Summertime sadness really is Back Again. The sun is as non-existent as my summer fling, and with a crippling sense of existential dread, I realise that the long summer isn’t nearly as long as it seemed a few short years ago. In a world of 24/7 social ‘connection’ and constant competition, it’s easy to get swept up in the tide of social expectation, and to forget to make time in our busy schedules to live in the moment. For the final part of the playlist, I’ve tried to pick two DNB tracks that I hope will echo in your mind long after you have removed your headphones.
John B – Up All Night
Released in ’97, Up All Night is surely irrelevant to Summer 2016? No, this track is incredibly relevant to the present day. It empathises with millennials such as myself. So many aspects of our lives are changing so quickly: we grieve our childhoods, we grieve failed first loves. In our rare silent moments, we feel lost and nostalgic, wistful about what has passed us by. And then when there is the realisation that it must have happened this way for so many previous generations, we develop second -hand nostalgia for the culture we never even experienced. Perhaps this is the reason I love old skool dance tunes?
‘Hold me tight, don’t ever let me go. Up all night, I’d die for you.’
The lyrics of John B’s Up All Night may seem a little melodramatic, a little intense. But I think that is part of its undeniable charm. For one, it is relatable, I’m sure many of us admit to unintentionally coming across a little melodramatic, a little intense, as we try to tackle the emotional challenges that come with embarking on adulthood. As a whole, the track conveys conflict and contradiction; from the sweeping string sections which seem like profound, thoughtful silences, there quickly arrives a cacophony of piano samples, synth pads, self-doubt and stereo bass.
Pendulum – Plastic World
This track is a DnB adventure, complete with sound effects; running water, waves, creaking wood perhaps of a vessel destined for a faraway exotic land? It is one of the first tracks I listen to when I need to be uplifted and experience escapism. This track helps to remind me that, despite outlying pressures, we need to try to try to care for ourselves, to make time to do something we enjoy – for me, that is to listen to electronic music and/or have a skank. You might prefer Parkour, or knitting… In doing so, we may feel less overwhelmed by adulthood, less inclined to Summertime Sadness and more able to reach our full potential as human beings.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Summertime Sadness Playlist. Please feel free to comment and share.
The best times include good tunes, good friends, and a good skank
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