update: clearly it is going to rain every summer until the end of time now so I’ve posted a new aquatic chillout mix and we should all just get used to being underwater…
so…apparently the UK will only get one day of actual summer this year, not counting those early teasers in april and may. july 15, thankfully a sunday. summer 2007 is officially a washout and anyone too busy, broke or nervous to fly to sunnier destinations has a choice. either moan and get wet, or remember the sweaty, suffocating heat of last year and breath a sigh of relief.
but bad weather, reignited fears of terrorism and the spiralling cost of living in the UK is stressful. everyone i meet seems stressed, in some way or another. every night i listen to the chillout playlist on my creative zen and find it soothing, so i thought i’d post up some of my favourites as a departure from my usual retro offerings, to mark my arrival here on wordpress. blogger was just an absolute arse to use, in terms of formatting.
maybe the media hysteria surrounding our predicted lack of summer will prove unfounded and by this time next week i’ll be posting sunny anthems for beach-bound brits?
ten sounds that epitomise our lack of summer – download here
aaliyah – those were the days
days when the temperature crept above 20c, that is.
janet jackson – making love in the rain
mariah carey – underneath the stars
unusually understated vocals from mad ms carey. worth going out and lying on the wet grass to listen to this one.
sounds of blackness – optimistic
this really reminds me of the hot summer of 1992. well, you never know, it wouldn’t be the first time forecasters got it wrong. i think i’m wishful playlisting now…
amerie – just what i needed to see
apparently this was a bonus track from her debut? amerie, like kelis, is not appreciated in her native US as much as in europe.
rotary connection – i am the black gold of the sun
a song about the sun but to me the instrumental sounds like rain.
swv – can’t cope
this unreleased swv track sounds to me like something written on a humid, sweaty summer night just before a thunderstorm. not sure why.
destiny’s child – now that she’s gone
melancholy, whooshing production and soothing harmonies. perfect.
sos band – weekend girl
summery 80s soul that sounds all whooshy, watery and tinkly…yep, kind of like all this damn rain.
donny hathaway – someday we’ll all be free
when all else fails…donny’s your man. i’d sit in a torrential downpour all day to hear that voice.
bonus: jamiroquai – seven days in sunny june
…and little did we know that would be our lot.