Our Summer Soundtrack
To get you all in the mood for dancing this Sunday - at July's OverEasy - the girls, guy, and DJs behind WTGG and the tea dance compiled you a list of our favorite sounds of summer. What's your number one summer track?
"Bad Religion" by Frank Ocean: Because anything involving Frank Ocean will always be a favorite of mine. Plus: he went from being dropped by Def Jam to coming out in his debut album's Channel Orange liner notes. People are calling him a revolutionary in the world of hip hop. Plus, the album IS PERFECT-I highly recommend "Lost" and "Pyramid" as well. Check him out on his first ever TV performance on Jimmy Fallon. ~ Lindsey Summers, Contributor
"Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris: I've felt a insanely close to the lovely Mr. Harris ever since he graced us with "We Found Love" (which will continue to be my default go-to song for any day, week, season, year forever and always). While he says that he's always going to be a producer and never a "front man", as soon as I heard this song I knew that once again I had found love in an awesome place. ~ Lindsey Summers, Contributor
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye: I mean it's fun to sing the chorus at the top of your lungs when driving in heavy D.C. traffic. Especially when you're balancing a coffee and a bacon-egg-and-cheese croissant, driving with one knee and you don't have the dexterity to flip off that guy who just cut you off... ~ Bianca Williams, Contributor
"Where Have You Been" by Rihanna: If you've ever been in a nightclub surrounded by a large number of appropriately queer people (and some not so queer) you'll understand why when this song comes on. ~ Bianca Williams, Contributor
"Mad" by G-Eazy ft Devon Baldwin: On the big music map in my head G-Eazy lives one town over from Vampire Weekend in the state of Eternal Summertime. But, maybe it's just the clean-cut/preppy/surfer style that makes me think of summers at home in Connecticut, hanging out at the beach after work. This is his latest release; also check out "Waspy" and "Run". ~ Mandy Lineweber, Contributor
"Keep Your Heart Young" by Brandi Carlile: I find myself singing this song all the time: walking to work, doing the dishes, taking a shower. It's happy, nostalgic and fun; perfect for easy outdoor drinks and imagining that you're sitting by a lake. ~ Mandy Lineweber, Contributor
"The Only Place" by Best Coast: Nothing says summer to me like driving in car with no place to go. The title track of Best Coast's latest album was seemingly written to inspire just that - Windows down, sun roof open and car-time sing alongs. Don't believe me watch the video. ~ Sarah Marloff, Editor-in-Chief
"Starships" by Nicki Minaj: As a daylighting nanny, this is one of the few radio hits that me and the kids agree on. It began with random kitchen dance parties, but it's progressed. As June's She.Rex proved -when I hear this Nicki song at the dance party I can't help but scream along and put my hands up and touch the sky as if I was singing along with a 7 year old. ~ Sarah Marloff, Editor-in-Chief
"Glad You Came" by The Wanted: This song makes me think of my girlfriend, and it also makes me want to dance. Both are so commercial but THEY ARE #SOGOOD. ~ Alexander Smith, Founder
"Turn on the Lights" by Future: This whole album is perfect. The fact that Future can put this and "Tony Montana" or "Same Damn Time" on the same album is unbelievable. Dude is so versatile. ~ DJ Alex DB, Contributor & this month's guest DJ at OVEREASY
"Wut" by le1f: A.k.a. "the kind of jawn closet dudes wanna go steady on," le1f is doin the damn thing on this cut. The drum track sounds like Mannie Fresh's first beat ever, and the looped horn sample is nothing if not totally infectious. ~ DJ Alex DB, Contributor & this month's guest DJ at OVEREASY
"I Can't Wait" by Twin Shadow: Technically, this was my favorite pre-summer song ("I cannot wait for June," go the lyrics), but the joint themes of budding romance and stealing a hottie from someone lame on the dance floor will charm your ear-buds long past September. ~ Cici Cauterucci, Managing Editor
"Let's Have a Kiki" by the Scissor Sisters: The gay boys have claimed this one as their own, but I can't resist the hiccuping beats and sotto voce exclamations of "motherfucker!" This song makes me wanna vogue until the last of the glitter hounds have gone home and my fringey boots are slipping across the room in centimeter-deep puddles of sweat. Also, since I don't have any inkling as to the definition of a "Kiki," I can pretend they're saying "Let's have a Cici." ~ Cici Cauterucci, Managing Editor
"Post Lives" by DIIV: This whole album (Oshin) is the perfect listen on a hazy summer day. The vocals are fuzzed out almost to the point of incoherence, and the shimmering, melodic guitar tells the story instead. So maybe it's not meant for the pre-game (or even the actual party), and that's okay. This album couldn't sound any more like summer to me. ~ Sarah Wassel, Logo and t-shirt designer
"Queens" by TheeSatisfaction: "Whatever you do, don't funk with my groove." Should this be your motto for the summer? Yes. Is it made even better by being set to space-funk beats? YES. ~ Sarah Wassel, Logo and t-shirt designer
"My Time" by Misun: This song makes me incredibly happy every time I listen to it. It's a dreamy, fun song telling a story about someone living life to its fullest on their time. Their time. My time. Not only that, but Misun is also from Washington, D.C., and my friend Nacey produced the EP. I see big things coming from them. ~ dj vANNIEty kills, & A Founder of OverEasy - now in it's 3rd summer!
"Bad Girls" (Switch Remix) by MIA: Now going to the other extreme -How can you not love a song about female empowerment, and this remix takes it a little deeper and dirtier. I especially love the collaboration between three of my favorite female artists: MIA, Missy Elliott and Rye Rye. ~ dj vANNIEty kills, & A Founder of OverEasy - now in it's 3rd summer!