I give you the multiple-personality mix CD -- part angry liberal, part lovelorn dreamer, and part-gleeful moron... guess which part I am
• Black Horse and The Cherry Tree by K.T. Tunstall.
This is a splendid piece of irate stomping music with lots of whooooo-ooos
• You're The One That I Want by The Beautiful South.
Yes *that* one. A genius cover version from Grease, but done as a slow country-ish song. Which you will either love or hate.
• Whispers of Summer by Eliza Carthy
This is just raucous and cheering [X]
• Northern Sky by Nick Drake
This is my favourite Nick Drake song, even more than Pink Moon or Time Has Told Me. It reminds me of home.
• Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros
A startlingly beautiful slice of rock music. He could be singing about base-rate tracker mortgages for all I know but it's lovely nonetheless. From Takk
• It's Harder To Walk These Days Than Run by Karine Polwart
If you like, please buy Karine Polwart's CD, Faultlines. It's fantastic and she probably needs the money, given that the album is sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council.
• Morning After by Stoney
A song about the dreadfulness of the morningafterthenightbefore. You can download some Stoney tracks here for free and nuffin and I urge you to do so. He's an up'n'comer who writes interesting pop music. [here]
• Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards by Billy Bragg
Some of the best lyrics ever.
• Mundian Te Bach Ke by Punjabi MC
I think it's the fact that it samples the Knight Rider theme that makes me love it
• DARE by Gorillaz
If you can listen to this and not wish to... how you say it, shake your booty, you are either ill or deaf. Featuring the return of Mr Shaun William Ryder, this track was supposed to be called "It's There" but My Ryder was too stoned and Mancunian to manage those words.
• Def Con One by Pop Will Eat Itself
This samples Funkytown by Lipps Inc and the chorus goes "Big Mac and fries to go! Big Mac and fries to go! Gimme Big Mac, gimme fries to go". It is marvellously moronic and fun
• Na na na na na by The Kaiser Chiefs
Sing along now about stuff you don't like. Not big, not clever but Fun. With a capital fuh.
• Nice Weather For Ducks by lemonjelly
ALL THE DUCKS ARE SWIMMING IN THE WATER, TRA LA LA LA LAA LAAA!!