A small selection of what I’m playing over and over and over and over right now. There’s a real mish-mash of nostalgia and dance in this month’s offerings. My tastes are rather varied after all!
Anyone Who Had a Heart – Cilla Black
Cilla was a national icon and for me a lovely memory of family nights in front of the telly. I was so sad to hear of her passing. I’d heard the Dionne Warwick version many times before but this is what I’ve been playing non-stop.
Favourite lyric: Loving you the way I do, I’d take you back, without you I’d die, dear
Promise – Ben Howard
I have a special place in my heart for songs that start with the sounds of nature. This beautiful piece has the pitter-patter of raindrops on a tin roof. If I close my eyes I’m right there and can almost smell the petrichor.
Favourite lyric: Promise me this, you’ll wait for me only
Mistral – Taylor Salem
The French Cold EP has been on repeat in this household since launch, and as one of the preview tracks has been played nearly as much as July favourite Zero. Buy and listen to the track here.
Favourite lyric: Your sweetness is sickening
Conga – Miami Sound Machine
I was lying on the bed one evening and Hubby decided to play this in the kitchen whilst prepping dinner. When he walked back into the room he found me unable to stop myself from dancing. I mean, seriously, this song has such an amazing energy. You can’t help but shake and shimmy when you hear it! Plus – how has Gloria Estefan not aged one bit since the 80’s?!
Favourite lyric: Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga. I know you can’t control yourself any longer. Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger. Don’t you fight it ’til you tried it, do that conga beat [I still can’t sing it without making a mistake!]
Can’t Help My Heart – Will Chase & Laura Benanti
I’m hooked on the excellent TV show Nashville and I didn’t realise just how much of a country music fan I am. It’s such a powerful genre of music with millions of fans globally due to beautiful lyrics and melodies about love and loss; what’s not to love?
Favourite lyric: Standing in the driveway, trying to see it your way, knowing you’re gone
BBC Ibiza Prom – Pete Tong
I’ve been listening (and dancing!) to lots of different dance tracks all summer in preparation for SW4 festival, specifically seeing Faithless and Fatboy Slim. (I’m so chuffed to have ticked off a few things from my musical bucket list; dancing like a loon in the rain and seeing Faithless perform Insomnia live.) The Ibiza proms were an absolute wonder of two of my favourite things coming together in musical harmony and the opening track is SUBLIME. I’m going to make sure I get to any future Ibiza proms they do.