Your Love is a London residency led by Tama Sumo that celebrates music and its rich tapestry, as well as love and its diversity. This coming weekend she returns to East London with with partner and equally adept selector Lakuti for an all-night session at Dance Tunnel. To mark the occasion, they have both put together a playlist that’ll bring a smile to your face and maybe even a tear to your eye: 12 cheesy love songs that hold a special significance, alongside some personal insights into what the tracks mean to them both.
Your Love with Tama Sumo & Lakuti takes place 21st November at Dance Tunnel.
Sylvester – ‘Give It Up’
Somebody plays this so that we can have a slow dance. You know the cheek-to-cheek slow dance you did at your prom? Nobody slow dances no more 🙁
The Isley Brothers – ‘Between The Sheets’
Nothing to add here, the Isley Brothers get straight to the point.
Earth, Wind and Fire – ‘Can’t Hide Love’
A staple in our household – it’s like butter.
Idris Muhammad – ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’
Arresting and genius. We did an edit of this one for our personal use, which I played at Freerotation Festival.
Jill Scott – ‘Love Rain’
This was the song that we played at the registrars when we got married.
Shirley Brown – ‘Woman to Woman’
Kind of a woman scorned and vexed song but kind of romantic too and we love shirley brown.
Donald Byrd – ‘Love Has Come Around’
Again another staple it just makes you feel lucky that you are in love.
Herbie Hancock – ‘I Thought It Was You’
Oh herbie oh herbie oh herbie.
Betty Wright – ‘Tonight Is The Night’
Making love for the very first time. Betty knows best.
Diana Ross – ‘Love Hangover’
The original diva makes us drunk in love all the time.
Teddy Pendergrass – ‘When Somebody Loves You Back’
This is the moment you pinch yourself that somebody actually loves you.
Prince – ‘The Beautiful Ones’
Tear jerker, nobody makes them like prince.