Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Playlist Pt. 1

The story of my life...

It's the dog days of summer here in the great American Southeast, and there's not much better than speeding down the interstate with the A/C cranked, the windows rolled down, and the music blaring. Muzjiks is here to help you with that last part. Here's an assortment of summery, feel-good tunes we've had in heavy rotation lately...

Grouplove: Naked Kids [alt]
Although the entirety of Grouplove's
self-titled EP could easily double as the soundtrack to your road trip, this track serves as an appropriate sampling of what the five song release has to offer.

The Radio Dept.: Where Damage Isn't Already Done [alt]
This reclusive Swedish dream pop outfit can do no wrong when it comes to wonderfully fuzzy melodies. If you haven't already done so, do yourself a favor and check out the band's most recent LP,
Clinging to a Scheme, an album that will definitely contend for a top spot in Muzjiks' end-of-the-year honors. However, this offering comes from Radio Dept.'s critically acclaimed debut full length, Lesser Matters.

Gorillaz: Empire Ants [alt]
Having quickly skyrocketed among the ranks of my favorite songs of all time, this track off of
Plastic Beach has one of the most mind-numbingly dope buildups ever. Listen to this and try not to dance—I dare you. Turn up the volume, turn up the bass, and throw your inhibitions to the wind because the guy at the red light next to you is about to look at you like you've got epilepsy when this thing hits the halfway mark and the groove overcomes you...

Deadmau5: Strobe [alt]
Arguably at the top of the electronic genre right now,
mau5 is regarded as a must-see on the festival circuit. Listen to this track and you'll quickly understand why. Ideal for nighttime driving.

Tiesto (ft. Tegan and Sara): Feel It in My Bones [alt]
With it's pulsing bassline, trance synths, and sultry female vocals, this song has all the makings of an indie club
banger. Once again, I dare you not to dance. Seriously. This thing is infectious.

Wiz Khalifa: Cabin Fever [alt]
Whether you toke or not, this song has one of the sickest beats I've heard this year. Along with
Big Boi and Big K.R.I.T., Wiz has released some of the most exciting hip hop this year. Another staple of my nighttime driving playlist.

Third Eye Blind: Motorcycle Drive By [alt]
A summer playlist would not be complete without a nostalgic 90s tune, and there are few bands as quintessentially 90s as these Californians who blew up with "
Semi-Charmed Life" and "Jumper." Another track off of their self-titled 1997 debut, "Motorcycle Drive By" features a beautiful acoustic guitar-driven buildup that goes perfectly with a sunny afternoon.

Keep your eyes peeled for more music worthy of participation in your summer memories here on Muzjiks because, frankly, we're sitting on some gems. After all, we can't pull out all the stops at once...


Anonymous said...

yesssss grouplove!

ZM said...

Love that there's a Third Eye Blind song in here - that first album is still amazing.

vin said...

Great post, digging the Gorillaz new stuff..

Unsigned Bands said...

nice playlist. the exact must-listen-to for summer

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