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
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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