Tag Archives: Summer

Recommended if You Like: Summer

As we all seek to squeeze a few last drops of fun from the holiday weekend, here are three great new tracks guaranteed to shimmer in the summer sun.  Commentary on these will have to wait until I figure out how to blog with a busted wrist, but for now enjoy!

Cee-Lo, from Gnarls Barkley fame:

What Part of Forever, Cee-Lo Green

Shawn Anthony, featured on Entourage and soon to blow up methinks:

You’re So Cold, Shawn Anthony

And finally, Yeasayer with another great summer track that somehow has to do with 80’s inflected futuristic weirdness.

O.N.E., Yeasayer

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