Check out the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine today for this week’s Spotify playlist – Thursday’s is a Longitude special.
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Check The Rhime’
The sound of lazy summer days in the sunshine, Q-Tip and Phife Dogg go laidback to a simple beat. On point Phife.
Patrice Rushen – ‘Forget Me Nots’
Everyone knows this, not because of the original sadly but because Will Smith used the guts of the melody and arrangement for the theme tune from Men In Black.
Blackbyrds – ‘Rock Creek Park’
“Doing it in the park / doing it after dark / oh yeah.” Whatever the Washington funk band were doing in the park in 1975 it sounds fun.
Beach Boys – ‘Good Vibrations’
Brian Wilson and the boys take us to the Californian beach for excitations (Um bop bop).
Donovan – ‘Sunshine Superman’
“Superman or Green Lantern ain’t got a-nothin’ on me.” Sixties psychedelic pop from the man who now lives in Mallow.
The Pharcyde – ‘Runnin’
This J Dilla-produced track by the LA nineties rap group is a true headnodder.
Little Eva – ‘The Locomotion’
“Everybody is doin’ a brand new dance now,” sang Eva in 1962. It’s still likely to incite a dance party 54 years later.
Lulu And The Luvvers – ‘Shout!’
Two years later, pop singer Lulu repeated a similar trick by covering The Isley Brothers hit for a British audience.
Daft Punk – ‘Fresh’
Forget Get Lucky, this track from their 97 debut screams summer with the actual sound of waves lapping the shore and a video of the Da Funk dog on the beach.
David Holmes – ‘My Mate Paul’
A standout from the Belfast’s man’s second album, which presaged his soundtrack work by mixing audio recorded on the streets of New York.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.