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Mix: Summer

It’s that time of the year again when the rays of the sun make everything feel like molten lava, including you. Summer is officially here. Well, the first day of the summer solstice is technically on June 20, but in Arizona, we set our own rules. Really, we do. For the next couple months, water is a godsend, swimsuits, shorts and tank tops are bare necessities, and chillin’ is mandatory.

Listen below to The Spec‘s picks for summertime sounds that pair well with sunshine and swimming pools…


Artist: Santigold | Song: L.E.S. Artistes

Artist: Natalie Imbruglia| Song: Torn
This was always on the radio and will forever remind me of summers spent swimming as a kid.

Artist: Fader | Song: Temper Trap

Artist: Kid Cudi | Song: Simple As

Artist: Shout Out Louds | Song: Normandie


Artist: Ty Segall | Song: Caesar

Artist: Toro y Moi | Song: Talamak

Artist: Dum Dum Girls | Song: He Gets Me High

Artist: Eddie the Wheel | Song: Nearsayerfive

Artist: Crocodiles | Song: Hearts of Love


Artist: Sam Cooke | Song: Summertime
The perfect warm evening lullaby. When I was a nanny, I had seasonal lullabies and this was the most requested song when the months got warm.

Artist: Cracker | Song: Big Dipper
This song will forever remind me of driving on the freeway at 11:50 P.M. in the hottest of desert months, just trying to get home by curfew.

Artist: The Vandals | Song: Summer Lovin’
This is a delightfully naughty summer song. Frank Zappa‘s daughter Moon Unit backs up the vocals.

Artist: The Ataris | Song: Boys of Summer
Heartbreak and heat. This song is best sung with all your car windows down.

Artist: Beach Boys | Song: Wouldn’t it be Nice
Nothing epitomizes summer like The Beach Boys. Anyone who has ever ached when having to part ways with someone they are sweet on understands this song.


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