Dinah Washington – Relax Max

It’s always lovely to hear Dinah Washington in the movies. Her voice instantly sums up the 50s – it’s big and bold and crackles like a fire, but it has a fragility and wistfulness that feels nostalgic immediately. It’s practically the sound of yearning – they don’t sing like that anymore, nor do they produce voices to sound like that anymore. Hear Relax Max (from 1957s The Swinging Miss D album, with Quincy Jones conducting and arranging) when it pops up in Wildlife and you’re instantly transported and in the room with Carey Mulligan as she attempts to impress her rich new beau with an acutely embarrassing dance of desperation.