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David Cameron’s G8 playlist revealed

By | Published on Thursday 1 August 2013

Jake Bugg

So, no sooner has Labour MP Tom Watson written in the NME that it’s embarrassing when David Cameron pretends to like pop music, word arrives that he was at it again at the G8 summit last month.

Even worse, he was trying to get other world leaders to join in. Each of them was given a USB stick featuring ten tracks from new-ish British artists. So, we may as yet find out what Vladmir Putin thinks of Alt-J.

Software developer Dan Williams uncovered the contents of the playlist, compiled for Cameron by the BPI, with a Freedom Of Information request. Number Ten apparently replied with a Spotify playlist.

You can listen to the full list – if these ten artists haven’t been tarnished by association already – here. Though maybe have a look at the tracklist first below before you press play. At least it’s another reason not to listen to Jake Bugg.

Alt-J – Tessellate
Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
Laura Mvula – Green Garden
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Ben Howard – Only Love
Gabrielle Aplin – Home
Tom Odell – Another Love
Rudimental feat John Newman – Feel The Love
Birdy – Skinny Love
Conor Maynard – Can’t Say No


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