Summer Music

Summer Music

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Like moving the clocks forward, putting my heater into and pulling my fan out of storage, and cracking my first beer in a park, putting together a summer playlist sits amongst my favorite signs of a changing season. At once my musical perogatives are free to dance by the poolside, sit on the beach, or ride a bike drunk. The resulting output tends to be less insuler and more universal than their cold weather counterparts. Come on it, the water’s fine.
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SHE COULD TEACH THE SUN HOW TO SHINE
2015

sun how to shine

In the winter she itches in uncomfortable sweaters, with wet woollen socks clinging to her pink feet. She sits at frosted windows, counting snowflakes and raindrops until she can shed her December skin. If she worships the sun, the feelings are mutual. It seems to try harder when she’s around. Summer is the only thing that truly makes her happy, just as sure as winter brings her down.
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      She Could Teach the Sun How to Shine

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Longjohn’s Lust – Lilacs & Champagne
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – As the World Rises and Falls
Saitana – My Pretty Thing
The Ify Jerry Krusade – Blacky Joe
Rome Fortune + Ceej feat. ilovemakonnen – true thang
Retiree – How You Doin’ Well
Domenique Dumont – L’Esprit de l’Escalier
Colleen – Eclipse
Whitney Houston – My Love is Your Love (Jeremy Sole Cumbia Dubplate)
Nightmares on Wax – What I’m Feelin’ (Good)
Gorillaz feat. Little Dragon – To Binge
Taxie – I Think I’m Falling in Love
Lilacs & Champagne – Roses & Kisses
Herbert – Ones
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Love Is
Low – Surfer Girl
Caetano Veloso – Asa Branca
Felix Laband – Down the Garden Path
HNNY – Cheer Up, My Brother
Daniel T – Gravura
Reginald Omas Momode IV
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HE ONLY LOVES SUNSETS
2014

He was born wearing sunglasses and could swim well before he could walk. He keeps the ocean in his pocket, and even gets a tan in the shade. His shoulders are broad and his skin doesn’t burn. His eyes are as big as the beach. At night he sleeps on sandy sheets that smell of suntan lotion and sex. Too pure to hide that he only loves sunsets, he still makes you feel what you have is as deep as the sea.
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      He Only Loves Sunsets

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Seahawks – Look At the Sun (feat. Tim Burguess)
Young Marco – Later Than U Think
TUnE-YArds – Water Fountain
Shabazz Palaces- Hottabatcht
Anthony Red Rose – Tempo
HTRK – Blue Sunshine
Nightmares on Wax – Jorge
De La Soul – Talkin Bout Hey Love
Dee Dee Wawick – Dee Dee Drums/Outro
Funkees – Dance With Me
Head West – Attention (Drum Skit)
Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Uu Uu Uu
Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
MFB – Boredom Pain
Roisin Murphy – In Sintesi
Yumi Zouma – A Long Walk Home for Parted Lovers
Maria Minerva – Hagasuxzzavol
Jeanette – Sunny Side
Massive Attack – Better Things
Brand Nubian – Allah And Justice
Mr. V – Welcome Home (Instrumental)
Boards of Canada – Olson
Hatchback – Closer to Forever
LL Cool J – 6 Minutes of Pleasure
Christy Essien – Take Life Easy
Lucio Battisti – Doo Doo & Doo (Lovefingers Instro)
Holger Czukay & U She – Sunday Morning
Pure X – Starlight
Suicide – Cheree (Remix)
Melt
Beach Boys – ‘Til I Die (Desper Mix)
Johan Agebjörn – Dulciter Somni
Temprees – You Make the Sun Shine
Future Sound Of London – Goodbye Sky
Slowdive – Blue Skied and Clear
Idiot Glee – Ain’t No Sunshine
Mark Barrot – Back to the Sea

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THE SUN IS ELECTRIC – A SOUNDTRACK TO SUMMER NIGHTS
2013

Her heart is analog, but she dreams in digital; like someone from the past imagining the future. She spends summers in L.A., even when she’s on the other side of the world. Imagine her on Sunset and Vine, wired like a synthesizer, so hot like the day. Her hair is gold like the stitching of her designer jeans, her eyes shine like neon light against chrome. Her heart’s like a kick drum, she’s got so much rhythm. Her body’s electric, just like the sun.
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      The Sun is Electric

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Almunia – Pulsar
Woolfy vs. Projections – Set Me Loose
Daft Punk – Fragments of Time (feat. Todd Edwards)
Phoenix – Funky Squaredance
Zoot Woman – It’s Automatic
Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
Ian Pooley – 1983 (feat. Högni Egilsson)
Mirage – Let’s Kiss
Move D – Computer Flop
Close – My Way (feat. Joe Dukie)
Blood Orange feat. Erika Forster Spring – Huge Quit Part
Air – Run
iamamiwhoami – y
Ytre Rymden Dansskola – Kahluha Madness
Coma – T.E.D
International Pony – Gravity
Mood Rings – The Line
Teen Daze – Waves (Previously Unreleased)
Gino Vannelli – Wild Horses
Fujiya & Miyagi – Reeboks in Heaven
Tatsuro Yamashita – Dancer
Too Young To Have Problems
The Animator – Begone Dull Care
Atom TM – I Love U (Like I Love My Drum Machine) [feat. Jamie Lidell] – HD
Hall & Oates – Method of Modern Love (Arthur Baker’s Extended Version)
Diana Ross – Muscles (Written by Michael Jackson)
Galt MacDermot – Summer, Summer
Nightmares on Wax – Me + You
Washed Out – Paracosm (Teaser)

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SUMMER IN THE CITY – A MUSICAL ODYSSEY (IN THREE PARTS)

2012

He can’t stand iPods so he brings his decks to the beach, even though his records might get wet. She hates the songs he plays but she loves the way he plays it cooler than the pool it gets her hotter than the pavement. They talk about the breeze and trees and not about the internet. She believes conspiracies, but not in things like accidents. “Bare feet beat dance shoes, sweat till you get the sand wet”. He remembers every word she said like he was her cassette deck.
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      Summer in the City - Fast

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Moodymann – Hold It Down
The Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know
Sunfire – Young Free and Single
Nuyorican Soul – Nautilus (Mawtilus)
A Tribe Called Quest – If The Papes Come (Remix)
Nicholas Jaar – A3
Gray – Drum Mode (Paul Moog Version)
Frank & Tony – Rings (Corbu Live Version)
Kalabrese feat Guillermo Sohyrha – Hide
DJ Vadim – Lounge Shiznitz
Senor Coconut – Showroom Dummies
St. Germain – Soul Salsa Soul (Descarga Mix)
Maayan Nidam – Oye Mi Ritmo
Sebastien Tellier – Cochon Ville
Clive Tanaka Y Su Orchestra – I Want You (So Bad)
The Treacherous Three – Party
The Fatback Band – Goin’ To See My Baby
Darabi – Truckin’
PillowTalk – Sunny
M. Tanzmann – Summertime
Nina Simone – Here Comes the Sun (Francois K Remix)
Mister Lies & Different Sleep – Safety Net
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Pal Joey Mix)
Massive Attack – Be Thankful for What You’ve Got
Finley Quaye – It’s Great When We’re Together
Paul Simon – Diamonds Dub (Tangoterje Edit)
Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy
John Forde – Stardance
Samantha Sang feat. Bee Gees – Emotion
Nightmares on Wax – Me & You

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She arrives at the beach with a spare set of batteries, a daisy in her hair, and an appetite for flattery. He shows up on his bike with a great mixtape, plus a flask full of whiskey and some frozen grapes. He likes the way her legs look, long like the summertime. She thinks he talks just like books and finds that hot like sunshine. They speak in voice-over and they move in slow motion, like a movie about how love can take you under like the ocean.
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      Summer in the City - Slow

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Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Prince – I Wonder U
Shuggie Otis – Island Letter
The Uniques – My Conversation
Co La – Hit Me (Cat Call Version)
Dr. Buzzard’s Original Sunshine Band – Sunshower
Digable Planets – Dedicated
Roy Ayers – We Live In Brooklyn, Baby
MV & EE With the Bummer Road – East Mountain Joint
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (Live Rehearsal 1967)
Diskjokke – Golotrok
Nightmares on Wax – Morse
Sade – Cherish the Day (Pal Joey Mix)
Comodo – Float
Color Plus – Fuzz
Vikter Duplaix – In the Middle of You
Victor Malloy – The Girl in the Hood
Aphex Twin – Untitled (Four Tet Remix)
Four Tet – No More Mosquitos (Boom Bip Remix)
The Art of Noise – Crusoe
Karibien – Stockholm
Lemon Jelly – Soft (Aphex Twin Mix)
Nicolas Jaar – Hey Boy
M83 – Waves, Waves, Waves
Daft Punk – Nightvision
The Verve – Where The Geese Go
Ronnh – Holding You, Anyway
Air – Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi
Boards of Canada – Olson
Nobody & Mystic Chords of Memory – Feet Upon the Sand (Dntel Remix)
Bobby Brown – My Hawaiian Home
The Future Sound of London – Photosynthesis
The Velvet Underground – Ocean
David Bowie – Memory of a Free Festival
Mellow – Shima Shima
Gemma Hayes – Evening Sun

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When the summer heats up, both of them get so nostalgic. You can see it in the clothes they wear, and hear it in their music. You can tell by the way they push each other into swimming pools, and act like they’re in high school when it’s too hot to be cool. His lowered Honda Civic with pull-out deck and tinted windows has sub woofers loud enough to change the way the wind blows. She wears Guess jeans, fakes a mole, and drinks wine coolers. Their summer is a long day off, their love is Ferris Bueller.
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      Summer in the City - Cheese

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The Sugarhill Gang – Hot Hot Summerday (Theo Parrish Edit)
Vickie Sue Robinson – Hot Summer Night
Midnight Blue – Coolin’ Out
Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
Fantasy Three – Summer
Freestyle – Summer Delight
Nairobi Afro Band – Soul Makossa
Fela Kuti – No Possible (Joystick Jay Vulgar Distractions Edit)
Birth Control – Gamma Ray, Part 2 (Single Version)
Spanky Wilson – Sunshine of You Love
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces – The Hamburger Song
The Hombres – Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby
The Fat Boys and the Beach Boys – Wipeout
Candyman – Knockin’ Boots
Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up (Smoothed Out Mix)
LL Cool J – Around the Way Girl
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Summertime
Brotherhood Creed – Helluva (Mo’ Betta Mix)
A Ligher Shade of Brown – On a Sunday Afternoon
Dream Warriors – Ludi (Double Trouble Club Mix)
Marley Marl feat. Heavy D – Fools In Love
The Jungle Brothers – Spark a New Flame
De La Soul – Talkin’ Bout Hey Love
Ghostface Killah feat Slick Rick, RZA, Raekwon – The Sun
Take 6 – Don’t Shoot Me
Handsome Boy Modeling School – Sunshine
Beats International – Come Home
Sandra Reid – Ooh Boy
Nightmares on Wax – 70s, 80sB
Dove Shack – Summertime in the LBC
Cornershop – Something Makes You Feel Like
Arling and Cameron – W.E.E.K.E.N.D.
Bobby Charles – I Must Be In a Good Place Now

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