Slow music for a HOT day?
December 22, 2011 5:16 AM   Subscribe

Slow music for a HOT day?

Hi, I'm in the southern hemisphere and it's HOT. I want to make a mixtape for just staying very, very still and sweating. It will definitely feature Summer in the City by Quincy Jones and the Paris, Texas soundtrack by Ry Cooder. So what are your favorite slow songs for a hot day? Bonus if it's on Youtube so i can listen to it right away, it's too hot to hunt down music right now :-)
posted by Tom-B to Media & Arts (37 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
Summer Madness by Kool & the Gang is sort of the definitive got damn it's hot outside track.
posted by freq at 5:25 AM on December 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


Are You Going With Me?
posted by timsteil at 5:39 AM on December 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Sittin' on the Dock of The Bay by Otis Redding

Louis and Ella's Summertime

Stay from Dirty Dancing
posted by seriousmoonlight at 5:41 AM on December 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald)

anything by Cesaria Evora (RIP)

Mondo Bongo

i think jazz and hot days go very well.

or Mariam Makemba.
posted by anya32 at 5:46 AM on December 22, 2011


And if you want to go for more of a desert heat, then try Peter Gabriel's album Passion. Here's the first track.
posted by seriousmoonlight at 5:48 AM on December 22, 2011


Yeah that's the vibe I'm aiming for, "lizard on a stone by the side of the desert highway"
posted by Tom-B at 5:50 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Piggybackin' on anya32's suggestion: Summertime by Nina Simone.
posted by foxhat10 at 5:51 AM on December 22, 2011


Metronomy - We Broke Free
posted by minifigs at 5:55 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]




Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt
posted by Kronur at 6:09 AM on December 22, 2011


Zero 7 - Destiny
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 6:25 AM on December 22, 2011


Have a Good Time by Paul Simon.
posted by TinWhistle at 6:34 AM on December 22, 2011


Dazed and Confused - Led Zep, slow and sultry.
3030 the Instrumental - Deltron 3030 (DJ Kid Koala) Filthy slow sampling masterpiece.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:48 AM on December 22, 2011


Not on YouTube or I'd link it, but Tim Fite - The More You Do. 10:00 of slow music you can time your rocking chair to while you sip lemonade on the porch and watch the dust roll by.
posted by cashman at 7:16 AM on December 22, 2011




I'm going to recommend M83's new album in pretty much every music thread for the next year, I think.

Hurry Up, I'm Dreaming.
posted by empath at 7:37 AM on December 22, 2011


Got to go with Nortec Collective's Trip to Ensenada on this one.
posted by Rewind at 7:38 AM on December 22, 2011


"Summer in the City" by Regina Spektor (this is NOT the same song as the one you mentioned by Quincy Jones--just the same title).

"Soft Serve" by Soul Coughing
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:39 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


(post the track list when you're done? I always wish folks who ask about mixtapes would do this.)
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:41 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Elvis's "Can't Help Falling in Love" makes this list for me ever since I read this passage in Highways to a War.
posted by Jahaza at 7:44 AM on December 22, 2011


Calexico's No Doze

This is maybe better for a hot evening or night, but I also like Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues (as heard on the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack).
posted by castlebravo at 8:25 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's Summertime by the Flaming Lips.
posted by workerant at 8:34 AM on December 22, 2011


I immediately thought of "Big Log" by Robert Plant.
posted by mintcake! at 9:33 AM on December 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


The lazy melody of the verses of Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone always seemed like an audio depiction of how I felt on those blistering July days when it was just too darned hot to do anything but sit and be sluggish.
posted by Oriole Adams at 10:07 AM on December 22, 2011


The DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie Summertime Mixtapes 1 and 2
posted by misskaz at 10:31 AM on December 22, 2011


Super Ape - Lee Perry (really there's so much great Lee Perry that fits)
Consolacao - the Smokey and Miho cover
The Panties - Mos Def
Le Femme D'Argent - Air
Deep Blue Day - Brian Eno
posted by chrisulonic at 11:02 AM on December 22, 2011


I second castlebravo's Calexico suggestion and add pretty much all of their album Hot Rail. If I had to pick one track, I'd say El Picador. It's the first track on the album. Here are the rest in order:

Ballad of Cable Hogue
Ritual Road Map
Fade
Sonic Wind
Muleta
Midtown
Service & Repair
Drenched
16 Track Scratch
Tres Avisos
Hot Rail
posted by Fui Non Sum at 11:08 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Giant Sand is a great desert band--their Chore of Enchantment album was pretty damn great. Try Shiver.

Also, Willard Grant Conspiracy's Mojave album will suit your needs. Try Right on Time.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:18 AM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Not sure about a hot day, but for a hot night, you want the Cowboy Junkies' Trinity Session album, a cool fan and an ice-cold drink. I'm partial to Margaritas myself, ymmv.

Mining for Gold
Misguided Angel
Blue Moon Revisited
I Don't Get It (can't find this on yt, sorry)
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
To Love is to Bury
200 More Miles
Dreaming My Dreams with You
Working on a Building
Sweet Jane
Postcard Blues
Walkin' After Midnight

I don't smoke, but if I did, this is the album I would play while I took long slow drags on one cigarette after another.
posted by marsha56 at 3:34 PM on December 22, 2011


Wow, I've never heard that version of Summertime from Booker T and the MGs before. That is truly awesome.
posted by marsha56 at 3:41 PM on December 22, 2011


You make it easy - James Taylor
posted by kirst27 at 4:49 PM on December 22, 2011


Marsha: Right? Just listening to it makes your blood pressure drop.
posted by Mercaptan at 5:52 PM on December 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Groove Armada - At the River
posted by Hash at 6:08 PM on December 22, 2011


Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
posted by Hash at 6:24 PM on December 22, 2011


Easy Star All-Stars - Dub Side of the Moon.

Ok. I'll stop now
posted by Hash at 6:38 PM on December 22, 2011




Please post the playlist if you came up with one!
posted by cashman at 7:19 AM on January 9, 2012


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