>One Day We Will Be Free

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Let’s kick July off with one of the undisputed heavyweight champions of house- Joe Smooth’s Promised Land from 1989. It’s got the lot- piano, synths, Anthony Thomas’ soulful vocal, happy/sad strings, that ascending and descending bassline, and thumping drums. The lyrics about angels, doves, walking hand in hand and freedom from fighting, violence and death in the street may sound a bit naive to our cynical, austerity driven 2011 ears but we should remember that in the late 80s positivity and optimism were all the rage. And maybe we could all do with a little bit more of that (cynical, grumpy, middle aged Mancunians included).