Despite the fact that I’m still spotting gloves, there’s no doubting the fact that summer is nearly upon us (and apparently it’s going to be a good one too). With this in mind, I thought that I would bring your attention to D’Angelo’s excellent cover of one of the greatest summer tunes of all time, Roy Ayers’ Everybody Loves The Sunshine.
Everybody Loves The Sunshine was originally released in 1976 and since then has become a stone-cold classic, whether as the perfect record to start off an afternoon set at some exotic beach-bar, or the ultimate closing track at night clubs around the world. Like so many other ‘classics’, the version that many people assume is the original is actually a cover, by RAMP(though it was produced by Ayers). With 2 such amazing versions already in existence it was therefore quite a brave move by D’Angelo to try to pull it off himself.
Luckily he does it without any problems. He’s slowed down this already chilled track and chucked in a nice dirty vibe. He plays around with the lyrics a tiny bit and overall manages to tweak this amazing song without losing its essence. I first came across D’Angelo’s cover of Everybody Loves The Sunshine on the excellent compilation Mr Scruff’s Big Chill Classics and suggest that you give this a go too: the whole thing just oozes with the magic of summer, and it’s all kicked off nicely with this amazing tribute to Roy Ayers.
Sunshine arch by Ross2085 on flickr