Only three tracks so cruel. So, they need to be tracks that could be everlasting if I’m stuck on a desert island one suitably silly and cheering for when things look bleak (Rock Lobster by The B52s), a beautiful soulful tune for those melancholy, reflective days (Sick Porter by μ-Ziq) and the most genius track ever that I can play at the ridiculous volume it deserves (LFO by LFO).
Nicola Place, Business director, Build
I’m sucked in by Now That’s What I Call the 80s, so I’d have to pick Kim Wilde’s Kids in America, as when I was a kid I was convinced that they had it better. Ghost Town by The Specials, as that Barney Bubbles video is etched on my psyche forever. The Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News, as the scene in Back to the Future with Marty McFly on his skateboard grabbing cars is how I wanted my adult life to feel.
Stuart Semple, Artist
I’m immersed in digital, but you can’t take the funk/soul brother out of me, so I’d say Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force’s Planet Rock. It’s a blast from the past an exciting marriage of hip-hop and electro that soundtracked the nights of my teens. Also Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man. From the initial cymbal crash it takes me on an effortless, soulful journey smoky and laid back, but full of intent. And Minnie Ripperton’s Inside My Love. It is a deeply special song, expressing the love of my beautiful wife.
Shane Walter, Creative director, Onedotzero
Carter Takes A Train by Roy Budd mixed with Cassius’ Mister Eveready I’m cheating with two tracks in one, but that’s playlist dictatorship for you. The opening score to Get Carter is seedy, tense, ridiculously groovy and a great setlist mood-setting opener, mixing effortlessly into the looping 1999 album’s stand-out track. Shack Up by A Certain Ratio from its industrial, metallic opening riff to its sneering horn echo-out, this track from 1982 is just a great ’mutant-funk’ stomper, fusing all the light and dark of ’New Wave’ Factory Records at that time. Right Here by SWV – compilations aren’t all about obscure tracks no one’s heard of as a way of substantiating your ’grooviness’, there has to be counterbalance. This is an evergreen R&B classic that samples Human Nature in such an innovative way and has the ability to completely turn a set around.
Paul West, Partner, Form