Monday, August 24, 2009

Week 13: A last-ditch attempt to hang on to Summer

So it's late August, and I don't know about you, but here in Chicago we didn't really have much of a Summer. It was actually kind of nice—I hate the excessively hot Midwestern Summers, and I was delighted to have a whole year where we barely broke into the 90s (that's the 30s for you celsius people). I played a Portland gig a couple of weeks ago, and apparently they had the opposite problem—the Pacific Northwest was host to the hottest Summer in memory this year (104° in a region where nobody has A/C)—so I'm counting my blessings that I didn't end up downright miserable like them.

Nevertheless, it feels like I missed something. So here's a tape of Summer anthems, BBQ tunes, and porch party bumpers to blare out of your jeep. Some of these are specifically summer-referential; others are just huge summer mega-anthems of years past that remind me of public pools, fireworks, and 120 degree automobile interiors. Enjoy!

Chrissy's Year of Mixtapes Week 13: Summer Anthems

  1. Nelly; Hot In Herre (Universal)
  2. Busta Rhymes; Fire It Up (Remix) (Elektra)
  3. South Rakkas Crew feat. Kid Foreigner & Bigga Boss; Hotter Than Them (Mad Decent)
  4. Heatwave; Too Hot To Handle (Epic)
  5. Tasha Thomas; Hot Buttered Boogie (Atlantic)
  6. Vicki Sue Robinson; Hot Summer Night (Dub) (Prelude Records)
  7. The Sugarhill Gang; Hot Hot Summer Day (Sugar Hill Records)
  8. Shirley Lites; Heat You Up (Melt You Down) (West End Records)
  9. Risqué; Burn It Up Mr. DJ (Chrissy Re-Edit) (Polydor)
  10. Klinte Jones; In The Heat Of The Night (Oh My! Records)
  11. Martha & The Vandellas; Heatwave (Motown)
  12. Tony Curtis; Rollin' (Flabba Music)
  13. Natural Black; Beautiful Morning (Flabba Music)
  14. Lady G; Good Man Short (Main St.)
  15. Beenie Man; Who Am I? (Greensleeves)
  16. Dutty Cup Crew; Stick-Up (Greensleeves)
  17. Mr. Vegas; Nike Air (Greensleeves)
  18. Sean Paul; Infiltrate (Greensleeves)
  19. Spragga Benz; Strong Performer (Greensleeves)
  20. New Young Pony Club feat. Rubi Dan; Ice Cream (The Heatwave Remix) (unreleased)
  21. Sammy Bananas; Summer Bounce (Fools Gold)
  22. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince; Summertime (Jive)
  23. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell; Beautiful (Priority)
  24. The Art of Noise feat. Rakim; Metaforce (Rhythm Masters Remix) (ZTT)
  25. Basement Jaxx; Red Alert (Jaxx Club Mix) (XL)
  26. MK; Burning (Mr. Roy's Sezoo Vocal Mix) (Activ)
  27. Frankie Knuckles; The Whistle Song (Sound Factory 12") (Virgin)
  28. Erykah Badu / Dandruff Truckers; Way Back (Bar-B-Q)
  29. The Underdog Project; Summer Jam (Loop Dance Constructions)
  30. Soft Tigers / Waxmaster Maurice / DJ Pillsbury; Ice Cream (Chrissy Blend) (unreleased)
NEXT WEEK: Neue Deutsche Welle.


  1. Your mix tapes are BOMB. Thanks so much for posting them. I jam them (and so do my co-workers) during the day at our desks.

    Have you ever done a sissy rap mix tape? Dre Skull has a sick one. Check it:

    Keep on shredding.

    -Billy Saiko

  2. you should realy release that ice cream track. i realy love it. and this mix by the way.