Happy summer! Today’s post comes from Nelly Furtado, who has a knack for slipping in and out of the spotlight, but always ends up bringing us something fresh and exciting. This song isn’t new by any means (it’s actually from 2012), but I somehow missed it the first time around and only heard it for the first time this morning.

This video is just amazing, and I love how she positively showcased native culture. I read about it first on Native Appropriations (an excellent, excellent blog on the current state of representations of Native Americans in American popular culture) and had to check the song out. I’m glad that I did, and I think you’ll be too.

Nelly Furtado, “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)”, 2012.

THE GREEKS (Moonlight Matters Remix) / Is Tropical /

I’ve been on a real Moonlight Matters kick lately (just see my recent post on his Hercules & Love Affair remix), and boy, does it feel wonderful! In my book, this guy can do no wrong (I’m not even kidding). His version of “The Greeks” is an excellent case in point; the song’s uptempo and funky beginning just melts into fabulously spacious guitars. Those same instruments guide you right onto the dance floor (and keep you there right up to the final chords).

One day I’ll get around to listening to the original version of this song, but in the meantime, I am very content to keep this track on repeat.

LIES (Leopard Of Honour remix) / Is Tropical / Lies single

Today’s track is actually another good suggestion from Spotify. I’ve been listening to this remix for a few days straight, and once you hear the opening chords, you’ll understand. Summer is almost upon us, and this is one of those songs that make you feel like long nights, warm breezes and leisurely bicycle rides are just around the corner. 

Painted Eyes (Moonlight Matters Remix) / Hercules & Love Affair / Painted Eyes - EP

I came across this song recently while browsing through Spotify, and was immediately hooked. I love Moonlight Matters’ other remixes (notably that of Lana del Rey’s ‘Blue Jeans’), so I shouldn’t have been surprised that this was just so good. The handclaps and bass part really remind me of Justice’s first album, and the rest of it is just pure Hercules & Love Affair (also one of my favorites, but strangely, only when they’re remixed…). 

Put it on repeat and enjoy! 

Cooler Couleur (Junkie XL Remix) / Crookers (featuring Yelle) /

I’ve been listening to another version of this remix (a remix of a remix, how meta) for a few of years now, without really realizing that it wasn’t the original reworking. I knew that I didn’t really like the original version as much, so I thought the story ended there. Fast forward to tonight when I tried looking up this song on Spotify but found that the only version they had was this one. I assumed it was the same (too lazy to cross check with my iTunes), so you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I realized that it was both the same, yet… different.

Yelle continues to find ways to make me want to dance around my living room (well, along with the folks who make up Junkie XL).

Darken Her Horse / Austra / Jonny Puma's best of 2011

I was introduced to Austra last year by some friends who loved their “Beat and the Pulse”, which is a fantastic song full of pulsating synths and piercing vocals. I can say the same thing about this song, which coincidentally comes from the same album from 2011, Feel it Break. I’ve been listening to “Darken Her Horse” all day today, and the refrain gets me every time. It’s so terrifically hauntingly beautiful that it hurts.

Apparently, Jessie Ware performed at Popaganda this summer, but I somehow missed her. What a shame! I love this video mainly because of its beauty and simplicity. Side note: to an extent, her voice (and music) reminds me of Alicia Keys. Anyway, I would love to hear more of what she has to offer.

Jessie Ware, “Wildest Moments” (2012)

Escape! (from The Hours Solo Piano) / Philip Glass / The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol.I

I was just browsing through my music collection and stumbled across this song. I didn’t think that I owned anything by Philip Glass (and I certainly hadn’t seen the film The Hours when I acquired this in 2011), so I am quite curious about how it came to reside in my iTunes folder! But regardless, this is a beautiful piece by a wonderful and talented composer. 

Reflektor / Arcade Fire / Reflektor

I haven’t been the Arcade Fire’s biggest fan over the years (although their song “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” really captured my heart last summer), so I was beyond pleased when I heard this song a few weekends ago. A re-listen cemented it in my head as a great song. No, not just great, but soul-rocking and emotion-riveting. Yes, it’s that good, all seven-and-a-half minutes of it. 

Apparently this song came out in 2010. My only question is where was I and how did I manage to miss it?! Her new album is pretty good, but I think this song is actually her at her very best.

Janelle Monae, Tightrope (feat. Big Boi) 2010