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2017 Summer Music Round Up


Whether you’re at the block party or the BBQ, on the floor or in the backyard, all up in a fierce workout or owning the bedroom, it is absolutely our right to stack up as much summer music as possible to keep it all (and those tan lines) in check all SPF season long. 

So, sit back, pour a glass of summer music iced tea and let the latest sets and sonnets from Jay Z, Calvin Harris, Tieks, Hed Kandi, Katy Perry, ZZ Ward, DJ Khaled, Phoenix, Faith Evans (with Biggie!) and extraordinary drag queen, Pissi Myles, make all of your sun-kissed groove dreams come..alive

Pissi Myles/”Babashook” In case you weren’t born this way yet, a few days ago NYC, err, East Coast owning drag diva, the truly one-of-a-kind, Ms. Pissi Myles (she’s most likely hiding in your closet as we speak) delivered the giggly and ghoulish clip for, “Babashook,” an ode (which Myles co-wrote with comedian Topher Cusumano) to The Babadook, the rainbow comunity’s latest and greatest Netflix Streaming Bish. (For much more Babadook tea, take a seat right here). 

In the colorful, yet oh, so fucking delightfully bat shit cray clip (which was directed by Joe la Scola with creative direction by Myles’ husband/extraordinary photographer, Mr. David Ayllon) Myles serves us face and teeth for daze complete with sexy back up dancers (hey, there Mr. Chris Urban..you betta werk with those moves) who perfectly compliment the twisted rhymes that Ms. Myles has provided for us, in which all of this is guaranteed to bring The Babadook out in you all summer long. Now, watch…and then go to iTunes and add Ms. Pissi Myles “Babashook” to the top and bottom of your summer 2017 playlists…now. 

Katy Perry/Witness  Although the music shade has certainly been real from fans and critics alike when it comes to, well, anything having to do with Ms. Perry’s latest body of werk….it’s really not that bad…is it? Actually…no. Chances are, the world just wasn’t (it’s currently sliding waaay down the Billboard charts) ready for a beat heavy set from the former Teenage Dream queen. But standouts “Tsunami,” “Swish Swish,” “Deja Vu,” “Chained to the Rhythm,” “Bon Appetit” and the summer life owning title track may just have you diving a little deeper into Ms. Katy’s now much maligned fifth studio record. So, go ahead take a chance…your sun-kissed life may just thank you. 

Hed Kandi  Calling ALL dance music/vibe lovers….your summer/life just isn’t complete until you’ve bagged up everything that tremendous overseas dance music record label Hed Kandi has to offer, including their 2017 collection, the workout themed, Strong and Sexy compilation and the summer baby makin’ set, Back to Love. And once you’ve bagged them all up (and certainly then some..go here for it all), you’ll be exposed to such delicious delights like David Morales “Needin’ You,” Tieks’ “Sunshine,” Joe Stone’s “Man Enough,” and seriously thousands more. In other words, just fucking dance it out to anything Hed Kandi all god damn summer long..because we must. 

Calvin Harris/Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1  If you’re looking for a record full of explosive beats from the world’s highest paid DJ on his latest studio venture, you best look back to last year when his RiRi collaboration, “This Is What You Came For” was (and still most certainly fucking is) owning our summer lives. However, that should definitely not detour you from diving headphones first into Taylor Swift’s ex’s latest romp in which ten laid back grooves take you away like a warm summer music breeze. Standouts include the Nicki Minaj owned “Skrt on Me,” the Migos/Frank Ocean starring “Slide,” the thrupling of Pharrell/Katy/Big Sean on “Feels,” and well, pretty much every other track. Just..listen..it’s that simple. Go. 

Phoenix/Ti Amo  Another one of those summer records where you just have to put those windows of life down and just…ride. Indie vibe kissed quartet Phoenix certainly brings lots of delicious vibes to the summer music table with their latest offering. Whether it’s the amped up, “Role Model,” the clap-happy “Lovelace,” or the groovy title track, this record certainly has a little something for everyone…which of course is the best part of..it all. Listen up. 

Jay Z/4:44  Like you haven’t listened to it 765, 445 times already this summer. And hello, Mizz Becky, it’s nice to wonder who the fuck you are again. And of course, the Hov’s latest is only on Tidal, kids. So, go here now to Bey’s babies(!!) Daddy’s latest. 

Faith Evans/The Notorious B.I.G./The King and I:Legacy  No, you’re not hallucinating….the King & Queen of all things Rap, Hip Hop and R&B are back together once again delivering a tremendous twenty-five track set full of everything that will have you musically living like it’s 1994-1998 all over again. Like that delightful feeling ever god damn left..and certainly won’t with this record. Slay, Ms. Faith and Biggie, slay. 

Lorde/Melodrama  Taking a listen to the “Royals” diva sophomore outing, it’s certainly safe to say that our oh, so still young English Breakfast tea sipping songstress is, like, growing up you guys. An explosive record packed with deep beats (“The Louvre,” “Supercut,” “Sober”) and some deep shit (“Green Light,” “Writer in the Dark”), the “Tennis Court” owner delivers the perfect record for anyone who’s still trying to find their inner diva this summer…which is, like, all of us.

ZZ Ward/The Storm   In what will go down as one of the most authentic sets of the summer (no shade, Ms. Perry, no shade), Oregon based ZZ certainly brings it all when it comes to her shimmering sophomore set. Loaded with voice, gusto and doo-wop tinged rhythms, the red hot and rising chanteuse serves us summer life and then some with tracks, “Domino,” “Ghost,” “Let it Burn,” the uplifting title groove and well, that’s only the true beginning when it comes to everything this one-of-a-kind record has to offer. So, put those windows down and just drive right along with Ms. Ward’s stunning offering while ushering in a fresh voice that’s certainly been a long time coming. 

Baby Driver/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack As it turns out, one of the summer’s most buzzed about films (sorry, Transformers:The Last Knight) has one of the most buzzed about soundtracks as well. And with good measure, too, as such new and old classics like Bob and Earl’s “Harlem Shuffle,” Martha and the Vandelles’ “Nowhere to Run,” Beck’s “Debra,” and Blur’s “Intermission,” are among 30 (yes, 30) others fierce grooves which all make the Baby Driver soundtrack one hell of a, um, killer summer music ride.  

Lana Del Rey/Lust For Life/July 21st While pretty much every gay man in the whole entire universe patiently waits for all of that music pleasure and pain that’s most likely, err, guaranteed to be all over Mizz Lana’s much, much much anticipated new record, repeat dance offs to the Cedric Gervais owned “Summertime Sadness” retire are a must because he fucked up again and we lived to tell about it, gurl. Now dance it all out. 

Xtina/??  Insert every god damn laughing emoji here. But, hey, at least Ms. Xtina gave us one of the best fucking summer songs ever in “Genie in a Bottle,” and for that, our sun-kissed souls will be eternally grateful. 

And you might as well add these classic scorchers right in, too….

Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer” (Todd Terry Refire)   Yas, summer dancing kween, yaaaas. 

Tieks/”Sunshine” (Zac Samuel Refire) Because…..life. 

Lil Flip/”Sunshine” May Mr. Flip’s oh, so short-lived music career rest in peace. But this fucking track, though…bliss. 

Bag Raiders/”Sunlight”   Because…more life. 

Apexape/Josh Barry/”Joy & Pain” Just turn it the fuck up. Sorry, there’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to dynamic summer grooves like this one. 

The INC/”Down 4 U”   Because Murder Inc for god damn life. Is there really anything else to say here? No. 

Jennifer Lopez/”If You Had My Love” (Metro Club Rewerk)  No words here, just lots and lots of dancing to one of the best remixes of your classically sun-kissed well being. Let’s go. 

 

Also aiming to put the Banana in your Boat on your sun kissed playlists this summer…….  TLC/Self-titled…..DJ Khaled/Grateful…..Blondie/Pollinator………. Kid Ink/7 Series.….. Harry Styles/Self-titled….. New Kids on the Block/Thankful….. …… R5/New Addictions…..  Linkin Park/One More Light….  Snoop Dogg/Neva Left….  Lady Antebellum/Heart Break….   London Grammar/The Truth is a Wonderful Thing……   2 Chainz/Pretty Girls Like Rap Music….   Imagine Dragons/Evolve…..  Sevyn Streeter/Girl Interrupted (7/7)….  Romeo Santos/Golden (7/21) …..  Arcade Fire/Everything Now (7/28)…..  Paula Cole/Ballads (8/11)….. Loretta Lynn/Wouldn’t It Be Great (8/18)

Happy summer music streaming!! 

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