Annie Mac: Her 6 Biggest Anthems of 2015

Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac’s compilation album series ‘Presents’ began back in 2009, and she’s currently prepping the seventh for its October 2 release. NME spoke to her to get her take on the six biggest bangers from the new playlist she’s put together.

Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars)
Who: Suave super-producer, friend of the stars
Track: ‘Uptown Funk (BB Disco Dub)’
Annie: “It’s a stretched out version of the pop track by Benji B, done in a traditional 12″ disco style. Plus, I have an unashamed love of pop music. It’s so foolish to turn your back on a good tune just because it’s become popular. I don’t understand why people do that!”

Jamie xx (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
Who: Beatmaker in The xx and icon
Track: ’I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’
Annie: “Jamie xx is a true artist. He makes music for himself. He’s so talented and is a really good example of an artist who’s able to make popular music that is still hugely interesting, hugely forward-thinking and credible. He hasn’t compromised whatsoever.”

Who: Cutting-edge, London-based producer and DJ
Track: ‘Chicago’
Annie: “I’ve been opening my DJ sets with this all summer, so it felt right to put it as the first track on the compilation. It was sent to me as a demo and immediately stuck out because of the sample, Frankie Knuckles’ ‘Your Love’. It was the first I’d heard of Après and I was just like, ‘Woah. He’s just pulled off a contemporary version of one of the most definitive dance music tracks of all time.’”

Who: Manchester electro-pop singer and producer
Track: ‘2Shy’
Annie: “She’s made a wicked track. It’s really warm. We really need more examples like Shura too, I love what she does. We need more women out there producing music! Tell me, where are all the women making beats? I wanna know.”

Who: Up-and-coming UK producer and DJ
Track: ‘Ambience’
Annie: “Melé is really young, he’s from Liverpool and he’s super talented. I’ve DJed with him for years and he’s a good friend. He had this track at the start of the summer and I’ve not stopped playing it.”

Duke Dumont
Who: Grammy nominated British house producer
Track: ‘The Giver’
Annie: “It’s one of those tracks that just feels definitive of 2015. I’ve been playing it non-stop throughout the year and it’s become my set finisher. It sounds quite dark. It’s unsettling. A lot of the time, the last tune in a set is jubilant and is about getting hands-in-the-air. This totally goes against that, which is fine by me.”