Friday Playlist

RA, RA RA!!!

Sweat drips from your nose and your clothes stick to you like plastic wrap. Another afternoon of rising heat finds you wishing for cool breezes, cold ones and some small respite from the summer malaise. While we can’t control the weather – yet – JamBase’s weekly mini-mix this week offers a chill oasis for your summer day. We begin with Josh Rouse in full Carole King mode on “1972,” a sleepy anthem for those spending time unemployed and high. That’s followed by more sativa-scented sounds from Maplewood, whose “Sea Hero” sounds every bit like early ’70s California rock but comes from a contemporary New York State band. Then, it’s the open-top bus ride of Paul Weller‘s “Clues” and the effervescent longing of the Queen of Soul on “Until You Come Back To Me.” A little jazz-inflected grooving follows with a sweet live version of “Get High” by Sons of Champlin, which leads into the bright modal shuffle of Pharoah Sanders‘ title cut to the landmark Thembi album. We conclude this Playlist with a rare nugget from ’70s soul-pop charmer Linda Lewis.

Even if the weather doesn’t let up at least you’ve got some lovely tunes to help ease your mind, body and spirit. Bon chance for a bon weekend, kids!

And check out last week’s highly copacetic Playlist with Black Uhuru, Janet Jackson, Grace Jones and more!