As the new school year starts, you can’t help but look back on the highlights of your summer and which jams made it unforgettable.
We caught up with Californian five-piece Dirty Heads ahead of their huge North American autumn tour and the release of their sixth studio album Swim Team (out in October) to find out which tracks reminded them of an incredible summer vacation.
Known for their infectious blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop and pop, we were sure their list would deliver a diverse range of summer vibes that would keep us warm through the autumn, and they haven’t let us down!
Check out the tracks, selected by percussionist Jon Olazabal, below – and don’t forget to watch Dirty Heads’ latest video ‘Vacation’, featuring Dennis Haskins (a.k.a. Principal Belding from Saved By the Bell) here!
‘Summer Breeze’ – Jackie Mittoo
Jon says: I love a good cover song, nailed it.
‘Bambi’ – Jidenna
This one was our pre-show song for our last summer tour. Very rad song.
‘Love Me Or Die’ – C.W. Stoneking
Love starting my day to this song. A cup of coffee and this song in the morning. Even though the lyrics are a bit dark…
‘Grant Green’ – Mr. Jukes ft. Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley has such a great voice, really glad these two got together for this song.
‘Kate McCannon’ – Colter Wall
Amazing unique voice coupled with epic storytelling, sign me up. This whole album is so damn good.
‘Embraceable’- Jr. Thomas & the Volcanos
I could drink beers by the pool all day with this album on repeat. Great horn sections, great vocals!
‘How to Fly’ – Sticky Fingers
Solid solid summer jam.
‘A Sailboat in the Moonlight’ – Billie Holiday
Just got back from vacation in France and Billie was on full rotation. Listening to this song on a sailboat in the south of France made it very special.
‘Tennesee Whiskey’ – Chris Stapleton
Stapleton is one of the best song writers out there; this song is so damn good.
‘Medication’ – Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley
‘Medication’ is the best way to cure that end-of-summer hangover. Stephen Marley joins his brother with plenty of fire on this Ghetto Youths jam.
‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ – Blind Willie Johnson
There is a reason why Blind Willie’s song has been covered by so many great performers over the years. This blues staple, originally recorded in 1927, still resonates today.
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