While communal dancing in public is off the agenda for the time being, Mary Olive picks six of her favourite records to dance to at home.
In issue 110 Mary Olive shone a light on the importance of dance to our cultural and social wellbeing. But what Covid or Number 10 cannot take from us is a jive in our PJs, a boogie in the bedroom or a ceilidh in the kitchen! Here Mary picks out her top albums to dance to at home. Turn them up and get down.
Children of Zeus – Travel Light
Definitely one to start the day, this album will ease you into a lovely flow. It is almost impossible not to sway along to the hip-hop beats of Konny Kon and Tyler Daley. This album features soul singer KSR who’s honied vocals will get you feeling yourself in no time. Listen now.
Pixey – Colours
Change up the vibe with local artist Pixey, who’s putting her indie stamp on the city. This EP is an empowering proclamation of self-love, making it the perfect fit for some self-loving dancing. With hooky guitar riffs and energetic drums, Pixey’s EP brings the feeling of a live gig to your bedroom. Listen now.
Santana – Abraxas
This stunning album from 1970 is a bona fide work of art. It begins almost spookily but soon builds to a high-energy, super sexy celebration of passion, movement and soul. Listen now.
Air – Moon Safari
Listening to this album will make you float away. It is smooth, cool and spacey. This is perfect music for listening to when walking somewhere, Sexy Boy in particular becomes your own anthem as you strut along with it blasting through your headphones. Listen now.
Ms. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Nothing gets me grooving more than some classic 90’s RnB. Lauryn Hill still remains a legend amongst RnB artists and can’t be ignored from this list. This album is full of bounce and flow, with moments of gentle beauty and empowerment. It’s simply just good for the soul. Listen now.
Ross Robertson – Ukiyo
Bringing it back to the local scene, this EP by Ross Robertson is a beautifully intricate creation. Built with layers of melodies and complicated drums, this EP is a floaty one to sway to. As always, Ross kills it with his instinct for strong percussion which will make you two-step unconsciously as you sink into his new world while listening. Listen now.
Read Dancing In The Distance from issue 110 by Mary Olive here.