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Beth Orton

Beth OrtonShe charmed many listeners with her subtle blend of folk and electronica as she emerged, almost accidentally, from London’s heaving early ‘90s dance scene. With her song-writing instincts intact Orton’s sound has gradually shed the drum machines and synths. On her sixth album many of the numbers were recorded live with long-time guitarist Ted Barnes and backing-vocalist husband Sam Amidon beside her in the studio. Producer Tucker Martine steeped many of the tunes in gently swirling Hammond organ and strings enhancing Orton's American flavours, though Beth sights British folk band Pentangle as a key influence on this latest release. Tune in this Thursday evening as Beth Orton talks about the new album Sugaring Season.

Photo by: Jo Metson Scott


This time last week the Power Station in Auckland was packed to the gunnels with a crowd singing and screaming along to the hits of a Swedish dance-pop star by the name of Robyn. Birthday girl Emma Smith from Music 101 spoke to Robyn before her show.

The Datsuns

Music Mix producer Sam Wicks is a long-time fan of Cambridge sons The Datsuns who celebrate ten years in the business with the release of album number five, Death Rattle Boogie. Sam stopped by The Datsuns’ recording sessions in Auckland to talk to frontman Dolf de Borst about his rock’n’roll career arc.