December’s Boat Floaters playlist, crafted exclusively for Meet Bernard’s beautiful customers, begins with a farewell tribute to Gal Costa, the Brazilian singer who died last month. The opening track, Pontos De Luz, is one of my faves (and was sampled by Kaytranada in 2016 for his Lite Spots).
We stay in Brazil for the next few tracks – fittingly, perhaps, as (at the time of writing) the men’s national football team is looking a decent shout for the FIFA World Cup. Sivuca’s version of Ain’t No Sunshine is lush, as is Som Tres’s take on Take It Easy My Brother Charles.
From there we dive and roll, Neymar-style, into Latin vibes, spacey funk, blaxploitation grooves, and there is plenty of disco and soul, plus sprinkles of African goodness, to get stuck into. Towards the end of the 34-track musical meander there are some cheeky genre-flipping classics, such as Love Is In the Air (recommended to me by MB’s co-boss Ryan) and a reggae version of Gimmie The Night.
If you connect with this unmixed selection then I think you’d enjoy exploring my Boat Floaters Mixcloud profile (see here), where you will find monthly two-hour mixes for Loose FM, plus upbeat (“waterfall”) and more chilled (“slow flow”) mixes from earlier in the year.
Thanks for your support in 2022. Enjoy your festive season, and let’s make more music in the New Year.
Yours in music,
Ollie (Boat Floaters)