21 May 2013 by

Here's Our Playlist To Celebrate Our Summer Special Issue

To celebrate our Summer Special issue, our playlist specialist Rob Fitzpatrick has created a bespoke Spotify Playlist for Grazia Daily. Celebrate those lazy, hazy days of summer with Donna Summer, R. Kelly and DJ. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (obvs)....

Make up any set of questions you like and summer - and everything that comes with it - wins. Argue all you like for golden autumn afternoons or the promise of spring, but you know in your heart you’re wrong. So, when, in Ignition - Remix, R Kelly sings, “Can I get a toot-toot? Can I get a beep-beep?” it’s the muscle memory of summer heat and too much iced-down Coke and rum that gives meaning to the random nonsense. Or am I imagining that? Right at the other end of the scale, Emiliana Torrini’s Sunny Road, or Ray La Montagne’s For The Summer find warmth in the hardest of situations, while Billy Stewart is so exercised by his version of Summertime that he starts speaking in tongues and Rhye’s One Of Those Summer Days is laid flat on its back by the heat.

Time, as they say, changes everything, so Kool & the Gang’s Summer Madness eventually became DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s Summertime, while Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in the City, got so brilliantly reinvented by Quincy Jones’ that it, in turn, became The Pharcyde’s Passing Me By. Ultimately, disco’s relentless body-heat surely makes it the ultimate summer music, whether that’s Heatwave’s Boogie Nights, the Stones’ Miss You, or Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff (two points for that one). Of course, if there’s one record that will dominate all our summers for the of our natural lives it’s Daft Punk’s deliciously grooving Get Lucky, here in its full length album guise, not for nothing does Pharrell sing, “She's up all night 'til the sun”. Here’s to summer, whether we actually get one or not.


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