November’s Boat Floaters playlist, curated exclusively for Meet Bernard, is designed to keep you company on the cold winter evenings, wrapping listeners in a warming blanket of lush tunes.
Fittingly, we start off the 34-track selection slowly and hazily, with Johnny Mathis’s Life Is a Song Worth Singing, followed by the sexy At the Hotel by Eunice Collins. Still keeping it laid back, Guy Cuevas’s Island in My Mind is next, then it’s Day Dreaming. RIP Aretha!
We move up a gear with Etta James’s blaxploitation-style All The Way Down – what a voice – and then roll around in soul, funk and disco delights before slowing things down again towards the end of the two-and-a-half-hour session. Uffe’s take on Sun-Ra’s When There Is No Sun is a lovely new find.
House of Fun and Love by Sweet Mixture also deserves a special mention. It was the first tune licensed by Discs of Fun and Love (and yes, that’s from where the record label took its name). I met co-founder Miche (aka Michael Davies) on the Soulgliding boat on the Thames earlier in the year. His new compilation, With Love Volume 1, released via Mr Bongo, is well worth a listen if you dig this.
If you connect with this unmixed selection I think you’d enjoy exploring my Boat Floaters Mixcloud profile (see here), where you will find two-hour mixes for Loose FM, plus upbeat (“waterfall”) and more chilled (“slow flow”) mixes from earlier in the year.
Thanks for your support.
Yours in music,
Ollie (Boat Floaters)