This summer has been a hectic one for new music (Apple Music! Wayhome! Dr. Dre!), but also for myself. Amid job changes and a wild semester, I listened to a lot of music but regrettably was not able to distribute it to the masses. Let’s hope those wrongs can be corrected with a mixtape (or maybe 2?) and a return to the original format.
The summer music returns from artists we haven’t heard from recently were a pleasant surprise. Aside from Dr. Dre (for the record, I’d give Compton a B+), Dan Auerbach charmed on early singles from his fuzzy side project (The Arcs), Matt Berninger took a break from the National for more upbeat work with EL VY and Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr retired “Dale” in favor of JR JR with equally indie pop friendly hooks. I fully expect there to be some chuckles about the Carly Rae Jepsen appearance on this mixtape, but her new work aligns with anything CHVRCHES (welcome back!) has release off their pending album.
First time JayeL Audio appearances also made for a strong summer’s worth of new acts to be excited about. Cali folk pop singer Odessa enchanted on single “Hummed Low”, while Gemini Club’s “Fret and Regret” was an instant mood turner. Day Wave made it tough for me to select one indie pop gem from their early catalog, but I kept hitting replay on the hazy hit “Headcase”. Favorite of the past two months had to be Pure Bathing Culture’s “Praying for Rain” with its chant worthy hook and beach ready production.
Stream the mixtape below and let me know what songs you couldn’t get enough of this summer.
JayeL Audio 9-3-15: STREAM (Spotify, 8tracks)
1. Pure Bathing Culture-Praying For Rain
2. EL VY-Return To The Moon
3. Oh Wonder-Drive
4. Odessa-Hummed Low
5. Carly Rae Jepsen-Run Away With Me
6. CHVRCHES-Never Ending Circle
7. The Weeknd-Real Life
9. JR JR-Gone
9. Moon Taxi-Make Your Mind Up
10. CRUISR-Throw Shade
11. Brandon Flowers-Dreams Come True
12. Walk The Moon-Work This Body
13. BAIO-Sister Of Pearl
14. RAC-Can’t Forget You ft Chelsea Lankes
15. Cosmo’s Midnight-Walk With Me ft Ku Kucka
16. Disclosure-Omen ft Sam Smith
17. Ratatat-Nightclub Amnesia
18. Lane 8-Hot As You Want ft Solomon Gray
19. Thundercat-Them Changes
20. Skylar Spence-Affairs
21. Day Wave-Headcase
23. Kurt Vile-Pretty Pimpin
24. Meg Myers-Lemon Eyes
25. Grace Potter-Empty Heart
26. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats-S.O.B.
27. The Arcs-Outta My Mind
28. Kevin Morby-Moonshiner
29. Foals-Mountain At My Gates
30. Gardens & Villas-Everybody
31. Gemini Club-Fret and Regret
32. Steven A Clarke-Can’t Have
33. Beat Connection-So Good
34. Dawes-All Your Favorite Bands