This playlist is inspired by my recent annual pilgrimage to Ibiza, summer, and long nights spent dancing or dreaming...(you can read all about the magic island that is Ibiza here: http://www.puravida.me/articles/ibiza-magic-island )
It is a slightly longer post than usual, well, because as June has blurred into July, music and summer go together like cucumber and gin, or coconut and rum (in my world at least!), and there are so many great tracks to include.
Here's what we've been listening to this month:
Jamiroquai - Seven Days in Sunny June
Jamiroquai is one of my all time favourites (hence why they get two features in this post) and my crush on Jay Kay has lasted for 15 years or so. This song reminds me of…seven days in sunny June!
Jamiroquai - Blue Skies
I have a short-list of bands that I want to see in small venues, and Jamiroquai has always been on that special bucket-list. I was fortunate to have this wish come true about four years ago when they released their last, very funk-soul inspired album (Rock Dust Light Star), at an intimate gig of around 200-300 people at The Jazz Cafe in Camden. I literally have so many favourite Jamiroquai songs, that I now categorise them - funky going-out, mellow chill-out...you get the drift. And this song holds a special place in my heart.
Chloe Howl - Senorita
British singer-songwriter, Chloe Howl, has just released her debut solo album this year. And who doesn’t love a Live Lounge-style remake? Maria sent this to me when I was in Ibiza, what better song for a summer holiday!
Manu Chao - Bongo Bong
All summer playlists require a bit of Manu Chao, a truly talented mulit-linguigal artist - he sings in French, Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian - to name a few! It reminds me of summers in Cape Town when I was at uni.
Beck - Blue Moon
The first single to be released off his new album, Morning Phase, is super-chilled, and well my hippy heart loves the name 'Blue Moon'. I first fell in love with Beck when I was in high school. I remember sitting in Biology class with my friend Jarrod and singing our favourite Beck songs - ‘I’ve got two turntables and microphone - WHERE IT’S AT!’ I quite liked this live version on the Ellen Show...
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne - My Love
Rowan Tyler Jones, aka Route 94, is a British music producer from Richmond, close to what I consider my home town in London. This song charted Number 1 in three countries this year. I am digging the cool video!
Defected In The House Ibiza 2014 - Mixtape
Just a little taster of this album, which was listened to almost constantly while lying by the pool in Ibiza - laid back beats for a summer afternoon spent chilling with mates.
(Check out my SoundCloud account for the album sampler: https://soundcloud.com/bianca-fermi/sets/top-tunes-june)
Bob Marley - Sun is Shining
No summer playlist would be complete without a bit of Bob!
Oh, and if you’re curious about where your music tastes come from, and why your tastes can be so different from someone else’s (like Maria and I! Though luckily there is some crossover), here is an interesting article on ‘The Science Behind what Determines Your Taste in Music’ http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/determines-music-taste/641213/