Here are a few of my secret summer records. These artists’ releases come fully tested and highly recommended.
Best Summer Soul – Tried and True -James Brown – James Brown’s Funky People Volume 1
On this rare collection The Godfather of Soul plays lesser-known funk songs that are as strong as his legendary rhythm machine. Joined by soul veterans Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and singer Lyn Collins, this record doesn’t give up until the last song goes quiet. And neither will you.
Best Summer Soul – New – Allen Stone – Allen Stone
This Seattle singer’s voice reminds me of Al Green at times. His drive and horns bring back Otis Redding. Every song is good on his first full-length soul album.
Best Summer Indie Rock – New – Jack White – Blunderbuss
If you hear someone this summer say that new rock and roll has no merit, hit them with (the volume from) this brilliant new rock release. Jack White’s work with bands: The White Stripes, Dead Weather and The Raconteurs left us wondering how he could top it. And he has.
For your own copy of Jack White’s new album click here.
Best Summer Indie Rock – Tried and true – Pixies – Surfer Rosa
Feedback meets surf rock in this alternative rock classic from one of the world’s greatest geek bands.
Electronic Dance – New – Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Swedish group Little Dragon bring warm dance songs with a sophisticated, modern twist.
Download your copy on Little Dragon’s record here.
Electronic Dance – Tried and True – Goldfrapp – Supernature
This sexy club record from Bath, England group Goldfrapp beats out the band’s other releases, and is at the top of any modern summer playlist.
For a full list of all my favorite releases check out my Record Collection.
Stay tuned to Michele Myers Saturdays 3-6pm on KEXP 90.3FM in Seattle – kexp.org. Music historian, documentary producer and DJ – Michele has produced over 200 radio stories on musical subjects for KEXP Documentaries and written scripts, lesson plans and features for Experience Music Project, University of Washington and NPR.