Songs for the Cocktail Nation

Friday and Saturday nights are traditional party nights. Our parents and grandparents had their own swank party style. It was a world of "high-ball" cocktails, tiki tchotchkes and soft sounds coming from the giant console stereo. Here's my take on cocktail nation exotica with with modernity in mind:

Yma Sumac "Accla Taqui (Chant of the Chosen Maidens)" from Voice of the Xtabay. Yma Sumac is the heavenly voice of the Andes. I imagine her lore as the Incan queen whose vocal style rings between the peaks, falling on the ears of worshippers performing ancient love rituals. She's an amazing singer with a very wide vocal range.

Air "J'ai dormi sous l'eau" from Premiers Symptomes. This record from the French duo Nicolas Godin and Jean -Benoît Dunckel contains the remixes from Moon Safari. Nice Rhode keys couched in dreamy ambiance and cool beats.

Propellerheads with Shirley Bassey "History Repeating" from Decksanddrumsandrockandroll. Brit electronica duo team up with legendary diva. Bassey is the smooth voice on the Bond Theme "Goldfinger". She teamed up with propeller head's Will White and Alex Gifford for this memorable groove.

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