Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mixtape: Summer of Sweaty & Swollen Me

Happy Summer, dear readers! It's my favorite time of year and the very best time to make a mixtape or two, in my opinion. There's just something about the soundtracks of summers past. The nostalgia that hits when a track that you played on repeat three summers ago or an artist that you were just discovering in the summer of '95 comes on and takes you right back to that sun-soaked season. Ah, summer music. Nothing like it. Plus, I like recalling that I listened to Santigold a ton during the summer when I was pregnant with Q. And now I want to create some equally fun musical memories for my pregnancy with LL.

I have two mixes that I'm working on at the moment -- it's been a slow process as there have been some, ahem, distractions to take me away from this task -- but I'm looking forward to finishing them and turning the volume up as I roll around the Bay with the windows down.

The first mix consists of newer discoveries. Here are some of the tracks that I'd like to recall fondly along with the feeling of LL groovin' in my belly. Mind you, these aren't your typical lullabies.

I've been pretty much obsessed with this remix. The original is great, too. In fact, I wholeheartedly recommend the entire Cults album. Think '60s girl group innocence with an undertone of dark desperation.
Cults - Go Outside (The 2 Bears Remix)

Beastie Boys have made a surprisingly strong showing as old fogies, but I especially love this reggae-tinged track featuring one of my favorites, Santigold.
Beastie Boys - Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (ft Santigold)

This album dropped last summer, but T recently got a hold of it and we've been playing it regularly. Takes us back to the good ol' days of early '90s hip-hop (pardon the intro).
Dr Oop - Safe In Sound ft Rogue Venom

I'm a big fan of most everything Danger Mouse does and Norah Jones' smoky, bluesy voice fits the Spaghetti Western vibe of the production perfectly.
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi present Rome - Season's Trees (ft. Norah Jones)

And then to get extra nostalgic, a track from my '80s summer mix that goes down like an ice cold Sunkist. (This one also makes me think of The Karate Kid and I had major crush on Ralph Macchio back then.)


  1. Cruel Summer, totally! I still totally dig that song. You have the most awesome taste in music girlfriend, seriously.