July 2014


Don Omar – “Hasta Que Salga El Sol” – (2012)

Latin music is some of the best summertime music. I’ve included a link to the lyric video – which is worthless unless you’re fluent in Spanish. The song’s title translates to “Until Sunrise,” in case you wanted to try and follow along. Don Omar put out some solid singles from this album that came out two years ago. Fun fact: this was the theme for the 2012 Miss Universe pageant – which is the most presumptuous of all beauty pageants (you don’t know how beautiful people are on other plants in the universe!).

Mr Probz feat. Robin Schulz – “Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)” – (2014)

Mr Probz is a Dutch singer/rapper and his song “Waves,” which was originally released in the Netherlands in November 2013, was remixed by German DJ Robin Schulz – catapulting this version of the song up the charts in more than a few countries. It was a #1 in more than 10 European countries and a top ten in nearly all of them. It never charted in the U.S. on the Hot 100 (or even the dance chart). That said, it was one of the biggest European hits in the early part of 2014. It’s good for summer because it’s laid back and about waves (and the beach is a very summer thing).

Boy Tedson – “Kylie” – (2013)

Here’s a song that came out last summer that still carries enough freshness every time I hear it that it makes it to this summer. Boy Tedson is from Germany and, appropriately, they list their type of music as “chillout” – which is exactly what this song is. If you don’t like techno, you might still like this song. When I hear this I just picture being outside on a late, arm evening when the sun is about set, just relaxing and having fun.

Marc Anthony – “Vivir Mi Vida” – (2013)

This song is a Spanish cover of a French song. Both are super catchy, but I like the Spanish one better because Marc Anthony added a salsa element to it that the French one obviously lacked. This was a big hit, topping the charts in Colombia (I didn’t even know they had a chart) and doing quite well in Mexico and Spain. It also topped three Billboard charts: Hot Latin Songs, Latin Pop Songs, and Tropical Airplay. It also won the Latin Grammy for Record of the Year.

Tom Novy feat. Amadeas – “Dancing in the Sun” – (2013)

Well what’s better to do in the summer than dance in the sun? Nothing. Tom Novy (from Germany) is mostly behind the scenes today, producing for other artists. But this single from last year is kinda nice (high praise, right?).

Nora En Pure – “You Are My Pride” – (2014)

Nora En Pure is musician/band (as according to the official Facebook page. I’m not sure how you can be a singular musician and a band at the same time. Facebook had dozens of options for gender and they can’t separate these two?)… from Zurich, Switzerland. Folktronica is a strange new combination of folk music and electronica. This isn’t the best example and only hints at it with a little bit of harmonica. The song is nice and relaxing, though.

Shy FX feat. Liam Bailey – “Soon Come” – (2013)

Summer usually comes with a dose of warm weather (sorry, Southern Hemisphere-ers). And nothing says warm weather like music with a tropical tint. And reggae about defines tropical music when it comes to popular music. Shy FX is a London-born-and-based DJ that specializes in this type of music. Liam Bailey is an English vocalist that also specializes in this type of music. This song is perfect for any Songs of Summer list because it is “light reggae” and really nice.

Kris Menace feat. Black Hills – “Waiting for You” – (2013)

Kris Menace is the stage name of German DJ Christoph Hoeffel. This song is pure electronica, but the beats aren’t pounding. But it’s not quite a super-relaxed trance song either. The lyrics are soft and it sounds like it could’ve easily crossed over into the pop music realm. It didn’t, and it remains a pretty much unknown song among the masses. But it isn’t bad.

Michael Mind Project feat. Dante Thomas – “Feeling So Blue” – (2012)

Not everything here will be brand new. And despite the rather somber title, this song is a very upbeat update on Eiffel 65’s 1999 smash “Blue (Da Ba Dee).” It’s not a cover – it just samples the chorus. “Blue” was always a favorite of mine and one of the legendary songs of the Eurodance genre, so it’s no wonder I like this too. It was a top 40 hit in a few European countries but went mostly unnoticed in the U.S.

Bondax – “Giving It All” – (2013)

As you may notice (perhaps, annoyingly) during this rundown, I think relaxing electronic music like this is perfect for summer. This song came out in October of last year and is super smooth and is a great chill out song. And this was a super short post. Oh well.

Calvin Harris – “Summer” – (2014)

The general rule around here is “no featuring songs within the past five years.” That goes out the window when we do our “Songs for Summer.” And what’s a better way to kick off a multi-week list of songs that are perfect for the poolside and beach during this all-too-short summer, than with a song called, well, “Summer.” Calvin Harris is known primarily as a DJ, but he performs the vocals on this track as well. It was a #1 in a few European countries (debuting there in the U.K.) and peaked at #9 in the U.S.

Juvenile feat. Mannie Fresh & Lil Wayne – “Back That Thang Up” – (1998)

C’mon, you have to admit: that’s one of the work album covers you’ve ever seen. “Back That Thang Up” was the edited (and MTV-friendly) version of Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” (which we’ll feature at a later date). Notice that no matter what you are backing up, it is spelled incorrectly. This only made it to #15 on the Hot 100 (Juvenile would late have a #1) but this is definitely his signature song. This was actually a decent hit on TRL in 1999 and it marks an early appearance of Lil Wayne before he really got famous about five years later. His rap sort of marks the first major appearance of “drop it like it’s hot” – which I guess makes this a cultural landmark? Just kidding. Happy 4th of July.

The Doobie Brothers – “Real Love” – (1980)

This was one of the Doobie Brothers last big hits – reaching #5 on the Hot 100. It’s classic Michael McDonald vocals and classic soft rock. I love this sound from the Doobie Brothers – sort of late-70s/early-80s soft rock with a touch of synth and the definitive voice of this kind of music from McDonald.