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Boat Floaters: April 2021

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Every month we hand over the blog over to our playlister-in-chief Ollie, to tell you all about this month's musical picks.  Read on to listen, find out more, and enjoy.


April’s selection of Boat Floaters for Meet Bernard is brimming with exotic jazz, disco, funk and soul. As we anticipate the country opening up again, and having recently sprung forward an hour to herald the start of British summertime, this is a 34-track playlist that hints at the exciting adventures within reach.
Luke Gomm’s new single, Red Flashing Lights, captures the thrill of a night out, and there are plenty of other tracks in this month’s selection that tell of love, both gained and lost.
My favourite song is the re-issued You’ve Gone by Bassline, which follows the jazzy opener, Jam Jars, by Snips – if you like this one, check out the Brooklyn beat makers’ Bandcamp profile, as he is making a tune a week for his 52 Beats project. CHANGE, trumpeter Takuya Kuroda’s recent single, is another ace jazzy find.
To complement the new, there’s plenty of old jazz on this list, too. Who can work out where they’ve heard Billy Brooks’ Forty Days sampled? Herbie Hancock’s I Thought It Was You also appears.
Other vintage classics include Joe Bataan’s demo version of Gypsy Woman, and You’re Gonna Need Me by Dionne Warwick, plus Sweet Jane by Cowboy Junkies. And I had to close the selection with Blackheart Manby Bunny Wailer, the last of the Wailers who recently passed.
Here’s to remembering the old and celebrating the new. Good luck to you and yours this April, which will hopefully not be the cruellest month, as TS Eliot might say, as it was last year.
Yours in music,
Ollie (Boat Floaters)

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