The Songs of Summer #31: ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ by Jamie XX
My kids think my musical tastes stop with anything recorded after about 1972. There’s a bit of truth to that, but I’d like to think I still have my ear to the ground when it comes to new sounds. Being in the business of distributing music for about 16 years kept my ears fresh…And I still like to try to keep up with what the kids are listening to.
The songs that make up my Songs of Summer List are mostly older; I’m mostly older, so that kinda makes sense. But that doesn’t mean I can’t throw a bone to today’s artists. If I had to name one song to be the Song of Summer, 2015 style, it would be this one. Recently named by Spotify as their official song of summer, I cannot disagree.
‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)‘ by British producer/DJ/musician Jamie XX with help from Young Thug and Popcaan heavily samples a classic older track, called ‘Good Times’ by The Persuasions. Much like earlier Song of Summer ‘Deeper Shade of Soul‘ which sampled an old Ray Baretto track, this track combines the new with the old to create something really fresh, and a song that blends nicely into my playlist of mostly older songs.
Heads up: Like almost every popular song these days (I know, I’m old), this track does contain a little bit of profanity. You’ve been warned!!
Here’s the original Persuasions ‘Good Times’: