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In The Mix: Such a Good Mover

It was a hot summer’s day in New York City. As Lisa walked Broadway, shopping for a new pair of trainers she saw a tall slender woman dancing in front of the windows of Dean & DeLuca, moving like her body was a piece of elastic. It was a surreal scene as no music was playing, it was as if she were dancing to a Silent Disco that only existed inside her head. A teenage boy also admiring her dance moves asked the tall slender woman “What are you dancing to?”. “Well you know I’ll dance to anything, from Daft Punk to Debussy, but today I’m mostly dancing to Chic” she answered. The boy looked puzzled, probably too young to know who Chic was, but nodded his head and smiled. He was thinking the same thing as Lisa, no matter where she had come from that morning or where she was going that evening, right there in that moment, dancing in front of the windows of Dean & DeLuca, the tall slender woman was happy to be alive, and she was such a good mover.

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

You Make Me feel – Sylvester
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Everybody Dance (12″ Mix) – Chic
Haven’t You Heard – Patrice Rushen
Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1 – Marvin Gaye
I Need You – Sylvester
Brothers On the Slide (Brooklyn Mix) – Patchworks Ginger Xpress
Everybody Be Somebody (Original Mix) – Ruffneck featuring Yavahn
Promised Land (Club Mix) – Joe Smooth
Teardrops (Extended Remix) – Womack & Womack
Kiss – Prince
Machine Gun – The Commodores
You’re the One, Pt. 1 & 2 – Little Sister
Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
TSOP – The Sounds Of Philadelphia – M.S.F.B. Feat. The Three Degrees
Bite The Apple – Rainbow Team
More, More, More – Andrea True Connection
Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) – Chic
Got To Get Your Love – Clyde Alexander
Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey
Born to Be Alive (Mix 79) – Patrick Hernandez
Get Up (Everybody) [Parade Mix] – Byron Stingily
Can You Feel It – The Jacksons
Easy – Groove Armada

In The Mix: Get Your Skates On

A playlist suitable both on and off the Roller Rink, just like these Veja X Flaneurz Roller Skate Sneakers which pop off their wheels when you’ve completed that last lap and it’s time to go home.


Image: Photo by @blobbybloherty on Instagram

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

Hung Up – Madonna
Behind The Wheel – Depeche Mode
Maniac – Michael Sembello
Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Kids In America – Kim Wilde
Let’s Go – The Cars
I Won’t Kneel – Groove Armada
Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
Radio Ga Ga – Queen
Danger Zone – Gwen Stefani
My Favourite Game – The Cardigans
Love Don’t Love Here – Ladyhawke
It’s My Life – No Doubt
1901 – Phoenix
Dancing On My Own – Robyn
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Rapture – Blondie

In The Mix: Crazy on You

A playlist for all the lovers on Valentines Day. xx

Image: Hand drawn type by Maddy Rye for

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

I Feel Love – Donna Summer
Familiar Feeling – Moloko
Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin
I Remember You – Chet Baker
I Need You – Sylvester
Slowly Surely – Jill Scott
All I Do – Stevie Wonder
One Love – Massive Attack
Time After Time – Step By Step
Circles – Rufus & Chaka Khan
Crazy On You – Heart
Take Me With U – Prince & The Revolution
Why Can’t There Be Love? – Dee Edwards
La Ritournelle – Sebastian Tellier
Head Over Heels – Tears For Fears
Got To Get Your Love – Clyde Alexander
Finest Dreams – Richard X (featuring Kelis)
Gotta Have Your Love (D&B Mix) – Virtual Suspects & Gwen McCrae
You Make It Easy – Air
I Can’t Help It – Michael Jackson

In The Mix: Go Paint Something

When I was in Art School I was friends with a girl who would change the colour of her hair almost every month, from fire truck red, to electric blue to a shade that can only be described as resembling the most-perfect pink Persian fairy floss. With the change in hair colour also came a change in make-up, my most favourite being the day she walked into class looking like someone had painted multi-coloured stripes over her eyes with a paint brush.

Image: Vogue Paris Spring/Summer 2007.

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

Soma – The Strokes
Girlfriend Is Better – Talking Heads
Natural’s Not In It – Gang Of Four
Let’s Go To Bed – The Cure
Walking On Thin Ice (Felix Da Housecat’s Tribute Mix) – Yoko Ono
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – The Slits
Sound And Vision – David Bowie
Burning Down the House – Talking Heads
Cities in Dust – Siouxsie & The Banshees
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Fell In Love With a Girl – The White Stripes
DJ – David Bowie
Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks – The Rapture
Why Can’t I Touch It? – Buzzcocks
Gut Feeling (Slap Your Mammy) – Devo

In The Mix: Robot Love

My husband recently mentioned over breakfast as we listened to my iTunes on shuffle that a lot of my music sounds like “Robot Love”. His comment instantly made me think of those beautiful Peter Lindbergh photographs of Daft Punk and Dutch model Saskia de Brauw, so here it is, my playlist for Robots to fall in love by, and yes there’s a lot of Daft Punk who will forever be my instant crush.

Image: photograph by Peter Lindbergh for the December 2013 issue of M Le Monde.

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

Beyond – Daft Punk
E=Mc2 – Giorgio Moroder Vs Talla 2xlc
The Game of Love – Daft Punk
Kids – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Instant Crush (featuring Julian Casablancas) – Daft Punk
Computer Love – Kraftwerk
Motherboard – Daft Punk
Celestial Annihilation – UNKLE
Veridis Quo – Daft Punk
Space Cadet – Flume
Digital Love – Daft Punk
Within – Daft Punk
Take Me Into Your Skin – Trentemøller
End of Line – Daft Punk
Brokendate – Com Truise
Doin’ It Right (featuring Panda Bear) – Daft Punk
Electrikboy – Three Maddkatt Courtship III

In The Mix: California Dreamin’

A sun-filled soundtrack inspired by a recent trip to California.

Image: White Palm by George Byrne.

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

Good Times Roll – The Cars
Going Back to Cali – LL Cool J
Hollywood – Madonna
Moonlight Drive – The Doors
Drop – The Pharcyde
Set the Dogs – YEYEY
One Too Many – Phoenix
You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac
Regulate – Warren G (featuring Nate Dogg)
Untitled 08 | 09.06.2014 – Kendrick Lamar
This Time (I’m Gonna Try It My Way) – DJ Shadow
California Soul – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
We Got the Beat – The Go-Go’s
Road Tripping’ – The Red Hot Chilli Peppers
California Dreaming’ – José Feliciano

In The Mix: Namaste

Patanjali said that “Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind”. A friend of mine recently signed-up to “Hip-Hop Yoga”, the practice of Vinyasa style Yoga to a Hip-Hop playlist which she tells me is “played really, really loud”. Now I love Hip-Hop and I love Yoga but when I think about Patanjali’s words above I’m not so sure how the two go together. On the other hand I’m no purist either. I’ve seen yoga evolve over the years, hey I even remember the days when there was no music played in class at all. And my friend really enjoys Hip-Hop Yoga, she say’s it’s fun and helps her put the stresses of her day behind her. So you could say through Hip-Hop Yoga she is practising the quieting of her mind. That said I think I might stick to more mellow tunes to practice my Asanas by.

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

Midnight in a Perfect World – DJ Shadow
Night’s Interlude – Nightmares On Wax
Sweet Chance – Subground
Waking Bliss – Flight Facilities
Sapphire – Bonobo
Silver Cruiser – Röyksopp
Cirrus – Bonobo
Within – Daft Punk
True Love Waits – Radiohead
Don’t Forget Me When You’re Famous – Cliff Martinez


In The Mix: Euro Stylin

Those Europeans sure have the monopoly on style and sophistication. Just look at the impeccably dressed men from Paris and Milan that grace the pages of Scott Schuman’s if you need proof.

You may have daydreamed of a guy named Serge, pashmina wrapped artfully round his neck, whisking you off to a bar in Paris St Germain to drink Pastis and talk about your favourite french films. Or a bespoke suit wearing Marcello, in black Persol sunglasses, picking you up in his Alfa Romeo and driving you to a bar on Via Spiga, Milan to drink multi Amaretto on ice and plan your next holiday in Sardinia. Either way the music playing in Serge or Marcello’s bar of choice might be something like the Playlist below.

Lisboa A Noite – Teresa
Bossa Per Due – Nicola Conte
L’eau a la bouche – Serge Gainsbourg
Antena – Isabelle Antena
Perfidia – Xavier Cugat
Eight Steps – Electrelane
Affaires A Faire – La Chatte Rouge
Music Of Life – Cerrone
L’anamour – Serge Gainsbourg
Je ne veux plus etre ta reine (Mikael Delta’s Loving Cup Deep Mix) – Hanna Hais
Più di te (I Won’t Tell) – Mina

In The Mix: Cool Things

I don’t believe you should regret anything in life but if I was to turn back time I would go back to my high-school years, learn to play the electric guitar and start an all-girl rock band. I’d cut my hair like Joan Jett, wears loads of black eyeliner, play my guitar loud and sing like Ann Wilson from Heart. Fast-track to now and my look would be more Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I’d sound like Jess Larrabee who featured on Groove Armada’s 2010 album Black Light. Whatever my look or sound the set for my all-girl rock band would be a mix of cover songs from the past and present like the Playlist below.

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

Look Me in the Eye Sister – Groove Armada (featuring Jess Larrabee)
Magic Man – Heart
Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
Boys Wanna Be Her – Peaches (guest vocals by Joan Jett)
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) – Joan Jett
Mine – Sweet Tempest
Kool Thing – Sonic Youth (vocals by Kim Gordon)
Cannonball – The Breeders
Crazy on You – Heart
I Know But I Don’t Know – Blondie
Shame and Fortune – Yeah Yeah Yeahs