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Tune of the Week – “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”

C’mon people, get happy. There was an interesting piece in The Observer last weekend where various peeps talked about their favourite summer tunes. Well, I’m with Gilles Peterson on this one. Roy Ayers doing “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” from that …

Thu, Aug 23, 2007, 12:14

   

C’mon people, get happy.

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There was an interesting piece in The Observer last weekend where various peeps talked about their favourite summer tunes.

Well, I’m with Gilles Peterson on this one. Roy Ayers doing “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” from that 1976 album has always been my summer tune.

I love everything about it, the way it finds that lazy, sun-dappled groove, the lyrics, the overall vibe (and Roy’s vibes too). It was one of my favourite tunes to spin when I was DJ-ing during the summer months because it always – always – put a smile on people’s faces. Sure, I dig Roy’s “We Live In Brooklyn, Baby” (another stone-cold classic) too, but this is the one which does it for me every time.

But I haven’t played it much this summer. It wouldn’t have been right to spin something as wonderful and magical as this when the weather was anything but.

Well, the sun was out yesterday for a couple of hours and it keeps threatening to come out again in Dublin 3 today. The weather is supposed to be summer-like for a few more days too. As soon as the sun appeared yesterday, everything seemed mellow and happy and chilled. It was as if the whole nation breathed a massive sigh of relief at the idea of a few days without rain.

So it’s the ideal time for this tune to be dusted off and spun. Watch Roy Ayers and his Ubiquity band perform it at a Brewhouse Jazz session from 1992 or at a London show in 1988 and start grooving.