Summer Mixtape Vol. II

August 11, 2009

It’s time for another mix tape. Here’s what we’re listening to:

Friendly Fires – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Lykke Li Cover)
Passion Pit featuring Ellie Goulding – Sleepyhead (Starsmith Remix)*
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Hysteric (acoustic)
Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able
Blue Roses – I Am Leaving
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks (featuring Kanye West)
Phoenix – Girlfriend
Bibio – Lover’s Carvings
Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi

*Just a great remix with radically altered vocals. Ellie Goulding (of no prior fame really) has a sharp and delicate voice that seems on the precipice of cracking. The ocean of synth is pretty much opposite the “organic” instrumentation of recently written-about “Let The Beat Build.” Without a doubt this is where pop music is moving [back?].


The extra credit…

By Someone Else
Hey I’m Kid Sister.

This is a mad foot-tapping-head-bobbing-hand-waving-summer song. Try to sit still without dancing to this chorus. Fall 2009 might turn into white-girl rapper season. The genre was introduced to me by Amanda Blank (whose debut was also just pushed back) but “Might Like You Better” just doesn’t do for me what “Right Hand HI” is doing. I’m not giving up on the former, there are some good remixes out there that make it more danceable, and RCRD LBL just released a new free track from I Love You. Also, just stumbled across a scathing review of Blank’s first single: 2/10 = ouch.

Here are my picks for freshest white rapper chick songs:

Kid Sister – Right Hand HI

Kid Sister – Pro Nails vs. Cool Feeling (Them Jeans Blend) [Video]

Amanda Blank – Make It Take It

Amanda Blank – Might Like Jeffer Better (Drus Mashup by Boys Noize)

Spank Rock – Bump (featuring Amanda Blank)

That last one is technically Spank Rock, but it features the DIRTIEST words I’ve ever heard a girl say.

Farting on Usher