Seasonal Timeline: Summer Sounds Mixtapes

September 22nd officially marks the end of summer 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere — and to celebrate the passing of time, we’ve decided to create a timeline to forever remember the songs currently trending on our site, as well as take a look back on the music that has colored and given life to our past summers, dating back to 2010.

September 22nd officially marks the end of summer 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere — and to celebrate the passing of time, we’ve decided to create a timeline to forever remember the songs currently trending on our site, as well as take a look back on the music that has colored and given life to our past summers, dating back to 2010. We would go even further, but that may be a task for later; Soundcloud playlist embeds are non-existent prior to that point. This is an ongoing article that will be updated annually.

Click on any available link for more in-depth articles on artists and their tracks. Happy easy listening.

2013 Summer Sounds Playlist

1. Major Lazer – “Get Free” (Vacationer Remix)
2. Tirzah – “Slow Jam”
3. Pure Bathing Culture – “Pendulum”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Evil Friends”
5. Swahili – “Vestal”
6. Royal Canoe – “Today We’re Believers”
7. Jon Hopkins – “Breathe This Air” feat. Purity Ring
8. Transitions – “Adjust”
9. Empress Of – “Tristeza”
10. Kisses – “The Hardest Part”
11. High Wolf – “707”
12. Boyfrndz – “Moving Parts”
13. Grumbling Fur – “Protogenesis”
14. CocoRosie – “Gravediggress”
15. Should We Run – “Dimensions In My Crown”
16. Blackfeet Braves – “Misery Loves Company”
17. The Reflections – “Disconnected” (Gardens & Villa Remix)
18. Bonobo – “Know You” (SuperVision Remix)
19. CFCF – “Jump Out Of The Train”
20. Demon Queen – “Bad Route”
21. DREAM KOALA – “Odyssey”
22. Shortcircles – “Tunnels”
23. Forest Swords – “The Weight Of Gold”
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2012 Summer Sounds Playlist

1. Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”
2. Taken By Trees – “Large”
3. Toro Y Moi – “Rose Quartz”
4. Fallulah – I Lay My Head (Shook Remix)
5. Psychic Twin – “Gonna Get Her”
6. Yeasayer – “Longevity”
7. Shintaro Sakamoto – “How To Live With A Phantom”
8. Gardens & Villa – “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
9. Polica – “Wandering Star”
10. Flying Lotus – “See Thru To U”
11. Peaking Lights – “LO HI”
12. Tame Impala – “Elephant”
13. Night Moves – “Headlights”
14. Stealing Sheep – “Shut Eye”
15. Menomena – “Heavy Is As Heavy Does”
16. Deep Time – “Clouds”
17. ANOTHER – “Helicopter” (Ambinate Remix)
18. How To Dress Well – Cold Nites (Koreless Remix)
19. Cat Power – “Cherokee” (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
20. Bryan Ellis – “SHE”
21. Nguzunguzu – “Smoke Alarm”
22. The Miracles Club – “The Wheel”


2011 Summer Sounds Playlist

1. Gardens & Villa – “Black Hills”
2. Nurses – “Fever Dreams”
3. Twin Sister – “Bad Street”
4. Chad VanGaalen – “Peace On The Rise”
5. Low – “Try To Sleep”
6. Little Wings – “Gold Teeth”
7. Mattress – “Eldorado”
8. My Disco – “Turn”
9. Swahili – “Soma”
10. Midday Veil – “Anthem”
##. Young Circles – “Summer Noose”
##. The Nocturnes – “The Road”
##. Summer Daze Psychedelic / Dub Mixtape
##. Colourful Environment Afrofunk Mixtape


2010 Summer Sounds Playlist

STREAM ENTIRE SET ON SOUNDCLOUD

WOMEN – “Eyesore”
Black Mountain – “Old Fangs”
Buke & Gass – “Your Face Left Before You”
Kyle Andrews – “You Always Make Me Smile”
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – “Iris: The Well”
Secret Colours – “Love”
The Budos Band – “Unbroken, Unshaven”
tUnE-yArDs – “Hatari”
Menomena – “Five Little Rooms”
Tallest Trees – “Alouette!”
Von Haze – “Looking Down”
Casiokids – “Finn Bikkjen!”
Blitzen Trapper – “Heaven And Earth”
Teenage Fanclub – “Baby Lee”

 

 

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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