10 Must Have Grooves For Your Summer 2018 Playlists

Happy (almost) summer, kids! 

While the next few months are all about feeling fabulous, heading down the beach, bitching about sunburns and pining over short-lived flings, what’s most important during the summer months is to make sure those sun-kissed playlists are stockpiled high with lots and lots of delicious grooves. 

Which is why you should absolutely stay tuned to Philly Mixtape all summer long as there’s bound to be multiple servings of some of the hottest tracks this side of slay….and it all begins right now for your Memorial Day Weekend

So, lather up the Banana Boat and dive into ten must have additions to your pulsating playlists featuring smokin’ hot remixes of Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa, sizzling sonnets from Pia Mia, Camila Cabello, Pharell Williams and Gorgon City, and one Janet classic that seemingly gets better with age. 

With that being said….here we go now…get busy

Happy summer streaming! 

Ariana Grande/”No Tears Left to Cry”(DJ Linuxis Remix)  Sigh….how many more f#$king days until Sweetener owns our lives? But in the meantime, hey summer…we see you. 

Pia Mia/”Ocean Drive”  Whether cruisin’ down Ocean Drive in Miami or Broad Street right here in Philly….turn this shit up. 

Camila Cabello/”She Loves Control”  Dear Mizz Cabello, please release this deliciousness as your third radio single, like, right now. 

Gorgon City/Kamille/Ghosted/”Go Deep”    You know what they say….the deeper, the better. We’re talking about that beat here…get your mind out of the gutter 

Allie X/”Vintage”  One for the start of your summer romance…….

Cardi B/Khelani/”Ring” ……and one for the end of it. 

Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa/”One Kiss”(Jauz Remix)     Obsessed with the original and its accompanying video? (btw…yas, Ms. Lipa, yas) Then you’ll absolutely want to dive into every synthed-up smooch of this fiery rewerk. 

Camilla Cabello/Pharell Williams/”Sangria Wine”   There’s a one-hundred percent chance your drunk uncle is going to attempt to “Wine” it up at a wedding this summer. Ay dios mio, indeed. 

Janet/”Throb”    Because summer life just isn’t complete without this janet. banger, um, throbbing in the background. 




Groove of the Day/Missy/Lamb/”I’m Better”

In a week that’s been, well, 2016, leave it up to our girl Missy Elliot to swoop and save our lives with a new song and video for her latest futuristic and krunkalicious banger, “I’m Better,” co-starring rapper Lamb. 

While we have no idea if this is the jump off lead single to what will be her seventh studio album (and very, very much anticipated), who…the..f#$k cares…it’s Missy for God sakes.

However, the cray video did come with a trailer for some kind of Misdemeanor documentary that’s headed our way this year, but since we don’t want to lose any sleep in excitement over what’s to take over our lives Missy style in 2017, let’s just relax and get down to the ready sounds of her latest heat. 

Happy Friday! 

This year’s grooves sound like…


‘Joanne’ Review:Maybe ‘ArtPop’ Isn’t So Bad After All

One minute, twelve seconds. 

That’s about the time it took me to skim through Lady Gaga’s just released and much, much-anticipated new record Joanne before I said to myself…what the fuck is this? Johnny Cash she ain’t and around the campfire we’re not. (Except “Dancin in Circles” and the Hall & Oates-esque “Hey Girl” co-starring Florence Welch…you can stay). 

Now, as someone who understands, like, life and stuff, I have nothing like Whitney but the utmost respect for the personal tone of the record and the “Raw Americana” feel (hey…American Life? It just has to be said) that’s laced throughout, because if there’s one thing that Joanne does well, is that it certainly holds true to its themes…..even if those said themes makes you feel a little (okay, a lot) droopy while listening. 

But what’s truly puzzling here is that Ms. Germanotta  has been quoted during the promotion of this record (and on all of those Dive Bar Tour stops) that this is the “real her-stripped down, raw and rocked out. But wait, then what was The Fame and the rest of it about? Was your disco stick not worth the ride? Was that meat dress really not you? Was “Telephone” truly not from the heart? Sigh….who the fuck knows now? Thanks, Joanne

Let’s face it, prior to this album, our girl struggled a bit post-ArtPop, a fact that she came to terms with since she became besties with Tony Bennett for their Grammy snatching Cheek to Cheek compilation. This was also right around the same time she made Julie Andrews bow down before her after her take on classics from The Sound of Music at the 2015 Oscars made all of us, um, speechless. Fucking brilliant. So, why not use some of that brilliance and toss it on a fun, fresh dance record that will have you snatching all the wigs like you did when you first hit the scene eight years ago? Maybe she doesn’t want that anymore? It’s just all so confusing….which is something we don’t want when it comes to Gaga because we just want to fucking dance, bitch. 

Of course, now the real question arises… well will Joanne do over the next months?  Looking at how ‘Perfect Illusion” was perfectly disillusioned on the charts with a quick stop at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, it seems as if this will be a touring album rather than a singles album (second single “A-Yo” doesn’t justify shit either), which means those fans (eek!) will have to come in droves for this one. 

While the critics seem to adore it, a critically loved record doesn’t always get you to stay in the limelight (right, Norah Jones?), because these days, it’s all about the fans…and it looks she might have lost one with this record…but looking from the fact that I needed my sunglasses to block all the Joanne shade on social media this morning, I may not be the only one. 

Now, I will always love me some Lady fucking Gaga….The Fame will always be that fire, I’m secretly obsessed with her Confessions of a Shopaholic track “Fashion,” I still do the “Bad Romance” moves at weddings and I’m just going to be a shady music kween and say that if you haven’t heard the track, “Reloaded” (or “Nothin’ on (But the Radio)” for that matter) you’re not a true fan. (See what she does to me?) But when it comes to Joanne, somebody call security because it was tryin’ to fight my headphones and it need to go. 

If you need me, I’ll be (sigh) listening to ArtPop while not trying to think about that upcoming Super Bowl performance (just a little “LoveGame”…please??) while waiting for Gaga’s Confessions on a Dance Floor return to form type of record….because it’s (already) time, we’re just waiting for her to realize that. 

Listen to Joanne below…if you want.