Sunday, August 3, 2008

A collection of songs that I like to think have an audibly summery feel.

KC & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight (A Tom Moulton mix). I was always a bit 'so what it's nice' about the original version of this tune. This Tom Moulton mix takes the original and spaces it out to 9 minutes. Thankfully it's also a rearrangement which minimizes the camp disco and make it sound almost like modern day DFA type recordings.

Sly & the Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime. Another classic, this time in it's original form. I love how loose and unreaheased a lot of Sly's music sounds and this is a perfect example.

Cocteau Twins - Summerhead. From their 'Four Calendar Cafe' album. This is about as obviously cheerful as the Cocteau Twins ever sounded. This always reminds me of Christmas, the height of summer in New Zealand, because I heard it on the radio one Christmas morning.

Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down. This song is often scorned as part of neo-80's movement but it's just a cheerful, unpretentious pop song about a girl.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - They Reminisce Over You. The generation defining hip hop classic from 92. Still sounds timeless and fresh.

5 Songs for Summer


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