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Every week, Zan Rowe invites a guest in to pick five songs around a theme. Along the way we hear a heap of stories, and find out a whole lot more about their musical heart. We might even partake in a bit of therapy. Join us.

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Every week, Zan Rowe invites a guest in to pick five songs around a theme. Along the way we hear a heap of stories, and find out a whole lot more about their musical heart. We might even partake in a bit of therapy. Join us.

    REMI's songs of friendship

    REMI's songs of friendship

    Melbourne duo Remi have been making music for almost a decade. We first met then in 2014, when they uploaded a song called Sangria to triple j Unearthed. I still remember finding it online, it was instantly catchy and I instantly wanted to know everything about them. They put out two records, and made a name for themselves with their live shows. The pairing of MC Remi’s elastic rhymes with the killer production of Sensible J made their music a no brainer. And so as they ready to release their third album, one very much grounded in their friendship, I thought it was time to Take 5. There’s been a lot of change in their worlds. Gone are the party days of MC Remi, while J (12 years his senior) is about to become a dad for the first time. They reflected on this quite a bit, while also looking back and celebrating the soundtrack that had brought them to this moment. Whether you know REMI or not, this conversation will lift you.

    Foreign Exchange - All That You Are

    D’Angelo - Chicken Grease

    Radiohead - Weird Fishes

    Nina Simone - See-Line Woman (Masters At Work Remix)

    Jay Z & Jay Electronica - We Made It

    • 33 min
    Jessie Ware’s late night songs

    Jessie Ware’s late night songs

    Jessie Ware got her start in the club. Back before she was making her own music, Jessie’s voice jumped on songs by SBTRKT, and her love of dance music has stayed with her throughout her career, where every album is always partnered with some killer remixes. Her debut album “Devotion” came out in 2012, and in the years since she’s released soaring records of ballads and bangers. In between crafting four albums, she also started a podcast with her mum. Table Manners sees Jessie and Lenny invite someone famous over to theirs for a meal and a wine, and has drawn more than 11 million listeners since 2017; with everyone from Dua Lipa to Kiefer Sutherland popping by for a chat. If you know anything about Jessie Ware, you know she’s a riot. And if not, you’re about to be charmed… by a woman who cut her teeth in raves, and whose club heart beats strong in all she does. From drum and bass classics, to early morning come down, this is an invitation to astral travel into the club with one helluva party pal.

    Adam F – Circles

    Khruangbin – Time (You & I)

    Masters at Work - Work

    702 – You Don’t Know (Reservoir Dogs garage mix)

    Donae'o – Party Hard

    • 29 min
    Tori Amos' sonic hunters

    Tori Amos' sonic hunters

    Tori Amos is an icon. From her arrival onto the scene in 1992 with her debut album Little Earthquakes, to redefining how we felt about classical piano, and opening the door for so many to do it their own way. Her voice, her style, and her presence has blown us away for almost three decades. Tori has released fifteen studio albums, consistently toured all over the world, and penned two books; the latest of which is titled Resistance. That was the catalyst for me asking Tori Amos to Take 5. But to be honest, this is one of those bucket list conversations I’ve long wanted to have. Teenage Zan wouldn’t believe this would happen. When I first heard her, Tori’s music and poetry cut straight to my core at my most vulnerable moments. It gave me strength, it showed me that individuality is powerful, it took me to another world. I know I’m not alone. The theme I gave her was sonic hunters; a phrase she uses in her book, for songwriters. I wanted to find out which artists filled her life with magic, gave her the power and the possibility that I had felt. What she shared was so much more. This is a deep cut, an amazing insight into a genius brain, and a celebration of music’s power to save us all.

    Queen – Killer Queen

    Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddamn

    Joni Michell – Carey

    Led Zeppelin – Going to California

    Beatles – A Day in the Life

    • 43 min
    Miranda Tapsell’s chapter songs

    Miranda Tapsell’s chapter songs

    I’ve been chasing Miranda Tapsell to Take 5 for years. The proud Larrakia Tiwi woman has proven hard to pin down because she’s been so busy making movies, starring in TV shows, and writing.

    Many of us first saw Taps in 2012, in her breakthrough role as Cynthia in The Sapphires. But she’s also been a star of stage and small screen, performing in plays, on telly as Martha in Love Child, and a regular guest on Get Krackin’, and most recently as the lead star and co-writer of Top End Wedding. In amongst it all, Miranda Tapsell penned her memoir Top End Girl capturing a particularly hectic time where she not only wrote a film about getting married, but got hitched herself.

    Across five tunes, Miranda takes you from her childhood in Darwin and Jabiru, to what called her to acting, and the power of seeing yourself and people like you, on screen.

    Roxette – 'It Must Have Been Love'

    Spice Girls – 'Wannabe'

    Christine Anu – 'Island Home'

    TLC – 'Unpretty'

    Bruno Mars – 'Marry You'

    • 36 min
    The Rapture share songs for the people they love

    The Rapture share songs for the people they love

    The Rapture are one of my favourite bands. They were the sound of the noughties; with their punk-funk party out of New York City, they’d define a scene and fill every dancefloor on Indie night at the local pub.

    Every now and then, I like to dip into the Take 5 archives and share a conversation from the past because, while this podcast has been around for almost three years, the Take 5 has been going for more than fourteen.

    I’ll be honest, some of these early conversations are a bit rough. You’ll hear a bit of room sound in this Take 5, you’ll notice some nerves in my voice too (like I said, I’m a fan) but one of the strangest things about this Take 5 is that Luke, Vito and Gabe from The Rapture picked the songs but only Luke and Vito turned up to the chat. Don’t worry, we call Gabe at the beach, halfway through.

    From heartfelt moments to all out parties, this is a wild ride with some lovely lads.

    The Beatles - ‘Julia’
    MGMT - ‘Weekend Wars’
    Roxy Music - ‘Remake Remodel’
    Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard — ‘The One I Love Is Gone’
    Aaliyah - ‘4 Page Letter’

    • 18 min
    Anna Calvi’s songs of freedom

    Anna Calvi’s songs of freedom

    Anna Calvi is a powerhouse. A virtuoso guitarist from a young age, it took her a while to gather confidence to get behind the mic; but when she did, the world took notice. In the last decade, Anna has released three acclaimed albums, she’s toured Australia, and she’s consistently pushed the boundaries, sonically and lyrically.

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Anna a couple of times before, and it’s always a trip to hear her diminutive speaking voice when you know the power she has on stage and on record. It’s like something transforms, when she’s inside a song. Our most recent meeting happened with the help of technology; Anna joining me on Skype at her apartment in London, and me in Australia, while we all stay close to home. I gave her this theme not just because we’re all in lockdown, but for that very switch I see flicked in her; when music has the power to bust us out, lift us up, and take us somewhere.

    From the heavenly sounds of Elizabeth Fraser, to the explosion of love from Perfume Genius, and the abandon of the Bad Seeds, this is a brilliant exploration of a wild heart.

    Grace Jones – Walking in the Rain

    Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

    Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Get Ready for Love

    Perfume Genius – Slip Away

    • 28 min

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