As summer fades, it’s time to chill


This summer was too damn hot — literally and figuratively. Facebook exploded with pics of guys and gals at pool parties every weekend. Three-digit temps didn’t stop anyone from heading out to soak up the rays, down some drinks and rave all night. Labor Day marks the end of summer, but get prepped for autumn with these downtime tunes.

“Straight Up” – Luna: This cover downshifted the Paula Abdul hit big time into sometimes corny territory, but it’s laid back approach borders on poignant.

“Je Suis Comme Je Suis” – Juliette Grieco: This French tune is both light and whimsical with just enough romance to keep it interesting. Grieco’s deep voice is still tender and playful. Perfect for your crisp evenings — whenever they start.

“Bitty Boppy Betty” – Pink Martini: Gay bandleader Thomas Lauderdale called this their queerest song, but it’s retro flavor turns up the charm.

“Fade Into You” – Mazzy Star: Perhaps the definitive chill out tune, but ideal for any time of the year.

“Elevator” – Charming Gardeners: This local band comes close to Mazzy Star’s dreamy lushness here, but singer Amy Curnow’s edge makes it all their own.

“Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” – Stevie Wonder: Not all your tunes have to be relaxed. Trade out the thump-thump of summer dance music for some classic R&B that’ll get your feet moving.

“Clap Your Hands” – Sia, pictured: Despite the lame title, lesbian singer Sia channels her inner Kylie with an addictive beats.

“Farewell My Summer Love” – Michael Jackson: In earlier days, Jackson’s voice had a purity filled with crazy sensitivity. Even in this pop treat, he still gives us forlorned like no other.

“Sometimes in the Fall” – Phoenix: Because everyone needs this band in their life.

— R. L.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 3, 2010.