And, no, it’s not the coffee…it’s the boogie. Let us shake it, shall we?
Reason 1. will.i.am- Bang Bang
I came across this gem during my road trip with Kristin. She had picked up the soundtrack to the recent Great Gatsby film and, after dumping it into our road trip mix, we found it full of excellent tracks.
We all know will.i.am has style (not to mention the coolest URL ever). With Bang Bang, he takes modern dance thumps, a little electronic style and lays it down in an atmosphere straight out of a 1920s back room jazz club. Check it:
2: Fergie, Q-Tip, & GoonRock- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)
I don’t suppose we can stop by the Great Gatsby soundtrack without mentioning A Little Party…, a fun club number from Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock. Go on. Go move your body. I’ll be here when you’ve finished.
3. Red Baraat- Shruggy Ji
Now would be a good time to grab some water and take a breather. Why? Because the next track comes from these guys:
These guys cram it all into their sound. I hear the jazz from the multi-piece bands I would see at the Woodfire; the hip hop I crank on the store stereo after we close for the day; brass and other sounds heard round the world. When a band has “no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people”, sign me the heck up. No, really, guys. Let me join the band. I can’t really play anything, but I do own bongos and I’ve studied the Bosstone for years. Write me.
You can pick up the entire 13-track album, including Shruggy Ji, by bandcamping it with ten bucks over at RedBaraat.BandCamp.com. Now commence with the boogie.
4. Junior Senior- Move Your Feet
I don’t mention music and dancing without mentioning Junior Senior. Ten years ago, the boys from Denmark released this track into the world and my dancing shoes were never quite the same. Wikipedia tells me the song appeared on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy (remember when that was a thing?), made it into both DDR Extreme for the Playstation 2 & Just Dance 2 for the Wii ( I never did jump onto the whole “dance gaming” train) and was featured on the soundtrack for White Chicks (which I will never, ever see). For me, it was just about the groove…and this video:
I believe that’s as good a place as can be to finish up. Now, get your rear out of the chair. And get thee to the dance floor.