Our first thought was to [insert joke here] about how our invitation to Solange Knowles’s epic wedding in New Orleans must have gotten lost in the mail. But come on, who are we kidding? If said magical invite somehow miraculously made its way to our mere mortal mailbox, the thing would have exploded, unable to contain the awesomeness waiting inside. So, thank you, Solange, for thinking of the rest of us. Instead of second-lining with the famous second sister, we’ll just have to make do with this wedding playlist from D.C.’s eclectic all-female DJ crew, Anthology of Booty.
1. “Sexual Healing” — The Hot 8 Brass Band
“We can only imagine the gems that played in the epic NOLA brass street party,” said DJ La rAt. “But this version of ‘Sexual Healing,’ an Anthology of Booty favorite, celebrates some of the best ways that wedding energy can be contagious.”
2. “Let Them Talk” — Spoek Mathambo
“Solange’s love affair with South African music and fashion sub-cultures would have been part of her special day,” explained DJ Mothershiester, who chose what she called “an amazing electronic music producer and dj Spoek Mathambo’s party jam.”
3. “When I Think of You” — Janet Jackson
DJ Mothershiester sets the scene for her “dream Solange wedding moment”: “Imagine the lights go out. There is a spotlight on the dance floor. And on that floor Solange is mouthing the words of this Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced classic to her boo while sashaying towards him.”
4. “I Just Want To Make Love To You” — Etta James
“This epic Etta track would be just the icing on the cake to Solange’s wedding soundtrack,” said DJ Inda Nile.
5. “Bankhead” — Kelela + Kingdom
“Kelela, a DMV-native and an amiga of AoB, has been collaborating with Solange for a while now,” explained DJ la rAt. “She actually performed live at the nuptials, and surely is on Solange’s iPod! Perhaps this sweet and sexy fall-in-love track was the song that sparked this amazing artist collaboration into reality?!”
6. “Las Brujas” — Gracie Chavez & Squincy Jones
“Surely Houston was repped on the dance floor, and I imagine Solange bringing in some Latin flavor. This track remixes classic cumbia sounds with shakeable dance floor and is a late night banger for sure,” said la rAt.
7. “Yall Get Back Now” — Big Freedia
“Due to our obsession with Instagram, we know that Solange and Beyonce had a sister date at a Big Freedia concert in early January. There is no way that the hypnotic beats and lyrical genius that make up New Orleans bounce music did not end up on her wedding playlist,” explained the crew.
8. “Q.U.E.E.N. — Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu
“In my mind, Solange, Monae, Badu and Kelela are all BFFs. They brunch regularly, while listening and critiquing each other’s music, to spill the tea and trade stories of encounters with those of the ‘basic’ persuasion because they are everything but,” said DJ Natty Boom.
9. “Heatwave” — Martha and the Vandellas remix by Cee-Roo
“A perfect ‘marriage’ of Solange’s love of Motown girl groups and her own dancy, electronic, nu-soul style,” said DJ Inda Nile.
10. “Take Off Your Cool” — Outkast feat. Norah Jones
“Gotta get some southern style ATL Outkast love jamz up in the wedding house,” said DJ Inda Nile. “Solange was scheduled to perform at Outkast’s ATLast fest this past September and bailed ’cause of a root canal, but I bet she made it up to them by playing this as her wedding song.”