In The Groove: Belle Isle Bangers for 4th of July, plus Tall Black Guy’s wonderful world of edits

Listen to In the Groove with host Ryan Patrick Hooper weekdays from noon-3 p.m. ET on Detroit Public Radio 101.9 WDET.

"In The Groove" host Ryan Patrick Hooper in WDET's studios in Detroit.

For the inaugural In The Groove on 4th of July, I wanted to be in the studio live so I could cook for you while you cooked out in the city.

So I’m offering up Belle Isle Bangers — songs that just sound better when you’re cruising around the island with the windows down. I think every Detroiter can understand where I’m coming from on that one.

The best part? You picked a ton of tracks to go into the mix via voicemails, including killer cuts from Sly & the Family Stone, Earth Wind & Fire, One Way, Prince and more.

On top of the Belle Isle bangers, I wanted to put a special spotlight on Detroit’s own Tall Black Guy, who has been making great music for years and is continuing that legacy with some fantastic edits and remixes of Kendrick Lamar, Luther Vandross, Sade and Donny Hathaway. Support Detroit music always on In The Groove!

Check the playlist below and listen to the episode for two weeks after it airs using the player above.

In The Groove with Ryan Patrick Hooper playlist for July 4, 2024

  • “Luv N Haight” – Sly & the Family Stone
  • “Page 3 (Dam Funk Mix)” – Steven Julien & Kyle Hall
  • “In the Summertime” – Mungo Jerry (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Svensk Sås” – Todd Terje
  • “Hot Fun in the Summertime” – Sly & the Family Stone (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!) 
  • “Love Is Life” – Earth Wind & Fire (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Sun Goddess” – Ramsey Lewis & Earth Wind & Fire
  • “I Love Luv You More (Tall Black Guy Remix)” – Sade & Donny Hathaway
  • “Crown Love” – Tall Black Guy & Kendrick Lamar (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Since I Lost My Baby (The Spirit Remix)” – Tall Black Guy
  • “Cutie Pie” – One Way (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Messages From The Stars” – Rah Band
  • “Musica” – Mildlife
  • “For What It’s Worth” – Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66
  • “Light My Fire” – Africa
  • “Light It / The New / Stop” – J Dilla
  • “Seabird” – Alessi Brothers (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Camino Del Sol (Todd Terje Remix)” – Antena
  • “Lovers” – Vespre (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “17 Days (Zach Witness Edit)” – Prince
  • “Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Aquarium (Belle Isle Acid)” – Rebecca Goldberg (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Sharevari” – Aidan Noell & Nancy Whang
  • “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” – Seu Jorge & Almaz (listener pick – Belle Isle Banger!)
  • “Lansana’s Priestess” – Donald Byrd
  • “Miss Kane” – Donald Byrd
  • “Nomalizo (Eddie C Rework)” – Letta Mbulu

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.