If you were to ask me to soundtrack your 4th of July party, it would probably go a little something like this: Get the afternoon warmed up with some beach ready indie tracks from TV Girl, Bora York and budding starlet Ryn Weaver. Once people were acclimated, I’d then ease into some synthy remixes and dance tracks from the likes of La Roux, Bondax, RAC and The Magician. I’d then naturally get ready for early evening with a mixture of indie rock anthems from Catfish and Bottlemen and Haley Bonar, harmonious sing-alongs via Jack + Eliza and The Lower 48 and drop a subdued remix of a track everyone knows just before sunset, like Metic’s take on “Nuthin’ But A G Thang”.
Sunset would kick off with remixes with a guitar tinge like RAC’s rework of Grizfolk’s “The Struggle” and a faithful Penguin Prison cover of a Lionel Richie classic. After sunset, I wouldn’t see any reason to delay the dance party, so I’d line up a slew of dance originals from Porter Robinson and Syn Cole and uptempo remixes from Solidisco and Four Tet and funkier cuts from The Knocks and Ducksauce. Since I can’t get enough of hip-hop remixes from my hey-day (late ’90’s/early ’00s), The Hood Internet, Matoma and Disclosure would kick things up a notch by reworking old favorites from Missy Elliot, Biggie and Pharrell. The rest of the set would aptly match the late night hour with groove-oriented cuts produced by the likes of Kaytranada, Louis Futon and Amtrac before the grand finale: Grimes’ banger “Go” (that I still can’t believe Rihanna turned down) would serve as a reward for those that stuck around until the end.
Oh, you didn’t ask for a 4th of July soundtrack? Here are a couple of mixtapes anyway. Stream below and let me know your favorites in the comments!
Happy Fourth of July!