Let's dance - Issue 165 - Magazine | Monocle

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Un été Français

Songs from today’s most exciting French artists 

1.Tirer la nuit sur les étoiles

Etienne Daho and Vanessa Paradis

Two music icons perform a delightful ode to warm, starry nights. 

2. Avec toi

Magenta Club featuring Lola Le Lann

A French-language take on 1998’s iconic “Music Sounds Better With You”. 

3. Le tourment d’amour

Francky Vincent

This perfect summer song is also the soundtrack of director Claire Denis’ masterpiece Beau Travail

4. Dance’O’Drome


Another ecstatic hit from the music producer. 

5. Toupies

Rob & Jack Lahana featuring Catastrophe

A great slice of electro pop from the duo’s debut album, Summercamp

6. SMS

Aya Nakamura

A buzzy, infectious song from one of France’s biggest music exports. 

7. Tristesse

Zaho de Sagazan

French chanson meets electro in this intimate, original track. 

8. Adèle Castillon


The former member of Videoclub impresses with powerful synths. 

9. D’ici là

Flavien Berger

A gentle, elegant tune. 

10. Tout ira mieux demain


Introspective pop from one of France’s best current talents.  


Maritime beats

Gentle, breezy songs to listen to before a dip in the ocean 

1. Pyjamas

Benny Sings featuring Remi Wolf

The Dutch singer goes full bossa nova in this smooth track. 

2. Lagoas de Ruanda


This Belgian-Brazilian duo, based in Kigali, draw on their many geographical influences. 

3. Infinite End

Maxime Denuc

Electronica with sleek harmonies. 

4. Super Ego

Babe Rainbow

A sunny piece from the Aussie surf-psych rockers. 

5. Summer Jammin’

Inner Circle

You can’t go wrong with 1990s reggae.

6. Femmes Pays Douces

Raphaël Toiné

Some of the best zouk synth from Martinique.

7. Paraiso

Pearl & The Oysters

Whimsical song about being stranded on a desert island.

8. Dreams

Caixa Cubo featuring Xênia França and Zé Leônidas

Brilliant Brazilian jazz complete with warm vocals and a nod to r&b. 

9. Charm


The summer belongs to this Nigerian superstar.

10. Ndikhale

Bongeziwe Mabandla

Magical Xhosa electro-soul.


Magical sunset

Perfect tunes for warm summer evenings

1. Maracuya Massage


Fruity disco from the Swedish singer.

2. Pelle Di Luna

Franco Esse

Mediterranean beats from Rome.

3. Brasilian Skies

Masayoshi Takanaka

Japanese city-pop with a Lat-Am influence.

4. Enjoy Your Life


A blissful, euphoric celebration of existence.

5. Lost in Sunshine

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Cool vocals for a celebratory track.

6. Lipstick Lover

Janelle Monáe

Laid-back, sensual reggae beats.

7. Miami Beach

Rigoberta Bandini

A fun song inspired by the Spanish singer’s trip to Florida.

8. Massa Den

Fatoumata Diawara 

A wonderful track by the Malian singer.

9. Dance the Night

Dua Lipa

Everyone’s going to be talking about the Barbie film this summer – and listening to its excellent soundtrack too.

10. Amor e Sexo

Rita Lee

The late Brazilian Queen of Rock always charms.


Evening seduction

Music to savour with a drink in hand

1. That! Feels Good!

Jessie Ware

Ware’s disco, which is full of wild joy, is always worth falling for.

2. Amante Amore


A sensual, stunning tune from the Italian icon.

3. Stiekem 

Maan featuring Goldband

Electro-pop earworm from the Netherlands.

4. Offline 

Lie Ning

A tongue-in-cheek, sexy song about the joys of logging off.

5. Blue 


An atmospheric dance track that’s a throwback to the 1990s.

6. Steamy Windows

Tina Turner

Pay tribute to the music legend with this daring funk piece.

7. Emorio

Trinix & Fafá de Belém

Uplifting summery tune with vocals by a Brazilian diva.

8. Eye 

Aminé and Kaytranada featuring Snoop Dogg

Retro-sounding, synth-heavy hip-hop piece.

9. Summer Voyage

Pleasure Voyage featuring Done

Best enjoyed at a beach club, late at night.

10. Dive

Olivia Dean

A soulful track from an artist on the up.


Discoteca paradiso

For a hot night on the tiles

1. Padam Padam

Kylie Minogue

Kylie delivers an infectious hit yet again.


2. Gigi in Paradisco


Dalida is always welcome at Monocle’s discotheque.

3. Lyckotårar


Perfect Swedish pop.

4. Make Italo Disco Great Again (Tutorial Mix)

Romain FX

A lesson in how to produce the perfect Italo disco.

5. Angelo (Space Ghost Remix)


Dreamy, cosmic disco.

6. So Hard So Hot

Alison Goldfrapp

We love Goldgrapp as a band but Alison’s solo track is also a delight.

7. Give Me A Break

Vivien Vee

A gift to the dance floor, straight from Trieste.

8. Furore

Paola & Chiara

The Italian duo is back.

9. Solo


A bit cheesy but what’s not to love about Poland’s Eurovision 2023 entry?

10. Miracle

Calvin Harris with Ellie Goulding

Trance from the 1990s is back – and we don’t mind.


On the road

Songs to listen to with the car windows down

1. So Low

Ruta MUR

One of Lithuania’s most exciting artists delights with a 1980s-inspired tune.

2. Stumblin’ In

Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro

A classic perfect for a singalong.

3. Meant To Be

Jayda G

Another chilled track from the Canadian DJ.

4. I Wanna Be Myself

Don Laka

South African synth-disco at its best.

5. Monkey Business

Ryusenkei & Hitomitoi

Great contemporary Japanese city-pop.

6. Down Under

Men at Work

Any decent road trip needs a few surefire hits.

7. Música Ligera

Ana Mena

Groovy Spanish pop by this actress-cum-singer.

8. Furðuverur


Icelandic folk by this trio of sisters (and former Eurovision contestants). 

9. Sad Flower


This mega hit from the Thai dream-pop group is one for the romantics.

10. The Narcissist


The British band is back with one of its best singles in some time.


Monocle Radio 

To listen to the playlist, find Monocle Radio on Spotify – or tune in live to Monocle Radio for many more songs besides.

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