Full disclosure, I’ve been terrible about widening my music horizon. But perhaps terrible isn’t the correct word; this lack of branching out means I’ve been exploring the contents of my own iTunes with a renewed vigor. On a personal note, I’ve recently moved to Oakland, and because we don’t yet have an internet connection, I’m writing this from the Urban Grind café downtown. You might have guessed, but I’m surrounded by literal crackheads. They may or may not influence my dialogue here. Without further adieu, here’s my not-so-new mix of tunes that have me fallin:
1. Hot Chip- “Look At Where We Are” (Major Lazer Remix)
Generally speaking, Hot Chip’s music is laden with gushy promises of endless love and their latest album, In Our Heads, is no exception. This song reflects a style shift, in that it’s a bit less electronic than a lot of the bizarre tracks they turn out, but not to fret—Major Lazer fixes that. This upbeat track will surely have you swayin’ with your boo long into the night…
2. Imogen Heap- “Goodnight and Go”
I must admit, this one takes me back to my starry-eyed teenage years and makes me want to twirl around on my tiptoes. OK if you know me at all, you realize that this dance is not really just a desire. At any given time this summer, you’ll probably find me doing said twirl.
3. Metric- “Raw Sugar”
This one doesn’t have much to do with love or summer, but it was a welcome blast from the past when this one came up on my iTunes shuffle. OH! Wait it does have a line mentioning the season, but somehow “summer never comes” doesn’t really render feelings of joy and toes in the sand….enjoy it anyway.
4. Alt-J- “Dissolve Me”
Nothing says summertime quite like two tabs on your tongue…
5. Bob Marley- “Could You Be Loved” (RAC Remix)
You know I had to throw in a Marley track. A couple of his musically inclined children got together with a few incredible DJs and made this beautiful reggae baby that is Legend: Remixed. This is one of my favorite tracks from the collab because, let’s face it, anything RAC touches is gold. If you’re like me, this lighthearted take on his pop hit makes ya wanna start a fireside beach dance party in your own living room (maybe don’t light a fire though).
6. Disclosure- “Latch”
OK so I regularly refer to myself as a bonafide music snob, and yes this is a pop hit and probably played on the radio, but I love this song. And it has an amazing video to go along with it!!! THERE’S SO MUCH LOVE! First kisses! Ahhh!! On that note, I love that there is a lesbian couple in the video. It’s impressively refreshing to see same-sex flirtation grouped with heterosexual hanky pankey.
7. Solange- “Losing You”
Renaming this playlist might be a good idea. This track is a plea, an admission of strong-hearted desperation, and I totally feel for ma girl Solange on this one (I wish we were friends IRL). But the song is wonderful, and the colorful video was filmed in my beloved South Africa! Side note: I want to own her entire wardrobe from this shoot. Also- girl’s got moves.
8. Ja Rule ft. Ashanti- “Mesmerize”
First: the video. Nothing says “summer” quite like the end sequence of Grease, and nothing says love like Ja Rule and Ashanti in all black strollin’ around a carnival. That logic may be flawed, but just embrace the warm weather, be a little more street, and rock ya body. Don’t forget, summer time= sexi time.
9. Twista- “Wetter”
…I have so few words for this selection. But uhh…if it gets too hot, you’d rather be wetter, right?
10. Dominique Young Unique- “Hot Girl” (Mentalcut Remix)
This is so self-explanatory for so many reasons. The song’s aiight, but like…damn.