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Roger Taylor’s New Year’s Playlist: 18 songs to bring us into 2018

December 30th, 2017

GET UP – JAMES BROWN

The creator himself. Released just after my 16th birthday in 1976 but still killer!

MY FEET KEEP DANCING – CHIC

From the creator to the original masters ..Chic! Any song that has a tap dancing solo in it deserves credit. Very much part of my mis-spent youth on the dance floor.

THE GROOVE LINE – HEATWAVE

Amazing early example of electro funk from the late and great Rod Temperton who went on to even bigger things.

PLANET EARTH – NIGHT VERSION – DURAN DURAN

Takes me straight back to the darkness, glamour and mirrorflex of the Rum Runner club in Birmingham.

DON’T STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH – MICHAEL JACKSON

Still a guaranteed floor filler, wherever you are in the universe.

YOUNG AMERICANS – DAVID BOWIE

We often say “there would be no Duran Duran without David Bowie” and that’s absolutely true. Can’t help loving Bowie’s unexpected and brave excursion into Philadelphia soul, and this song has one of the greatest opening drum fills of all time.

I WISH – STEVIE WONDER

Legendary bass player Nathan Watts and Drummer Raymond Pounds laying down an irresistible groove. Stevie… we are forever grateful!

TALKING HEADS – ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Nearly 40 years old but this could have been released yesterday. So influential, and the wonderful ‘off centre’ rhythm only made sense when we saw David dance.

REACH UP FOR THE SUNRISE – ERIC PRYDZ RE-MIX- DURAN DURAN

Our Eric knows what he’s doing, and he’s had some enormous ‘tunes’ over the last few years. This remains one of my favourite DD re-mixes of all time.

PRESSURE OFF – DURAN DURAN

Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae and yours truly all in one room ..what more could we ask?

MUSIC SOUND BETTER WITH YOU – STARDUST

Put a Chaka Khan riff and Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk fame together, and genius like this is born. Started a whole movement of filtered loops and funked up bass lines.

D.A.N.C.E – JUSTICE

The French had finally breached our chilly shores and our house music was duly hung, drawn and quartered by Nu House.

CANT GET ENOUGH – SOUL SEARCHER

Soulful vocals from Thea Austin and soaring strings make this one of my fave anthems anthems of the 90’s.

VOYAGER – DAFT PUNK

Bass lines like this don’t come along every day. Homen Christ and Bangalter at their very best.

WHITE NOISE – DISCLOSURE

Both commercial and ‘hipster friendly’, which is no mean feat. Went a long way towards re inventing & re-defining house music in 2013.

BUSY EARNIN- JUNGLE

The best thing to have come out of Shepherds Bush since ‘Steptoe and Son’…their sound is described as “tropical percussion, wildlife noises, falsetto yelps and psychedelic washes mixed with badoinkin bass”..that’s good with me!

COME WITH ME – NONA EN PURE

Deeply inspiring ‘chill’ from South Africa ..perfect to wind down the dance floor.

VIDEO GAMES – LANA DEL RAY

Made for that post new year party come down..nobody understands the ‘black dog’ quite like Lana.

You can listen to Roger’s playlist on Spotify.

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