Things kick off with Zedd & Aloe Blacc's ode to Willy Wonka's Candyman and totally re-written lyrics turning it into an uplifting song about peace, love and unity; something we could ALL use about now. Throw in a little bounce (Los Angeles) and reggae-bump (Jetlag) and the beautifully elegant Finally, you kinda get a feel as to where this set is heading; but then ...
I switch gears into J Paul Getto's Vibe; a song I've been sitting on since March as I knew exactly where I wanted it to appear. I'm not sure what song this samples but the overall feel-good 70's "soul-vibe" is so addictive I can listen to it on repeat all day long and never get sick of it.
Shortly after, we move into Midnight Bumper, which I'd swear is a pumped-up instrumental of Grace Jones' version of La Vie En Rose.
From there we move into some late-night soul tracks, which set the mood for a glass of wine and a few puffs from your peace-pipe [grin].
Next up another feel-good track Bertie Bassett's The Only One, which channels the fantastic 1999 smash Big Love by Pete Heller. Wait for the drop and you'll immediately recognize the vocal sample by Party Favorz' favorite DIVA, Miss Loleatta. I'm a sucker for these samples, but only when it works and this just hits it out of the park.
Truth is, every song included here is a winner but Kevin Karlson and Nelly's Got the Love just feels right as does last year's mega-hit Es Vedra by Gabriel & Castellon.
Oh course, this wouldn't be a proper summertime chill set without the easy-breezy Summertime, originally a hit for Will Smith in the early 90's. I dropped the instrumental house version which just screams summer.
Finally, I bring things to a close with Emapea's Good Old Days, and it's heavy early 90's production making it the perfect closer for this set.
I had so many fantastic songs to work with this go-around, I had to leave several on the floor but have every intention of coming back at the end of August with a Summer Farewell mixtape that will include them plus new favorites.
Zedd & Aloe Blacc - Candyman
Danny Darko feat. Hannah Young - Los Angeles (Slinko Remix)
TrackLab - Jetlag (Original Mix)
Sweed feat. Jalana - Finally (Holter & Mogyoro Remix)
J Paul Getto - The Vibe
Phonk D - Midnight Bumper (Original Mix)
Mark Lower & Corinna Jane - The Chase (Original Mix)
Alex Hook feat. Rene - Show Me Your Love (Original Mix)
Ucha - Shosholoza (Original Mix)
Juloboy & Dana Jean Phoenix - New Condition (Original Mix)
Bertie Bassett - The Only One (Vocal Break Mix)
Superlover - Timeless (Original Mix)
Kevin Karlson feat. Nelly - Got The Love (Original Mix)
Gabriel & Castellon - Es Vedra (Touch & Go Remix)
Summertime Jam (Instrumental)
Fiendsh - Memoirs (Original Mix)
Emapea - Good Old Days