JULY 13, 2020

Party for one

BY NEAL P. CORPUS

Here are five albums to get you dancing like nobody’s watching — literally.

Look, it’s still probably a long time before we can all get together and dance. Which is sad, really, but if there’s anything the lockdown has taught us, it’s that dancing alone in your room is almost just as fun.

Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine by your lonesome, pouring your heart out in that post-shower, hairbrush-as-a-mic concert, or just bopping to a jam while cleaning your room, this is the perfect time to let loose. Here, we’ve compiled a couple of albums to get your solo dance party going.

“Dedicated Side B” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Dedicated Side B” by Carly Rae Jepsen (2020)

Carly Rae Jepsen said on the podcast Switched on Pop that she started making this album as “an album to clean your house to,” and it’s exactly that — and so much more. Much like her last few releases, “Dedicated Side B” is filled with songs about love, longing, and longing for love, all set to rich, fun, bubblegum beats that harken back to the 80s.

Highlights: This Love Isn’t Crazy, Summer Love, Solo

“What’s Your Pleasure?” by Jessie Ware

“What’s Your Pleasure?” by Jessie Ware (2020)

Going back by about a decade, Jessie Ware’s new album “What’s Your Pleasure” is a sleek and sexy disco offering. Time to break out your gold sequin bathrobe (What, you don’t have one?), because this is the perfect soundtrack for when you’re getting ready for those weekend Zoom calls.

Highlights: Ooh La La, Spotlight, Save A Kiss

“Body Talk” by Robyn

“Body Talk” by Robyn (2010)

This is an oldie but definitely still a goodie. Robyn’s 2010 album “Body Talk” is pretty close to the perfect pop album. With Swedish synths and heart-wrenching lyrics (her iconic song Dancing On My Own is in this), this album is for those nights when you just want to cry and dance at the same time. 

Highlights: Call Your Girlfriend, Hang With Me, Dancing On My Own

“Sawayama” by Rina Sawayama

“Sawayama” by Rina Sawayama (2020)

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more hardcore, Rina Sawayama’s latest album is a cross between R&B, rock, and dance-pop. It walks a pretty fine line but never quite tips over — perfect for when you’re wired on coffee and just need to get a bunch of work done (with dance breaks in between).

Highlights: Comme Des Garçons (Like The Boys), XS, Love Me 4 Me

“It’s About Time” by Chic

“It’s About Time” by Chic (2018)

Sometimes, nothing beats the classics. But what’s even better is when iconic disco hits by the legendary band Chic get updated with vocals from contemporary powerhouses. In this album, guitarist Nile Rodgers put together a dazzling cast of guest vocalists including Lady Gaga, Hailee Steinfeld, Craig David, Elton John, and more. 

Highlights: Till The World Falls, Sober, I Want Your Love

If you’re a little bit more old school and prefer to have these records in your hands, head on over to your favorite music store at the nearest Ayala Mall — who knows, you might just discover some new solo party tunes while you’re at it.