Not my grandma, but a cute picture, no?
The other day I drove my grandma from my parents’ house to her assisted living center. I figured a little music would make the 45 minute drive go by a little quicker and she told me she didn’t mind. Nearly blind, Grandma still stared eagerly out the window while Âme’s self-titled debut filled the car with their brand of deep house vibrations. She turned to me several times during the ride to tell me she really liked the tune at the moment and chat a bit. She told me she and my grandpa and everyone they knew used to go dancing all the time. She was glad to see our generation still valued the merriment and release of simply shaking our bodies in time. I asked if I could make her a mix. Since then I’ve been going through my collection and asking others to add in finding tunes my little old grandma would enjoy. Here are a couple which make the cut.
I:Cube, “Picnic Attack” [Versatile] (buy)
Start your walkers! I:Cube serves up a sizzling slice of house that’s all raw energy. Its descending synth riff cuts through the knotty funk bass line like a lightning bolt. Not for use before bedtime.
Innerzone Orchestra, “At Les” [Talkin’ Loud] (buy) (buy)
Perhaps the “classiest” selection of the bunch, the piano work in “At Les” is simply stunning. The tune thrums in anticipation conjured up by those blurry chords. I’d like my grandma to namedrop Carl Craig every now and again.
Moodymann, “Mislead” [Planet E]
When you’ve been alive long enough to have seen a massive Depression, world wars of all sorts and the birth of pop music — all that fun stuff, you probably want to cut to the chase: So where did this stuff come from? Moodymann imbues midnight blue vibes with this scene-setting track, awash in dreamy drones, and answers politely.