June’s Boat Floaters selection, lovingly crafted by me for you via Meet Bernard, is a 33-track explosion of sunny tunes – so kick off your shoes, open a bottle of something cold, and drink in this summertime soundtrack.
We start with Light Of The World’s 1980 classic London Town
, which speaks of the freedom of strolling our beautiful capital. I reckon by now, after over a year of intermittent lockdowns and restrictions, we all “wanna party in London town”! I was reminded of this brilliant track, as it features on Jayda G’s new DJ-Kicks album
, which is well worth checking out.
This month’s playlist soon gets frisky, with Doug Payne’s Holiday
, re-released by the superb Edinburgh-based label Athens of the North
, followed by Kailua
by Esperanto (and part of a brilliant new compilation, Aor Global Sounds Vol.5
) – possibly my favourite new find this month. Next comes (rude pun intended) Donna Mcghee’s 1978 track Make it Last Forever
, which will have you blushing and boogying in equal measure.
Other lovely love songs this month include Minnie Riperton’s 1975 track Baby, This Love I Have, Forever Now by Eloise Laws, first released in 1977, and Dexter Wansel’s The Sweetest Pain, two years younger. And the selection ends with one of my go-to chill-out tunes: Natural Essence’s It’s You I Need, from 1973.
There is plenty of great sexy newness, too, including Lavan’s Out 4 da Gusto
, the first release from Allison Recordings
– a record label spun off from the excellent Wah Wah 45s that takes a deeper dive into electronica, branching away from its brother’s funk and soul roots.
And there is something magical and mystical about Simón Mejía's remix of Para Transcribir (LUNA) by Lido Pimienta. More freshness is served up from Hiatus Kaiyote, Ruby Rushton, Nick Hakim and Roy Nathanson, and Sam Gendel.
Here’s to a free, sexy summer.
Yours in music,
Ollie (Boat Floaters)