The Summer When Everything Changed

The Summer When Everything Changed

For me, the last few summers blend together. I’d struggle to pin down if the full moon party I played at was last year or three years ago, when I watched Purple Rain in the park, or exactly which year my bike got stolen. I can’t imagine that I’ll mistake 2020 for any other summer.

From a screenwriting point of view, the year has been a conspicuously flawed draft. The global pandemic and racial revolution are objectively good plotlines, but would have worked better as separate seasons rather than playing them both out at once. The reality TV President character has descended into such a caricature that his thread plays more like a daft cartoon than clever satire.

Ideally our story will resolve with the comforting predictability of a Hollywood feature with racial justice attained, the virus defeated, and that bloated fake tyrant taken straight from the White House into federal prison, but my concern is that God doesn’t seem to be that kind of writer, and is by all accounts more likely to complicate the plot with a new war in the middle east or an alien invasion.

Sault feat. Laurette Josiah – This Generation
Damon Locks – Rebuild a Nation
Elements of Peace – Together Part 1
Carlton – Come On Back (Mad Professor Remix)
Big Youth – Jim Screechy (Smith & Mighty Remix)
Beats International – Come Home
Nightmares on Wax – Flip Ya Lid
Kenny Vaughan – Feels Like Heaven
Al B Sure – Night and Day (Kutt Edit)
Bullion – We Had a Good Time
The Human League – Human
David Essex – Rock On
Colonel Bagshot – Six Day War
DJ Lostboi – The Voyager
Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Sunset Village
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Overflowing
Deniece Williams – Free
Kansas City Express – This Is the Place
Tindersticks – Like Only Lovers Can
Mariah – Shinzo No Tobira
Cecilia – Chocolat
Fabiana Palladino – Waiting
Yves Tumor – Strawberry Privilege
Stina Nordenstam – Little Star
Underworld – Cups (Misterons Dub)
Sega Bodega & Eartheater – Fade Into You
Kamaal Williams feat. Lauren Faith – Hold On
De La Soul – I Be Blowin’
Dorothy Coates & the Originals – Ninety Nine and a Half

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It might be a minute before we dance in a crowd again, these days we mostly dance in socks. I’m personally about a month or two off from buying a smoke machine and a strobe light for my living room, which should compliment the VIP area I sectioned off and then somehow deemed myself not cool enough to enter.

Aware that listening to overly energetic dance music when you’re home alone can feel a bit like being at a buffet when you’ve already eaten, and so I’ve put together a selection of breezy apartment dance music that invites you to dance, but doesn’t make you feel bad about it if you are up for nothing more than shuffling around in your socks.

Glass Candy – Miss Broadway
Gemini – Take a Chance
Christy Essien – Take Life Easy
Fern Kinney – Baby Let Me Kiss You
Joe Moks – Boys and Girls
Christy – A Man
ESG – Step Off
Terrance Tee – Party Girl
The Knife – Got 2 Let U
Jessy Lanza – Lick In Heaven
Jessie Ware – Ooh La La
The Bird and the Bee – I Can’t Go For That
Wham! – Everything She Wants
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Eurythmics – Little Bird
Missy Elliot vs. Can – Pass that Can
Sadda Bonaire – More Women
Ian Dury – Clever Trevor
William Onyeabor – Body and Soul
Moodymann – Slow Down
Matthew Dear – Annie’s Great
E Live – Feelin Nervous
Skyy – Call Me
Carmen – Time to Move (12” Original Mix)
Mary Jane Girls – Boys
Apollonia 6 – Sex Shooter
NiteFunk – Let Me Be Me
Au Pairs – Inconvenience
Hamilton Bohannon – Save Their Souls
Coke Escovedo – I Wouldn’t Change a Thing
1984 – There’s a Wrinkle In Our Time
The Universouls – New Generation
Sonya Spence – Let Love Flow On
George Smallwood – You Know I Love You
Glen Ricks – I’ve Been Waiting For You
The Boys – Dial My Heart
Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
Samuelle – So You Like What You See
Tweet – Call Me
Total – Do You Know
Honey Dijon – Why
Tom Tom Club – Beautiful
Maayan Nidam – Oye Mi Ritmo
Daniel Wang – Free Lovin’ (Housedream)
Tito Wun – The Way U Do It
Prince – Roadhouse Garden

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