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Everybody Say Yeah

July 02, 2013 By: Andrew Category: Mixings

It’s the dawning of (slightly) new era, my Mix of the Summer devotees. Due to the ever-expanding world of technology and the ever-decreasing amount of my expendable income, today marks the first digital-only launch date in the history of these rad little collections. Huzzah!

The digital age is here, but that don't mean I still can't be fancy.Don’t get too bummed out, I think I may still print a few limited edition hard copies for old time’s sake and of course there’s already some art prepared to give this year’s group an identity of its own. Ain’t it fancy?

But now there is really no excuse for you not to have this year’s finest collection of trashy pop music and solid summer jamz. No matter where you are in the world.

And to all of those people whom I have promised to get these things to in past years… woof sorry. Going to the post office apparently takes a lot of effort. Shoot me your e-mail and I’ll hook you up with the 2013 anthology. Which includes 20 tracks along with 5 bonus tracks specific to the online edition only! Here we go…

  1. “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake | I love me some JT because he always puts out songs that are a reinvention of his own sound, new and different while still retaining the same flavor that has made him a radio heartthrob since he embarked on his solo career. Now if only he would make music more often…
  2. “#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey feat. Miguel | It’s no secret that MC is my diva of choice, so that’s why this undeniably breezy track from her forthcoming album filled me with such delight when I heard it the first time. With the effervescence of an old school summer classic like “Dreamlover,” this is a welcome return to form and the assist from Miguel probably has more than a little to do with it.
  3. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell | Its misogynistic and totally random music video notwithstanding, this ditty is clearly the song of the summer. A hypnotic retro vibe and flashes of MJ’s Off the Wall-era grooves make for an addictive earworm… and that “Hey, Hey, Hey” interspersed throughout will. not. leave. my. head.
  4. “Closer” by Tegan and Sara | I’ve been peripherally aware of this granola crunchy sister duo for several years now, but of course the first song of theirs that I would really gravitate toward is this sonic pop jam that sounds like that lovechild of Robyn and The Cranberries.
  5. “The Stars Are Ours” by Mayer Hawthorne | Everything this guy does just sounds slick, particularly his melodies which can make unexpected turns that feel so soulful. The pulsing boogie guitars and carefree pace of this track scream summer and make me excited to see what else he has up his sleeve.
  6. “Next to Me” by Emeli Sandé | There are a lot of things I love about this song, but the main one is probably the way it can rise and contract to fit different moments. Blare it on your speakers and it’s a big, epic wall of sound that sprints toward the finish line. Play it softer in a quiet setting and it’s a tender, earnest affirmation of her man’s commitment. #layers
  7. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell | I’m really glad Donna Summer decided to put a new single out and relinquish the vocal duties solely to Pharrell… because he didn’t seem to have a lot else going on lately.
  8. “Holy Ground” by Taylor Swift | This isn’t a single off Red and I know it’s been out for the better part of a year, but the first time I heard it last fall (on an awesome road trip to Delaware with my BOC homies) I knew it was a solid contender for this year’s summer mix. Say what you want about T. Swizzle but she’s got this glossy pop shiz on lock.
  9. “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida | I’m not sure where this guy came from, who told him Flo Rida would be a inspired artist to feature or who gave him permission to sound like SoulDecision. But I’m okay with all of it.
  10. “Something That We’re Not” by Demi Lovato | I felt obligated to put something by Demi and/or Selena Gomez on this year’s anthology, but their radio tracks honestly didn’t do that much for me. This album cut off Demi’s eponymous release, on the other hand, is everything a good summer song should be – a sassy, endlessly catchy kiss-off.
  11. “Treasure” by Bruno Mars | One of the most consistently awesome new artists of the past several years, Bruno Mars can do no wrong in my book. I was leaning toward putting his “Natalie” on the mix this year, but once he got behind this fun and funky ditty full force, the die was cast.
  12. “Here’s to Never Growing Up” by Avril Lavigne | The verses of this song are almost indistinguishable from her first big hit “Complicated,” but if something ain’t broke, I say don’t fix it. Avril is one of those people who you want to grow musically like 1% with each album she makes, mainly because her stuff is so sugary and hypnotic to begin with.
  13. “Wings” by Little Mix | I first heard this song as a pupil in a Circuit Party class at MFF and it certainly propelled us ninjas to tackle those battle ropes (how I loathe them) with extra glory. These ladies are like the Spice Girls had a baby with the Pussycat Dolls and it took acid. I consider this to be a good thing.
  14. “Crickets” by Drop City Yacht Club feat. Jeremih | I don’t know a lot about this track, except that I looked it up after reading about it in one of Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Music Previews. I’m glad I did. It feels a lot like that song “Butterfly” by Crazy Town. Remember that one? Yeah, I thought so.
  15. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles | It’s rare that a gal with Sara’s talent and unshakably sincere point-of-view can make a dent in the music industry these days. But she’s proven herself a force to be reckoned with and this new track, a battle cry for boldness with a frothy pop sheen, is no exception.
  16. “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” by The Lone Bellow | Zach Williams’ voice will always remind me of the first summer I moved to NYC and wore out his Story Time album. His new outfit’s debut release is excellent from top bottom and this, the lead track, is an expansive, country-tinged voyage.
  17. “Tears Always Win” by Alicia Keys | Alicia is one of those artists we’ll look back on in thirty years and be like, “Wow, this music sounds just as good now as it did back then.” Something about this song, despite its forlorn subject matter, feels undeniably hopeful and triumphant. You betta sang gurl.
  18. “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic | Is OneRepublic the new Coldplay? Is Ryan Tedder better than Chris Martin? Discuss.
  19. “Royals” by Lorde | I would try and pretend that I first heard this song three months before I heard her perform at some hip music festival… but I know none of you would believe that. I saw an online article on Billboard about this making a jump on the AAA chart and I looked it up to see if it was too cool for me. It is, but I’m nonetheless hooked.
  20. “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly | So much twang. So much Nelly. So much fun! It’s no secret that I like to end these collections with something straight out of Nashville. This one took a detour in St. Louis on the way to your eardrums. Next stop: every summer road trip you take this year.

Bonus Tracks

  1. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie feat. Q-Tip and GoonRock | Because The Great Gatsby was everything I hoped it would be and the soundtrack had pretty much everything to do with it.
  2. “Remix (I Like The)” by New Kids on the Block | Because Krissi Diers told me to and it’s actually really catchy.
  3. “That’s What I Like” by Kelsi Luck | Because I heard it in a random souvenir shop on Long Beach Island like two weeks ago, Shazammed it and didn’t care that the this girl has done nothing else. It’s just so fun.
  4. “Our Song” by Matchbox Twenty | Because I’m the only person left in America that still listens to them and I’ll go to my grave thinking they’re cool and hip even if they’re not and that all music should sound like the 90s.
  5. “I Love It” by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX | Because Marc Viscardi can be really passive aggressive but he’s a dear friend and I can take a hint.