Hello and welcome along to our biggest and best SRA Playlist Meeting yet. I’m really happy to say that we’ve had 26 stations get involved with our latest playlist meeting, meaning I bring you views around the truly biggest records in student radio. Each station has told us if they’re playing the following records on their playlists or shows, and what they think of them!

Fleet Foxes – Third of May

Played On: 20/26
Thoughts:

“On the B list this week. Really excited for the new album. In my opinion this song isn’t shattering any boundaries for Fleet Foxes, but it is powerful when you really listen to it. I’m hoping the rest of the album builds on this sound and takes it further.” – Kate Giff (Xpression FM)

“This is definitely one that will appear on our playlists! I’m certain that there would be riots in the station if it didn’t get added – Fleet Foxes are remarkable, the way the vocals weave in and out of the almost psychedelic soundscapes driven by the guitars and subtle strings. This track may yet make our song of the week in future.” – Tayla Dickinson (KUBE Radio)

Startgate ft Sia & Pink – Waterfall

Played On: 21/26
Thoughts:

“A collab with Sia & Pink!?? Yes please, two powerful voices that make this record a guaranteed chart topper!” – Tom Hinckley (Shock Radio)

“YES – How can you say a no to a track featuring P!nk and Sia?!” – Mark Hoskin (Smoke Radio)

Skott – Glitter & Gloss

Played On: 20/26
Thoughts:

“Yes, we’ll be playlisting this track. Really unique style! Love the mix of harsh and light electronic beats and the harmonies are really nicely put together, complementing the instrumentals. Lots of Florence + The Machine/Lorde vibes coming from this; looking forward to hearing more, this artist has a lot of potential!” – Lydia Flavell (Fly FM)

“what a crazy music video! I didnt think I’d like this song at first but its grown on me. I would include it in our Blist daytime playlist” – Connor Morrin (Nerve)

Sundara Karma – Happy Family

Played On: 23/26
Thoughts: 

“Big fans of Sundara Karma at URN! Have been waiting for another release to put them back on playlist! Love how it starts and where it goes- love their vocals and what they do with their sound!” – Katie Willmott (URN)

“YES! – Sundara Karma are one of those bands who will only get better and better, and ‘Happy Family’ show just that. From the first time I saw them last year, their sound has developed, and this single is going to be another hit.” – Isobel Sheeran (Insanity Radio)

Alt-J – 3WW

Played On: 22/26
Thoughts: 

“YES. Brilliant return for alt-j, twanging guitars and building a mood is what Joe & co. do best. Great featuring vocals from Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell and a track that I’m imagining will get a lot of play on our station. Straight onto our A list!” – Alex Walker (Forge Radio)

“Love this new Alt-J song. It’s gone straight onto our B-List and has been played numerous time by members already.” – Connor Gani (Livewire)

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Vampires

Played On: 16/26
Thoughts: 

“Yes – got this on our B list and it’s nice to have something a bit heavier on there. Think there’s a really solid sound here, and Frank has done a good job with a catchy chorus. Just waiting to see if it can hold its own amongst the young alt-rockers around at the minute.” – Kate Giff (Xpression FM)

“YES – Not too heavy for the playlist, and a great way to get some rock into the daytime!” – Mark Hoskin (Smoke Radio)

Riton – Money

Played On: 17/26
Thoughts: 

“This has a catchy hook and nice tempo. I would put this on our A-list Daytime Playlist” – Connor Morrin (Nerve)

“This is really catchy and something we would love to playlist on the station, probably in our new music playlist or possibly C list.” – Charlotte Fowler (Scratch Radio)

Catfish & The Bottlemen – Oxygen

Played On: 22/26
Thoughts: 

“Yes – Added to C last week as every other single from The Ride so far has fared well on the station and many of the team had highlighted it as a favourite from the record.” – Xavier Voight-Hill (Surge Radio)

“LOVE Catfish, love this song- already on our B list! So excited to see them get huge this year so we will always been supporting as long as I’m here!” – Katie Willmott (URN)

The XX – Say Something Loving

Played On: 26/26
Thoughts:

“Yes – this whole album is great!” – Mia Abeyawardene (Fresh Air)

“A list, been looking forward to their next single release from this album. More lively in sound than ‘On Hold’ which was in our playlists for weeks.” – Tom Oakley (URB)

Clean Cut Kid – Leaving You Behind

Played On: 24/26
Thoughts:

“Yes, already on the playlist, lovely stuff!” – Neil Macquarrie/Amber Brooks/Tilly Goodall (RAW)

“With such a catchy and uplifting song, Leaving You Behind is destined for the playlists for several weeks” – Tayla Dickinson (KUBE Radio)

Future Islands – Ran

Played On: 18/26
Thoughts:

“Yes – I LOVE this song. Haven’t put it on the B list yet but probably will just before impact date. Have played a few times on my own show, so suppose that’s a few spot plays, just not station-wide. Really excited for more Future Islands soon. Vocal sounds great on this, and I love the striving beat. If I ever did any exercise I would probably do it to this.” – Kate Giff (Xpression FM)

“Future Islands seem like they are prepared to make it big in 2017 with this track! C LIST” – Tom Hinckley (Shock Radio)

The Big Moon – Sucker

Played On: 22/26
Thoughts:

“Love this band. Station & I have been following for a while now” – Jack Allcock (CSRfm)

“B list – Huge fans of the Big Moon at URB. Sucker, and the Big Moons other releases has beautifully honest lyrics and a full sound that makes Sucker stand out in the alternative scene.” – Tom Oakley (URB)

Fickle Friends – Hello Hello

Played On: 23/26
Thoughts:

“Fickle Friends are pretty well liked at Rare – playlisted” – Jake Crossland (Rare FM)

“Yes, upbeat and poppy, this song is what our audience likes.” – Alex Rojek (The Cat Radio)

James TW – Ex

Played On: 12/26
Thoughts:

“YES – Nice to have a track where you can focus on the vocals without sounding too slow, great for our sound.” – Mark Hoskin (Smoke Radio)

“Yes, we’ll playlist this. Really nice fresh feeling to this track! Sounds like an alternative version of Olly Murs – nice mid-tempo track to work with our high-tempo tracks. Nice, laid-back instrumentals and the lyrics complement them nicely.” – Lydia Flavell (Fly FM)

Calvin Harris ft Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide

Played On: 24/26
Thoughts:

“YES. LOVE THIS. We playlisted it a couple weeks ago.” – Mia Abeyawardene (Fresh Air)

“Yes – Such a good move putting these three guys together. A funky, chill track, with silky smooth vocals, yet plain beat.” – Isobel Sheeran (Insanity Radio)

DJ Khaled ft Beyonce & Jay-Z – Shining

Played On: 22/26
Thoughts:

“Nice track, currently in our C List, Khaled has “Another One” in his hands.” – Steph Chungu (Spark FM)

“Yes – We gave this a few weeks on B around its release thanks to Beyoncé’s excellent contributions, and we’ll certainly be keeping a closer ear on DJ Khaled’s new record if there’s more of this sort of thing to come.” – Xavier Voight-Hill (Surge Radio)

And that concludes this round of the SRA Playlist Meeting. Awesome that we got our first PERFECT score of the year for The XX.
Listed below for you is the current SRA Chart (19th March 2017)

1.Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You – 9 weeks (Non-Mover)
2.Lorde – Green Light – 2 weeks (Up 11)
3.Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm – 5 weeks (down 1)
4.The Amazons – Black Magic – 3 weeks (up 7)
5.London Grammar – Big Picture – 4 weeks (up 2)
6.Stormzy – Big For Your Boots – 2 weeks (down 2)
7.Rag N Bone Man – Human – 15 weeks (down 4)
8.Lana Del Rey – Love – 3 weeks (up 2)
9.The Chainsmokers – Something Just Like This – 3 weeks (non mover)
10.Calvin Harris – Slide – 3 weeks (up 7)
11.Circa Waves – Fire That Burns – 6 weeks (down 5)
12.Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios – 4 weeks (down 4)
13.The Magic Gang – How Can I Compete – 3 weeks but re-entry
14.Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill – 9 weeks (down 10)
15. Sampha – No One Knows Me – 6 weeks (down 2)
16. Tom Grennan – Praying – 3 weeks (up 2)
17. Glass Animals – Pork Soda – 3 weeks (up 2)
18. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe – 2 weeks (up 2)
19. Alt-J – 3WW – New Entry
20. Stargate ft Pink & Sia – Waterfall – New Entry

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