71. Dirty Projectors – ‘Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie’
A happy new year to you all – and what an appropriate lyrical point at which to pick up The Playlist (“gimme some more / don’t ask what for”). On his 2007 album, Rise Above, Dave Longstreth “recreated” from distant memory the seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag’s Damaged LP. Unsurprisingly, his version (from which ‘Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie’ is pulled) came out sounding completely different.
72. PJ Harvey – ‘Big Exit’
No stranger to musical reinvention, PJ Harvey’s newest incarnation will be unveiled in the form of new album Let England Shake this Valentine’s Day. This track comes from her biggest success – the storming Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea – which recently turned a decade old.
73. The White Stripes – ‘The Union Forever’
With a screamed lyric inspired by (and mostly borrowed directly from) Citizen Kane, this is the stand-out track from the always dramatic White Stripes’ record White Blood Cells.
74. Röyksopp ft. Robyn – ‘The Girl and the Robot’
2010’s much heralded Body Talk peaked with Robyn’s second collaboration with the Norwegian duo. Perhaps their new partnership was cemented in response to the brilliance of her contribution to Röyksopp’s 2009 album Junior.
75. Burial – ‘Archangel’
During the late-Noughties, nobody brought dubstep as close to the mainstream as Burial. In fact, it was quite by accident that the then-anonymous London producer found his second album – from which this track is lifted – nominated for (and come mightily close to winning) the 2008 Mercury Prize.
76. Peter Broderick – ‘Sideline’
Incapacitated by knee surgery, Broderick’s tour dates early last year were cancelled, but he used the downtime wisely. Stripping his compositions down to the bare bones – he’s largely unaccompanied here – his folk songs took on a less haunting but purer character.
*tracks missing on we7.