SO the academic year has come to an end and what a year it has been for music. Bay Radio’s music manager, Lauren Roberts has been working hard throughout the year to bring Bay Radio the hottest and the best music around. Whether it’s ones to watch in the charts or hidden gems from the music world, we have certainly been treated to a wonderful year of music. Christopher-Cameron McNaught, Sean Anderson, Jim Corbett and Alex Rees have taken a look at what Bay Radio has been playing over the past year and compiled their views on this year’s Top 10 and the final Top 20 for the academic year.
1) Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk: Argubably one of the coolest guys in music came back on to the scene with this collaboration with Bruno Mars and boy was it cool. A song that after only two seconds does it need people to get excited about. The song immediately wants you to start clicking your fingers and start shrugging your shoulders. This is the fourth time that Mars and Ronson have come together and adds to a list of countless hits. Inspired by the early Minneapolis 80s groove and funk which was pioneered by artists like Prince, the track brings back to life the coolest music with a modern twist. We haven’t heard anything like this in ages and it is going to be hard to forget it. Mark Ronson and Uptown Funk has surely given it to us! Alongside this sensational song is an awesome music video. If you don’t believe me just watch!
2) Hot Chip – Huarache Lights: The ghost of LCD Soundsystem runs through Hot Chip. Back in the day both bands were signed to DFA Records but the London five-piece is the only one of the two still standing. On “Huarache Lights,” the overlapping synth work and vocoder tracks give Hot Chip the edge in UK dance.
3) Mark Ronson – Daffodils: Yes, Mark Ronson did put out more than one song, this year. “Daffodils” features Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker in another mix of genres in the Top 10; Parker’s effects-heavy psychedelia, guitars and lively falsetto, and Ronson’s well-documented fondness for funk.”
4) Modest Mouse – Lampshades of Fire: The new track from the album ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ brings upbeat vibes in time for the start of summer. It’s a great feel-good song from the American indie-rock band who have been around for over two decades! Their unique sound has developed so well and you’re bound to press repeat on this track!
5) Clean Bandit – Real Love: Clean Bandit are music maestro’s of fusing together house and orchestral music and Real Love is no exception! The opening line and slow music of ‘We’re a thousand miles from comfort’ sets the tone of the song beautifully as the track builds to a massive sing a long chorus of ‘Is this Real, Real, Real Love?’ The drop on the chorus is incredible and this track is house enough so that the clubs will love it but poppy enough so that radio hasn’t been able to avoid it!
6) Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – Outside: ‘Outside’ is the second track that Calvin Harris has teamed up with Ellie Goulding on in which there first track together was the massive dance floor anthem I Need Your Love. ‘Outside’ is in some ways rather similar to ‘I Need Your Love’ in that it has a classic modern Calvin Harris feel to the production so it will get everybody bouncing around but Ellie’s vocals ensure that everybody will be singing a long. The track does have some heavy mixes available such as the ‘Hardwell’ Remix which adds something more to the track incase the listener would rather it was more ‘ravey’.
7) Laura Marling – False Hope: She’s back and paints an incredible picture with her dark and sinister lyrics. The downbeat theme is accompanied well by the upbeat backing track creating an ironic combination that I’m sure you’ll singing along to soon.
8) Beyonce – 7/11: Queen B is here with another club track that will be sure to get a whole new dance craze going. The song appeared in her reissued self-titled album from December, 2013. It is often described as having a frenetic sound.
9) MNEK – The Rhythm:Uzo Emenike is barely 20 years old but already has writing credits for The Saturdays, Kylie Minogue and Madonna under his belt. “The Rhythm” was a Top 40 hit and his soulful lyrics coupled with the dub hook of this track gives it a spot on the Bay Radio Top 10.
10) Rangleklods – Lost U: What is a Rangleklod? Well Danish Electro duo Esben Norsov Andersen and Pernille Smith-Sivertsen make up the Rangleklods that’s for sure. Taken from their 2015 album ‘Straitjacket’, ‘Lost U’ is a track that switches up immediately. Switching from male vocals that have to be Mike Skinner, transforms into the ethereal vocals of Pernille Smith-Silvertsen. Throughout the 4 minutes the two sets of vocals are layered around a series of electro loops to create a multi-purposed track. Whether it’s late at night or during daytime radio, this track manages to find it’s place.
Outside the Top 10:
11) Charli XCX feat. Rita Ora – Doing It
12) Florence + The Machine – What Kind of Man
13) Fossette – Polar
14) Lapsley – Falling Short (JackLNDN Remix)
15) Seazoo – Panda Pains
16) Madeon – You’re On (Gramatik Remix)
17) Sia – Elastic Heart
18) Colorama – Dere Mewn
19) Title Fight – Chlorine
20) LISTENBEE – Save Me