My All-Time Summer Discs
I had no idea that the show ‘Desert Island Discs’ was still going. The last time I tuned in, Roy Plomley was interviewing people who always seemed to choose the Grenadier Guards playing something hideously patriotic.
Given that my musical tastes fluctuate whimsically, it’s hard to pull together a definitive top ten for the summer, but it must be done. I just arrived back in Barcelona, went out for a snack and knocked over my water glass, to which the waiter said; ‘Relax, you’re in Barcelona now.’ I like that. So, a summer top ten – it’s gotta be done…
There’ll always be a bedrock of classical music I love (Mozart, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Debussy) and we can assume that a separate crate of albums washed up with me, along with a crate full of modernists like Mertens, Cage and Nyman – that’s a point, how does the show cope now that streaming is replacing discs? ‘Desert Island Streams’ sounds quite nice. So to top them up I’d pick some ‘popular music’, as the young people call it…
Not the Radiohead original, which is sort of horrible, but the haunting Eliza Lumley version.
2. At The River
Because a life without Groove Armada is a life without sunshine or sand between your toes. Or whelks.
3. Adios Aya
Who could resist Jose Padillo’s farewell to his beloved island DJ-ing? Did any track ever say goodbye with such warmth?
4. Lie Down In Darkness
You only need one Moby track because they’re all basically the same, but this is a gem. The original ‘Nice video, shame about the song’ band still managed some great choons.
5. Slip Into Something More Comfortable
Hard to believe that Kinobe’s signature song is now 13 years old. The opening riff is lifted from an old Englebert Humperdinck track. Eho knew the Hump was so cool?
Mr Untel’s albums are the sound of summer personified. Some of them, anyway. Others are the kind of music you don’t notice over dinner. Unless you’re guests are really, really boring.
7. Hip Hip Chin Chin
Club Des Belugas seem to have mixed grooves in some cheesy timeless continental netherworld – all this and Frank Sinatra!
8. That’s Classic
I’ve got pants older than the combined ages of Rizzle Kicks. How did they manage to sound like old songs on Radio Caroline? Reincarnation?
9. At Last You Only Live Twice
DJ Zebra mashes up tracks that he recognises will fit perfectly over each other – the whole album is simply amazing.
10. Bottle Rocket
The sound of summer in the city from Go! Team – I got married to this and freaked out the registrar. Excellent.
To play out this little mix, how about Morricone’s ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ remixed by DJ2Bad?