Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wham, Jam, Thank You Ma'am

The first barbecue of the summer is right around the corner. And since your kabobs totally, err, kabombed last time around, you've been put in charge of tunes.

To help you get the party started, we asked some of our favorite local musicians to share their top summer songs. The result? A cool little playlist perfect for days of fun in the sun.

Lei Chic 1."July Flame," by Laura Veirs

Sabrina Velazquez, singer: "Taken all together, the song’s lyrics encapsulate everything about summer. It's perfect to listen to after a long day at the beach and it’s about summer love. And who doesn't like that?"

Lei Chic2. “Let’s Go Surfing,” by The Drums

Mike Pooley, vocalist and guitarist, Painted Highways: "This song makes me think of three blonde dudes who look like Johnny from Karate Kid excitedly jumping into a red convertible bug and zipping along the coastline—a perfect summer moment." 

Lei Chic3. “Baby I’m Yours,” by Breakbot feat. Irfane

DJ Eskae
, Nocturnal Sound Krew: "Summer love songs are my guilty pleasure and this Breakbot song is no exception. French disco house and declarations of love will definitely warm hearts and get dance floors hot."

Lei Chic
4. “Billionaire,”
by Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars

John Cruz, singer: "It’s got a classic summer vibe and it features local boy Peter Hernandez, a.k.a. Bruno Mars, on vocals."

Lei Chic5. “Fresh Air,” by Brother Ali

Kasi Nunes, lead vocalist, Kings of Spade: "Not only does this song remind you to appreciate the beauty in life, but it’s so funky and upbeat you can't not dance to it. "

Lei Chic
6. "King Cobra," by The Budos Band

Kitty Chow, dj and lead vocalist, Soul Revival Sound System: "This track is a juicy background for a lazy, hot, sultry day beside the pool. It will set the mood for you and that special someone."

Lei Chic
7. “Paradise Life Relaxin’," by Creed Chameleon feat. Geo and Bambu

Tassho Pearce, a.k.a. Emirc, MC: "Creed Chameleon and Seattle and L.A. heavyweights trade bars over this soulful track, produced by Osna. The title says it all. It's definitely a dope track to ride out to this summer."

Lei Chic8. "Love," by Erykah Badu

Ara Laylo, lead vocalist, Clones of the Queen: "When it's summer and hot in my house, I like to sit by the window, sip on a cool beverage and listen to grooves like this."

Lei Chic9. “Tiki,” by The Waitiki 7

Eric Lagrimas, drummer, Pimpbot: "Fresh and groovy, it’s classic exotica for modern listeners. The Waitiki 7 has roots in Hawai‘i, but is now based in Boston and performs at festivals all over the world."


Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in Permalink

Have Feedback? Suggestions? Email us!


Enter your email address

About Lei Chic

Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

To send us a comment:
To send us a story tip:
To request information:
For press inquiries:
To advertise with us:

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter