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Summer in Chicago Mix 2010

With back-to-back dinner parties this weekend, I of course had to spend a good chunk of time obsessing about the proper soundtrack for said soirees.  The answer I came up with is the collection presented here: 19 food and family friendly tracks you probably haven’t heard but will want to.

For loyal readers of this blog, this CD will serve as a nostalgic tour through the mellower tracks that have emerged as my favorites over the last year or so.  For the newbies out there, feel free to search the artists’ names on the blog so that you can learn more about them.  And do track down their commercial releases: there’s not a band on here that’s not worth the price of admission.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the track list and the link to the music. Continue reading

Music + Moments, Volume One: Summer Songs

Summer songs– music that melds right in with BBQs, beaches, and umbrella-adorned cocktails.  And thus far this summer (yes, that’s right, even in these post-Labor Days, I’m still referring to this summer as if it’s still unfurling), has had more than it’s share of fantastic songs that are just as fantastically matched to the time of year.

fitting that they are spinning the globe, because that they surely do

fitting that they are spinning the globe, because that they surely do

The first of these is a song that, for me, is the song of the summer– even though I think they may have cheated.  When you release as song that ebullient and bouncy as “Warm Heart of Africa,” you release said song in July and you even pull out the steel drums, it’s hard for me to believe that you’re not making a direct play for the jam of the summer.  Brought to you by The Very Best, a combination of a great DJ (Radioclit), a cool Malawi singer (Esau Mwamwaya), and for this track the lead singer of Vampire Weekend (whose appearance with an actual African singer is somewhat confusing, but never mind).  If you like this cut, don’t just check out their record– check out their mixtape (if you thought Michael Jackson’s song from the Free Willy soundtrack couldn’t be cool, brace for surprise).  Since I’m hoping you already have this song, I’ll share with you an even-bouncier remix done by a DJ who goes by “So Shifty.”

Warm Heart of Africa, The Very Best (So Shifty Remix)

To hang in Africa for a minute, let’s bring out Toto.  And the South Rakkas Crew.   Continue reading