They say the festive period is 'party season' but no Christmas soirées or New Year's shindigs can compete with the life-giving, anything-is-possible atmosphere that comes from a glorious, dancing in the golden hour summer party. But for that, along with a healthy dash of good weather, you need great tunes. So here are a few choice cuts from The Fold editor Will Hutchins (aka DJ willywillyhutchhutch – available for weddings) that are sure to get your sandals tapping.
Having a Party by Sam Cooke
Ease your way into the evening with one of the all-time-greats letting everyone know exactly what's going on.
Gamesofluck by Parcels
This is air flowing through your hair, smooth-dancing on the bonnet of a Ferrari convertible while the orange LA sun sets behind you music – but the Ikea garden chair on the slab of concrete you refer to as your 'patio' will do just fine.
Take your time (do it right) by The S.O.S Band
A delicious slice of boogie so irresistible, it will have everyone eating up the dance floor.
Drinking in LA by Bran Van 3000
When you want to bring the tempo down for more chilled vibes, with a tasty dash of 90s nostalgia, this one-hit wonder is like having a cool Cosmopolitan poured into your ears – in a good, non-sticky way.
Le Temps de l'amour by Francoise Hardy
There's always time for sultry French chanson. Stick this on and make like you're twisting the night away in a smoke-filled, Côte d'Azur club in the 60s.
All for you by Janet Jackson
Built around the disco sample of The Glow of Love by Change, spruced up with some 90s R&B production values and sweetened with JJ's exceptional vocals. It's almost too much fun.
This must be the place (naïve melody) by Talking Heads
Great to dance to, great to drunkenly sing along to, it's a beautifully simple, completely uncorny love song. For music nerd points, play the live version from the concert film Stop Making Sense.
The boys of summer by Don Henley
Pure, unadulterated and entirely joyous, fists in the air, 80s power pop. Another slice of cheese on your burger?
Flowers - Sunship Edit by Sweet Female Attitude
A garage classic so soaked in sunshine, it's a recommended source of vitamin D and unlike sunbathing, it's danger free – unless you count your misplaced attempts at MCing.