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.
The surliness and aggression evident in Captain Sensible’s Wot – the opening track in the February, 30-song selection for Meet Bernard – resonates with how many of us feel right now.
After that purposefully confrontational start, however, the vibe soon calms, with a disco monster, Can’t Hold Back Your Lovin’, by Kano (no, not that one), followed by Waxist’s extended version of Brazilian Painel De Controle’s Relax, which is gracefully exotic.
A similarly cool, sun-kissed energy can be found on Parbleu’s newly launched Danse Cette Zik, and also Deep Down in Zanzibar by Afrodesia. Also the much-older Rio Corrente, from Guilherme Coutinho and Grupo Stalo captures the carefree-and-merry-at-a-beach-bar feeling I’m craving so badly.
On the subject of monsters, I needed to throw in Godzilla, by Zomby. It’s an old fave and one I would ideally be hearing at 3am on a dark, sweaty dancefloor with a few hundred other people.
I had to include a track that featured the late MF Doom, and his vocals on the recently released The Chocolate Conquistadors is a sweet reminder of his unique rapping talent. And on the subject of hip-hop, who can tell me who sampled Steely Dan’s Peg?
There are a couple of ace versions of classic tracks on this month’s playlist I have to mention: Devon Russell has a go at Move On Up and Kahil El’Zabar’s How Can We Mend a Broken Heart is stunning.
I do hope we have the chance to party, either in a dark room or on a beach, soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this latest selection. Thanks for listening.
Yours in music,
Ollie (Boat Floaters)
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