Aly Cook and The Wellington Sea Shanty Society.