Summer Madness

summer_sampler.jpgSince Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of Summer, the SB Team decided to get together and offer up a mix of what we believe are some quintessential Summer jams. Featuring tracks by Jodeci, Janet Jackson, Kool and the Gang and more, these tunes will make you want to break out the grill and brew up some fresh sweet tea (or mix a Long Island). Tracklisting and purchase links after the bounce.

Janet Jackson "Island Life" (Damita Jo)
"I'd rather
lay up on an island being pampered and getting sloshed than frolicking
with a loved one. This joint sets the mood either way." -nOva

Cameo "Single Life" (Single Life)
song reminds me of jelly sandals, day-glo colors, and hot summer
afternoons. Plus, the bassline is one of the best ever set to music." -ill Mami

A Tribe Called Quest "Check the Rhime" (Low End Theory)
song came out in the summer of 1992 and forever evokes memories of hot
weather for me. The beat thumps and would be welcome at any block party
jam." -ill Mami

Soul II Soul "Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)" (Club Classics Vol. 1)
party song, especially the acapella version leading up Caron Wheeler
asking 'How do you want me?' Released in Summer of 1989. Always sets
into a frenzy whenever I hear it."  -ill Mami

"Summertime" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Homebase)
"No-brainer" -nOva

Jodeci "Get On Up" (The Show. The After Party. The Hotel)
is a cookout track, plain and simple. Funky and carefree and a welcome
departure from the other sexed-up tracks on the album." -nOva

Guy "Groove Me" (Guy)
the opening command to the funky, new jack instrumentation, this banger
by Guy is guaranteed to get people out on the backyard dance floor at
the family BBQ."  -Harlem

Eric B. & Rakim "Eric B. Is President" (Paid in Full)
I think of when I hear this song is summer block parties in Brooklyn.
I'm positive that if you go there now and press play on the tape deck,
you'll see a group of BK B-girls come out of nowhere doing the wop." -Harlem

Carl Thomas "Summer Rain" (Emotional)
"The title says it all." -Harlem

LL Cool J "Around The Way Girl" (Mama Said Knock You Out)
13-year-old Vivrant sashaying down the streets of Chilltown on a hot
summer day, sporting some fresh fingers waves and bamboo
least two pair." - Vivrant Thang
Roy Ayers "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" (Everybody Loves the Sunshine)
back fond memories of impromptu cookouts full of spades-playing,
ish-talking, liquor-dranking, and being told to stay out of grown folk
conversations." -Vivrant Thang

The Isley Brothers "Summer Breeze" (3+3)
Ronnie's vocals and Ernie's guitar work, Lord have mercy this song
makes me feel fine blowing through the jasmine in my mind." -Butta

Nocera "Summertime, Summertime" (Summertime, Summertime)
up in South Florida in the '80s, Freestyle was the ish and despite this
vocalist not being able to sing a lick this is one of my favorite songs
from the genre." -Butta

Shabba Ranks "Mr. Loverman" (Rough and Ready Volume 1)
"SHABBA!" -Butta

Kool & The Gang "Summer Madness" (Light of Worlds)
is the song that would fortify many Hip Hop and R&B tracks later
on, including DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's 'Summertime'. It's
relaxing, smooth, and sexy as hell." -nOva


8 Responses

  1. This is why I love this site. Butta your right Summertime Summertime was the song! O so many memories! Thanks for the artist, I didn't know who this song was by. It is now going on the ipod for summer 08. It may even make an appearance at a cookout!

  2. agreed! this is why i check this site out @ least 1 a day! great playlist!

  3. Amen on all these jonts.
    "Get On Up" might be an all-time BBQ classic.
    And Corina's cover of the Nocera joint wasn't bad either. Thanks for the reminder that I need to bring bass back into my sets.
    And now, something to share since I'm having trouble with deadlines. It's the Summertime Pool Party! Probably my fave album of '06.
    and I'm Lionel Richie and my jheri curl's on the ceiliiing!!

  4. No "Be Thankful" on Itunes?! *pouts*
    You're not trifling alone Stylus. One of mine got axed because I forgot the write-up. "Rock The Boat" by Baby Girl should have been added on GP though. *friendly side-eye*

  5. "Rock the Boat" ain't on itunes.

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    "Summertime" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince = Best Fresh Prince song ever.. CLASSIC
    Janet Jackson "Island Life" - Best R&B track by Scott Storch..we'll maybe Babyboy was a tad bit fresher..but what a vibe !
    Jodeci "Get On Up" I remember Devante saying he hated the song at first because it was too happy, but then he grew to love it.. Is Devante not one of the most genious producer/songwritters of our generation?.. F&ck drugs for taking over that mans life
    LL Cool J "Around The Way Girl" = Best LL female song the New Jack Swing-ish, Hip Hop production and the Hook !!!!!!!!! What a classic "Bamboo ear rings at least 2 pair"

  7. Thank you for posting this. Great tunes!
    Since my schedule has been so hectic and has prevented me from uploading all of my radio programs on time, I need to break out the SSR "Hot-n-Sticky" Vols. 1 & 2, and post them to the podcast for you listeners. They're summer songs, fa sho.
    Will let you know when they're up! 🙂