Presenters’ Picks – 2007

Alex Fletcher

Single: Young Knives – Terra Firma
Love it, love it, love it! This song gets totally stuck in your head; “Fake rabbit, real snake, terra firma, terra firma!” Genius. Sounded brilliant live at Reading this year. Waiting for their second album with baited breath!

Album: Horrors – Strange House
A fantastic debut album from the Victoriana Southenders. Strange House is such a super example of a clash of old school sounds made into something new and exciting; eighties goth meets garage, punk, pop and a Hammond organ thrown in for good measure. No one makes music or dresses as good as these boys.

Bryan Powis

Single: Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill
One of my favourite artists of this year and one whom I have seen live this year … this song has memories behind it for me, so I choose this one … this song was also on the A List around the time I joined Phoenix back in May.

Album: Twang – Love It When I Feel Like This
The boys from Birmingham have definitely got my juices flowing this year with tracks including Either Way, Wide Awake and Two Lovers, and I still don’t find them boring … they have also got some cool remixes to their songs.

Charlie Davy

Single: Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80s
I’m not a big dance music person, but if something catches my ears – then I’m going to buy it. It’s a very simple song in terms of lyric and arrangement, but it got everybody raving about Calvin Harris (who used to be a shelf-stacker) back in March of this year and the album is pretty good, too. You play this track on a night out and everybody takes notice.

Album: White Stripes – Icky Thump
We had to wait 2 years for this album after the release of “Get Behind Me Satan”, and it was certainly worth the wait – A raw sound of blues and cheerful pop with the 3 first singles all crackers (Icky Thump, You Don’t Know What Love Is, Conquest). Jack and Meg get a lot of stick for being too simple but it works, and you only have to browse the many videos on YouTube to see that they are also fantastic live. PS: Meg is hot.

Dani Tebbutt

Single: Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
This was a great comeback album and single which showed us a different side of her skills/talent.

Album: Pink – I’m Not Dead
Again this was a great comeback album and she is a brilliant artist. I went to see her on my birthday at Brixton Academy and the one word I use to describe her is phenomenal. This year has been a great year for new artists and comebacks so it was so hard to choose but I have gone with two of my favourites that I am glad to see back on the music scene.

Dave Bishop

Single: Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Worth the wait – eat your heart out, Shayne Ward.

Album: Mark Ronson – Version
Normally I hate cover versions but I think the tracks on this album are the exception. I also very nearly chose the Amy Winehouse version of “Valerie” as best single as well.


Single: Justin Timberlake – My Love
Loved this just because you could listen to it over and over again. Reminded me of seeing Justin live – even if you didn’t like him, by going to his concert you would have been impressed as he is so talented.

Album: Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
This will go down in history.

Gemma Smith

Single: The Enemy – We’ll Live And Die In These Towns
The whole band without exception are very funny looking, but that didn’t put me off – beauty is only skin deep, and I’m a massive fan of this song.

Album: Jack Penate – Matinee
It’s all just remarkably cheerful! And he was very good at Reading.

Jay Preston

Single: Confection – I Choose You
A great modern tune with a strong helping of 80’s Kashif stamped all over it!

Album: Billy Griffin – Like Water
Only heard this recently but already one of my fave albums this year, real lurve music.

Mark Jackson

Single: Kings of Leon – Fans
A great upbeat tune, for us the … errr … fans.

Album: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Not a poor song on the album, how many can boast that in 2007? Quality!

Oliver Rowe

Single: Paolo Nutini – New Shoes
In Phoenix FM’s first year of permanent broadcasting, I’ve let the station dictate my choices. This seemed to be the top track played during our first few weeks on air.

Album: Koopa – Blag, Steal And Borrow
Regular visitors to the studio.

Paul Golder

Single: Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill
The only song this year that I’ve wanted to play over and over again. Unless you count any of the tunes on …

Album: Radiohead – In Rainbows
… which is their best album in ten years and a real return to form after two really patchy efforts. Top tunes are new single Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Nude and Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.

Steve Mead

Single: Editors – Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
The first single taken from the album An End Has A Start. A fantastic anthem, moody and melodic, an awesome first single for an awesome second album, I’ve really got to see this band again soon! Tim Ten Yen was a close runner up with Girl Number 1.

Album: Apartment – The Dreamer Evasive
One of the strongest debut albums I have ever heard, not one filler track on this album. At first I didn’t really ‘get’ Apartment, then I saw them live and was blown away by their live energy and seemingly note perfect performance, also they are bloody nice blokes too which always helps.

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