Throwback to when it was Coming Home
My July was defined by two things: the World Cup and returning to England. Hence the title of its soundtrack, my playlist, “Coming Home, It’s”.
Unsurprisingly, given my celebratory, summery, wistful mood it opens with a lot of throwbacks by artists from the motherland. Throwbacks ranging from Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, because I finally watched Yellow Submarine — a movie of which I’ve had a poster up in my apartment for the past year. In fairness, it was Lia’s — and loved it, to my undying favourite track by mr Harry Styles, himself a member of the closest band to a modern time Beatles, of course.
Continuing the high-low pairing (or modern-throwback), Lily Allen and Jorja Smith both get mentions, and the Beatles blend into Hendrix, because now I live in Seattle and was feeling some of his groovy guitar riffs.
The throwbacks continued though, as I watched a documentary on Nina Simone and realized the sample behind Drake’s undeniable bop Nice For What was by Lauryn Hill, leading to me delving deep into her catalogue too and be reinsured by tracks sampling her wonderful songs. There’s even a little MJ in it, from when I was so excited by England winning a competitive football match I couldn’t help but feel like dancing with reckless abandon like MJ’s music makes me want to.
On that note, I couldn’t leave out Waka Waka, the eventual World Cup winners’ locker room song, Magic In The Air, and of course, Dave Baddiel, Frank Skinner, and the Lightning Seeds’ one hit wonder.
Beyonce and Jay-Z released a joint album which was a pretty colossal in impact, and Childish Gambino released some relaxing summer jams to remind us how listenable a radio hit he can write when he wants to. Chance the Rapper even came through with some absolute slammers. And while I’m not proud to admit it, I listened more to the several EPs Kanye West was attached to, and found myself unable to shake some of the more interesting songs he produced. So there are some of them on there, fair warning.
Get listening, get reminiscing, get grooving.