Presenters’ Picks – 2006

Phoenix FM presenters pick their favourite singles and albums of the year …

Alex Fletcher

Single of the year: CSS – Let’s Make Love (And Listen To Death From Above)
Probably the best gaytastic single this year; gets me dancing like a queen everywhere I hear it.
Album of the year: Huski – Love Peace Pain
Chances are you’ve probably never heard of them but they are the best electronica/pop act around at the mo, playing some wicked small venues in London.

Ashwyn Smyth

Single of the year: Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Album of the year: Janiva Magness – Do I Move You

Chris T-T

Single of the year: Jarvis – Running The World
Album of the year: Joanna Newsom – Ys

Craig Hannington

Single of the year: not sure
Album of the year: Snow Patrol – Eyes Open

Dave Bishop

Single of the year: Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Album of the year: Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

Dave O’Neill

Single of the year: Absolutely nothing!
For the second year running, the music industry failed to release anything that captured my ear. Maybe 2007 will be different? Well, I’m not holding my breath!
Album of the year: Frost* – Million Town
Oh, this is an easy one. It is a seminal release of fusion progressive rock, combining hard edged lyrics with rocking metallic riffs in places, interlaced with exquisite and intricate melodies that puts hooks into your musical psyche and stretches it to the point of tearing. I can’t get one of the tunes out of my head as I write this! Now, that’s what music is really all about!

Eddie Curry

Single of the year: Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
Everything three minutes of music should be.
Album of the year: Long Blondes – Someone To Drive You Home
Someone had the great idea to mix Pulp, Blondie, Sleeper, Salad and the Younger Younger 28s on one album. Best track is Giddy Stratospheres, my favourite single of 2007.

Gemma Smith

Single of the year: Sunshine Underground – Commercial Breakdown
Well, I’ve been harping on about it for pretty much the whole year, and it’s been released twice, but still nobody’s heard of it.
Album of the year: Kooks – Inside In/Inside Out
After much pondering (and checking what actually came out in 2006!), I am going to go for this – it’s pretty much been my soundtrack to the year, and to think I only bought it because the shop had sold out of copies of the Arctic Monkeys’ debut!

Leo Martins

Single of the year: Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Dani California
Album of the year: Rapture – Pieces Of The People We Love

Lloyd Bonson

Single of the year: Feeling – Fill My Little World
For a number of reasons this band really stood out for me over the course of the year and it was the video to this song that got me interested in them. The video took some influences from the video to Talk Talk’s hit ‘Life’s What You Make It’ with the setting and layout of the band. Added to this some great music and probably the best lyrics I’ve heard this year and this song is a winner.
Album of the year: Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell III (The Monster Is Loose)
The final part of the Bat Trilogy and this one is an absolute stonker!!!! Not only does Meat team up with long term writing partner Jim Steinman, there’s additional material from Desmond Child, Nikki Sixx, John 5 and appearances by Todd Rundgren, Steve Vai and Brian May. This album is just bursting with Rock Gods – well worth a listen to.

Nick Field

Single of the year: Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes
Album of the year: Fratellis – Costello Music
Not bought many albums this year, but any album with tracks like Creeping Up The Backstairs and Henrietta is bound to be up there with the year’s best.

Oliver Rowe

Single of the year: Scissor Sisters – Irreplacable
Album of the year: Razorlight – Razorlight

Rifa Bhunnoo

Single of the year: New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream
Album of the year: The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control

Steve Furby

Single of the year: Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger (indie), Take That – Patience (pop), Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit (disco)
Album of the year: Don’t buy many albums but from my Radio 2 listening I ALMOST went and bought Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Worst single of the year: Toss up between Chico – Chico Time, David Hasselhoff – Jump In My Car and El Chombo – Chacarron

Steve Mead

Single of the year: Hybrasil – We Got Music
Album of the year: Pure Reason Revolution – The Dark Third
Nine tracks that melt perfectly into one another, this album is magnificent. The band are struggling to sort out a line-up change that occurred at the end of 2006 but I saw them at The Bassment in Chelmsford recently and they seem to be getting through it. Album highlight is Bright Ambassadors Of Morning.

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