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Stereogum Presents Cruel Summer 2011

Stereogum has blessed us with another fantastic summer mix: Cruel Summer 2011. Here’s how they describe it:

Here’s the sequel to last year’s popular heartbreak of a mixtape, Cruel Summer. That one was worn, forlorn, and sexual, it was the soundtrack arc to your winter romance burning up and melting in the hot, hormonal sun. This year it’s just a party, really, soundtracked once again by some of the very best and most summery (free and legal) songs of the year. This 25 track tape is sequenced for feel and flow, grouped by sound and mood. There’s hardcore via Fucked Up and Iceage, hip hop via Drake, Heems, and Giggs. The dance floor gets worked via YACHT, Class Actress, and Elite Gymnastics, the beats get pitched for a future-rave via Pictureplane, and Pale Sketcher. There’s outright love for ladies via Hima (“WOMYN”) and Frank Ocean (“Songs For Women”). It’s declarative and assertive (“The Great Pan Is Dead”) and fully inspirational (“Believer”). It’s explicitly for the ladies (“WOMYN aka HITCH”; “Songs For Women”). The Wrens and Beige make it contemplative. And It all ends bittersweetly — because all endings are bittersweet — but in the hands of the Weeknd and J Mascis it’s optimistic also, for the way they close it, and for the way that you didn’t realize what strange but perfect bedfellows the Weeknd and J Mascis could be.

Tracklists:
Cruel Summer 2011: Vol. 1
01 YACHT – “Dystopia
02 Class Actress – “Keep You”
03 John Maus – “Believer
04 Toro Y Moi – “Still Sound
05 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “How Can U Love Me”
06 Cold Cave – “The Great Pan Is Dead”
07 Fucked Up – “Queen Of Hearts
08 Iceage – “Collapse
09 Pictureplane – “Post Physical”
10 SBTRKT – “Wildfire [Feat. Little Dragon] (Drake Remix)”
11 Heems – “WOMYN aka HITCH (Demo?)”
12 Frank Ocean – “Songs For Women”
13 Elite Gymnastics – “WΛKΛ”

Cruel Summer 2011: Vol. 2
14 Pale Sketcher – “Seventh Heaven”
15 The Weeknd – “House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls”
16 Giggs – “Hard 3style”
17 Beige – “Folds”
18 Twin Sister – “Bad Street”
19 Purity Ring – “Loftcries”
20 Yuck – “Coconut Bible”
21 Hooray For Earth – “True Loves
22 Washed Out – “Amor Fati”
23 The Wrens – “As I’ve Known”
24 The Weeknd – “The Morning”
25 J Mascis – “Is It Done

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