In this New Year edition of FTF, we select the tracks to celebrate correctly
Everyone knows hitting the club for New Years Eve is overrated. House parties rule the roost on NYE, and going out out is best kept for New Years Day. Attending a shindig comes with no commitment, pressure, entry queues or fees, and makes for a better social experience.
For those throwing a party or adding music input, here are some tracks to keep guests merry and stop them departing elsewhere.
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Paying homage to David Bowie and dancing will be a top priority for many New Year’s Eve events. Kill two birds with one stone and play this Bowie jam.
Serge Santiago – Atto d’amore (Dub Version)
Our favourite discovery of 2016 is this dancefloor bomb. Check out the epic organ and let it lead you into 2017.
Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles ft. Gucci Mane
Doing the Mannequin Challenge when the clock strikes midnight is not a bad idea.
Abba – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Any singletons looking for a New Year peck should whack this on during the approach to midnight. Then lock eyes on the best candidate to see in 2017 with. Fool. Proof.
Prince – 1999
Your party needs Prince. Lots of it.
Octave One feat. Ann Saunderson – Black Water
“Just open your heart, just open your mind and let your love flow like the sunshine.” In a year of humanitarian crisis, shock referendums and elections, this track always manages to lift a mood.
Wham! – Club Tropicana
George Michael was the final pop icon we sadly lost this year. We will be listening to ‘Club Tropicana’ as its music video is filmed on our favourite island Ibiza. Only five months to go till we can recreate this video at Pikes Hotel.
Pete Heller – Big Love
Orbital – Belfast
If you think your crowd is ready for a trip into the weird and wonderful slap this on. This slice of rave history may be best saved for morning hours if you’re in it for the long run.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
2016 was all a dream! If only Biggie, if only. Champagne sipping material to toast the year goodbye.
Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze’s Extended Disco Version)
NYE soundtracks must have plenty of disco edits. DJ Koze’s take on Lapsley was one of the year’s biggest and a crossover triumph.
Offaiah – Trouble (Layout Remix)
Layout’s remix of ‘Trouble’ is a crowd pleaser and a guilty pleasure for the UK influence they pin on the track.
Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Know Me
Nothing screams party like this track from US house legend Armand Van Helden.
Skepta – Man
Lastly, Mercury Prize winner Skepta. “Like hmm, my mum don’t know your mum, Stop telling man you’re my cousin,” is potentially our new favourite bar from Skeppy.