July 12, 2010

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When he isn’t comprehensively chronicling abrasive pop at Agit Reader, Kevin Elliott maintains a Joey Votto tribute site at World of Wumme. 

Download Link: Maxi Single Summer Mix

The annual summer jam mix tape assemblage has become the rite of passage into these scalding and shimmering months ahead. This year it seems stress prevails — brown pelicans, world cup follies, ulcer-baseball, skin tight budget, sweat, sweat, sweat — so in the making of my Maxi Single Summer Mix I went to exhale, gathering together songs that extend with bonus beats and, for lack of a better term, chilled anti-ambition (a few blasters in place to keep it in the now). This is the summer to unwind, reset to zero, and keep hope alive (even if already dead). Please don’t see this as doom-speak, quite the contrary — it’s a quiet retreat, for lack of a better term, off the grid, away from screens and phones and deafening trends and nostalgic whims. All of that fodder remains, because it has to, but for now it can sit in the rear until September. Here’s to no shoes, horseshoes, fresh lime, and raw sugar.

Tracklist below the jump.

1. Peter Godwin – Images of Heaven
2. CEO – Illuminata
3. Wally Badarou – Chief Inspector
4. Golden Aces – Africa
5. Carly Simon – Why?
6. Sky Ferriera – One
7. Dominique Young Unique – Blaster
8. Everything But the Girl – Missing
9. Michael Francis – Survivor
10. New Edition – Once in a Lifetime Groove
11. Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off
12. The Alan Parsons Project – Don’t Answer Me

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