COOL BREEZE - MP3 downloads
i started with 2 cool remixes of Warp's Berlin resident Jamie Lid
i've blogged about Belgian pop star Lio before. of course she usually is credited as being a French pop star. the French always get credit for everything Belgian, from chips or fries to art & fashion! anyhew, Lio's Amoureux Solitaires will always be one of my favorite songs (check link for translation & video). Montréal's Les Breas
this playlist opens with "Cool Breeze" by the Jeremy Spencer Band. Jeremy was Fleetwood Mac's first guitarist... I went a little overboard with a bunch of songs from Secretly
following Jeremy Spencer is one of my all time favorites: the 1980 robotic "Love Machine" from French pioneers Space Art. there's plenty more dance tunes: Ghostly's Osborne
Domino's Light Spe
from Valencia, Spain, Cof Cof just released the kinda beats that are perfect for the summer. "Caribbean Boy" is so up my alley & you can download more of their songs from their page. i also included one of my favorite songs from 2007 by CocoRosie.
my favorite instrument to play with is the xylophone. ever since i got a fisherprice one as a little kid, it's been my fave. my other fave i never played nor do i know how to is the mbira. so i had to throw in a song from Zimbabwean star Stella Chiweshe. for more on this exceptional woman, check out her own site... i do get a little folky with Finnish singer Lau Nau. listening to her somehow brings up images of Akira Kurosawa's "Dreams" as i close my eyes... anyhew, i even embrace some country music with a duet by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn who crack me up when singing to each other "you're the reason our kids are ugly." now that's real love!
speaking of duets, i hope you enjoy just as much as i do the Nôze song featuring Dani Siciliano who invite us to dance with them. i've loved her voice ever since i first heard her singing for Matthew Herbert many years ago... i also love what Jürgen Pa
on a different note, you'll find some Ratatat who are with XL. also on XL, Vampire Weekend. here is a video of theirs i posted last year (2nd one down). one of my favorite 2008 songs is "Bang On" from The Breed
for good measure you'll find some songs from the voices of the girls Serge Gainsbourg seduced one by one: Mireille Darc, France Gall, Brigitte Bardot, without counting Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karenina & his 2 wives Jane Birkin & Bambou!!! it's almost summer again, so for whatever it is you didn't accomplish this Spring, just listen to Billie Holiday & remember there will be another Spring... dance it off with Conchita Velasco's Yéyé, or kick back to the Rolling Stones covers by Claudine Longet & Sandie Shaw. this wouldn't be complete without Nancy Sinatra's "The Last of the Secret Agents" or Dionne Warwick's theme song for "The Valley Of The Dolls". if you haven't seen Russ Meyer's "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" yet then i highly recommend it. the Carry Nations rock!!! check video at the bottom of this entry...
by the time i hit #54, my mind drifted to what it must have been like to party in the heyday of Studio 54. i dug up a fierce banger that brings me back to my crazy party days of the early 90s: Pryda's Pjanoo. then i had to follow-up with some old school disco with Dalida who just wants you to let her go on dancing, which she did till she committed suicide in the 80s. as a kid i remember being very sad about that... another disco song on here is by the one & only Melba Moo
i wrap it up with Del Shannon revisted by the incomparable
Pilooski. this song really makes me feel great for some reason. one day when i want to start dating again i imagine this would be the perfect song to listen to on the way to pick up my date, whether he's a Gemini or not...