Craig Charles' 10 Top Summer Sizzlers
Mr Funk and Soul picks his hottest summer tunes just for 2mail
This song by Milan native Mario Biondi is the sound of the summer. Mario is a huge star in his home country and he’s worked with everyone from Chaka Khan to Bluey from Incognito. I love this, but make sure you play the extended version which is 7 minutes long.
Pete Rodriguez was the leader and pianist of a Puerto Rican Boogaloo band from The Bronx in the mid-1960s. This was his best known song and it's another summer extravaganza with a saucy salsa groove. If you’re not up and dancing to this, you’re already dead!
A stone cold 90’s classic! When you hear this song you know summer has arrived. The minute the sun comes out I open my weekly Saturday Funk & Soul Show on 6 Music with this. It always gets people singing along and smiling.
This was a massive acid jazz hit from 1991 and I just love Carleen Anderson’s voice. It's the great sort of summery song which has you singing along and bouncing to the groove.
For me, this sound paints the picture of the smooth sounds of New Orleans, where Aaron comes from. With it's Cajun and Creole vibe, I always think of sipping Hurricane cocktails late at night in the city's famous French Quarter when I hear this.
Big beats, bassline, Booga-Blooming-Loo! It may only be 2 minutes and 16 seconds long but it’s a monster of a summery track.
This is the most infectious cover of that old Gershwin jazz standard you will ever hear! And by the sound of it, it does exactly what it says on the tin: make you feel that summertime will never go away.
Roy Ayers has been composing and performing great soul and funk for decades and his music has been sampled by more artists than can fit on a page. It's the perfect summery, breezy and sexy tune. And its true! Everybody does love the sunshine.
Zoe was a bit of a one-hit-wonder from the 90s, but what a hit! I love it's trip-hop summery groove and I've always said if freshly mown grass had a sound, this would be it.
The late, great Gil Scott-Heron! To the ear, this sounds a very sunny, funky song at first, but when you really listen to it you realise how political it is. And every playlist needs a song or two with a real message!