Grid – Throb
Favourites of a young firestarter, this almost-25-year-old track still blazes with the big beat sound it inspired. Bring back Ball and Norris.
Propellerheads – Take California
Speaking of Big Beat, it’s been over 20 years since I saw these guys at V97 – still one of the best shows i’ve ever seen. I knew I should have bought that t-shirt!!
Lo Fidelity all stars – Battle flag
Once you’re in a Big Beat state, it’s easier to stay here. Part Underworld lyrics, part Oasis, part Chemical brothers sound.
Little Steven – Out of the Darkness
Banging, New Jersey, broadcast from a man who could easily have cashed in on his background but chose not to. Original sound and highlight of a recent Newcastle show.
Oasis – Gas Panic
Recent Gallagher battles have distracted from their original brilliance, including this hidden classic. As Liam says ‘it’s good fucking tune this one’.
Last Christmas – Beth
Not the cover I heard on the radio – a female led piano record- but a decent rendition of a heart breaker which sounds even better when stripped right back. We miss you George.
Jesse Malin – Operator
Favourite live artist of the year – by some distance- this guy maintains standards others cant. Cover from 08 and a great pick me up.
Lindisfarne – Don’t ask me
Stomper from Geordie lads sounding like a funk based Allman Brothers. Strap in when the riff kicks.
Black Rebel Motorcycle club – Little thing gone wild
Greatest band of this century, bar none. Still dark, bruising and menacing.