Playlist: Lead member of Hackney Colliery Band shares his top 10 all-time favourite songs

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 February 2017

Hackney Colliery Band with leader Steve Pretty in the foreground, holding a megaphone. Picture: Aidan Harris

Hackney Colliery Band with leader Steve Pretty in the foreground, holding a megaphone. Picture: Aidan Harris

Aidan Harris

This week, leader of the Hackney Colliery Band Steve Pretty, which performed at Queen’s Theatre this month, shares his top 10 favourite tunes.

Release! (live at the New Empowering Church) - Melt Yourself Down 
MYD are friends of ours, and are awesome! I was at this gig, and as we’re putting the finishing touches to our live album (due May 2017), I’ve been listening to this live album a lot – it really captures the energy of that show.

Lazarus - David Bowie
A stand-out track from Bowie’s exceptional final album. Effected sax, superbly dark writing and really poignant given that he died shortly after it was released.

22 (over soon) - Bon Iver
Really enjoying Bon Iver’s new album, and this first track has all the interesting production, beautiful vocals and interesting sax (by the incredible Colin Stetson) that you get from the rest of the album.

Wyld Magnolia - To Be Continued Brass Band
TBC Brass Band are, for me, the most exciting New Orleans brass band around. They don’t tour, and haven’t released a lot, so they’re hard to track down, but they have more energy in their sound than any other band I can think of! Inspirational.

Love (sic) - Scroobius Pip and Christian Scott
Two of my favourite artists on one track! Essex’s own Pip is always brilliant, and Christian Scott is one of my favourite trumpet players around.

Stonemilker (live) - Bjork
The live version of Bjork’s beautiful heartbreak song has lush strings, intricate beats and Bjork’s voice soaring over the top, proving once again she is queen of left field electronic pop.

I Got The - Labi Siffre
A classic track, which features Chas and Dave as session musicians and was later sampled by Eminem, thereby meaning that Chas n Dave are on an Eminem record!

Lights On - FKA Twigs
Superb electronic production and a really new sound.

Music! Dance! Drama! - Jaga Jazzist 
A killer track from one of my favourite instrumental bands. Complex, intelligent music which is also really playful.

Feel The Love - Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra
As I write, this album is number 1 in the album charts, which is mad for an orchestral album!

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