Cool Off With These Summer Songs

July 3, 2012 12:00 AM

Cool Off With These Summer Songs

" Tomorrow is July 4th, which means barbecues, beer and fireworks, all in the name of America. In what has become an awesome annual tradition, today Mick Boogie and DJ Jazzy Jeff released the third installment in their Summertime mixtape series. Featuring, as always, Will Smith's "Summertime" as a jumping-off point, the tape runs through tracks from Nina Simone, Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, N.E.R.D., Stevie Wonder, and Maroon 5 (not as bad as you remember them to be, trust us). In honor of Boogie and Jazzy Jeff, we put together a little playlist of our own to chase the summertime blues away. Download the Summertime, Volume 3 here, and check our picks below.

AlunaGeorge: "Just A Touch" This British songstress meshes her best Aaliyah impression with the type of delicate, progressive future bass music typical of her home at Tri Angle records. It's a perfect conduit for that particular feeling of summer love.

Jay-Z f. Sean Paul: "What They Gonna Do?" We know it's crazy, but the best song on Jay-Z's completely not-bad Blueprint 2 double album was the one that featured Sean Paul "

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