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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

Sultry Sounds from South of the Border

When in search of some sultry new songs, it’s always a pretty safe bet to look south of our border.  In that spirit, here are three hot new(ish) tracks from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

The following subtle swirl of samba, brought to you by Vanessa de Mata and Ben Harper (!), is at great risk of being poached by whoever assembles those ghastly “Summer Patio Party” mixes at Pottery Barn.  Before you find yourself buying a CD that has a picture of Brazil perched in a martini glass, grab this and cue it up for your next cocktail party.

Boa Sorte (Good Luck), Vanessa de Mata (featuring Ben Harper)

Born in Tijuana and now making her name in L.A. clubs, Ceci Bastida sounds a bit like a Mexican M.I.A., and is ripe for a re-mix or two that breaks her big.

Empieza a Amanacer con Nina Dioz, Ceci Bastida

One of the more interesting marketing moves of the summer has been Levi’s Pioneer Sessions.  It’s a simple idea: a dozen artists interpreting classic songs.  But it was executed well enough to have a fairly constant presence through the influential bits of the interwebs over the past six weeks or so.  An example of this deft execution is the Colombian electro-pop hipsters Bomba Estereo‘s bilingual re-make of “Pump Up the Jam.”

Pump Up the Jam, Bomba Estereo

Big ups to Levi’s and Cornerstone Promotion who made it happen.  Further evidence that often the best marketing ideas come not from the pursuit of cleverness but rather the fresh execution of something that is true.