A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Facebook for friends to send me summer mixes. The basic premise: A compilation of music that feels like summer. Whatever that means. The results are starting to pour in... They are as diverse and wonderful as I expected/hoped. Big thanks to everyone who took part. Enjoy.
- Paul (aka Real Cosby): Opening with the sweet soul sounds of Darondo, then wandering through hard chilling hip hop, beats and spacey jams. Includes: Madlib, Action Bronson, Blu, Sundrenched, etc. Download "Where did all the cookouts go?"
- Ray B: Vinyl appreciator, psych-funk aficionado, Graveface employee... This mix goes from dusty rarities like Stark Reality and LA Carnival to classics like Digable Planets and Beastie Boys to old favs like The Ramones and Fugazi. Download "Ray's Summer Mix"
- John Wenzel: The Denver Post A&E writer and man-about-town delivers a stellar mix of indie/alt-rock stretching from Mark Mulcahy and Matt Pond PA to Of Montreal and Tortoise. Download "John's Summer Mix"
- Johanna (aka Jones): All the way from Berlin comes this bittersweet mix of mostly European gems. An eclectic blend of laidback sounds, includes: Jun Miyake, Die Fantastischen Vier, Feist, Von Konrad and more. Download "Gold of Summer in the Air"
- Mr. Al Pete: One of Jacksonville's preeminent gentlemen of hip hop laces up a 45-minute mix of smooth jams for grown folks. Some real BBQ gems. Download "Summer Splash Mixx"
- Mark Sanders: Writer/skull collector... this one goes from AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac to Father John Misty and Neon Indian. Download "Mark's Summer Mix"
- Ashley Rogers: Any mix that opens with a Shuggie Otis song is serious about everything that matters about summer. Includes: The Beach Boys, Neko Case, Cults, Spoon, etc. Download "Summertimes"
- My own contribution to this project starts with an invocation from Lee Dorsey and then follows up with some Jimi Hendrix, Raphael Saadiq, Roman GianArthur, Deeee-Lite and more. Download "Patrick's Summer Mix"
- Jacob Cottingham: Among our nation's most rock n' roll legislative staffers shows up fashionably late with this short-but-sweet selection of new and old, from Billy Joel to Doug Tuttle (Mmoss). Download "Quick Summer Hits 2014"