Cruel Summer 2011

Here’s the sequel to last year’s popular heartbreak of a mixtape, Cruel Summer. That one was worn, forlorn, and sexual, it was the soundtrack arc to your winter romance burning up and melting in the hot, hormonal sun. This year it’s just a party, really, soundtracked once again by some of the very best and most summery (free and legal) songs of the year. This 25 track tape is sequenced for feel and flow, grouped by sound and mood. There’s hardcore via Fucked Up and Iceage, hip hop via Drake, Heems, and Giggs. The dance floor gets worked via YACHT, Class Actress, and Elite Gymnastics, the beats get pitched for a future-rave via Pictureplane, and Pale Sketcher. There’s outright love for ladies via Hima (“WOMYN”) and Frank Ocean (“Songs For Women”). It’s declarative and assertive (“The Great Pan Is Dead”) and fully inspirational (“Believer”). It’s explicitly for the ladies (“WOMYN aka HITCH”; “Songs For Women”). The Wrens and Beige make it contemplative. And It all ends bittersweetly — because all endings are bittersweet — but in the hands of the Weeknd and J Mascis it’s optimistic also, for the way they close it, and for the way that you didn’t realize what strange but perfect bedfellows the Weeknd and J Mascis could be.

This mix is meant to be enjoyed in one continuous, uninterrupted stretch, but we have it broken into Volumes (i.e. zip files of individual MP3s) to make downloading more manageable. It’s Cruel Summer 2011:

Direct links:

Cruel Summer 2011 Vol. 1 (.zip, 97.4MB)
Cruel Summer 2011 Vol. 2 (.zip, 100.5MB)


Cruel Summer 2011: Vol. 1
01 YACHT – “Dystopia”
02 Class Actress – “Keep You”
03 John Maus – “Believer”
04 Toro Y Moi – “Still Sound”
05 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “How Can U Love Me”
06 Cold Cave – “The Great Pan Is Dead”
07 Fucked Up – “Queen Of Hearts”
08 Iceage – “Collapse”
09 Pictureplane – “Post Physical”
10 SBTRKT – “Wildfire [Feat. Little Dragon] (Drake Remix)”
11 Heems – “WOMYN aka HITCH (Demo?)”
12 Frank Ocean – “Songs For Women”
13 Elite Gymnastics – “WΛKΛ”

Cruel Summer 2011: Vol. 2
14 Pale Sketcher – “Seventh Heaven”
15 The Weeknd – “House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls”
16 Giggs – “Hard 3style”
17 Beige – “Folds”
18 Twin Sister – “Bad Street”
19 Purity Ring – “Loftcries”
20 Yuck – “Coconut Bible”
21 Washed Out – “Amor Fati”
22 Pure X – “Dry Ice”
23 The Wrens – “As I’ve Known”
24 The Weeknd – “The Morning”
25 J Mascis – “Is It Done”

Happy 4th, y’all. USA.

Comments (19)
  1. yeah but is there a Heems track on this??
    (also thanks!)

  2. i had an office party yesterday and used ‘cruel summer 2010′ as the playlist. it still feels nice and summery! looking forward to listening to this.

  3. Thank you!! I LOVE last year’s Cruel Summer mix, and cannot wait to check this one out.

  4. so great, as always. thanks guys!

  5. I don’t recall if I thanked you for 2010′s summer mix — the first half of that one was my 7-yr-old daughter’s favorite playlist ever, and made Cloud Nothing’s “DIdn’t You” my favorite song of 2010. Can’t wait for this one.

  6. Any chance of setting these up as a podcast? Makes putting it on at a party much much easier

  7. Thanks for the tunes! I appreciate it.

  8. Besides the free music being awesome, I personally enjoyed the fact that I have a new “sensual” genre in my iTunes.

  9. Really digging this new mix. I think you may have topped last years.

  10. This song’s got me dancing lately: Hit #7 in UK charts a week ago. Crazy-fun video too.

  11. what’s sad is, I have been waiting for this all year !

  12. awesome playlist again. i always look forward to these now. but my god has time flown!

  13. I’ve also been looking forward to this since last year. At this point, I can’t say I like it better but I do like it a lot. However, I have to say that the Giggs track is awful and really interrupted the flow for me. On a positive note, I hadn’t given Frank Ocean or the Weeknd a chance before because it didn’t sound like my thing but I love all their tracks. Also dug the Beige track. Never heard of them before.

  14. loving this mixxx

  15. Wow, I’ve been reading Stereogum for over a year, then. Weird thought.

  16. Wow. Fucked Up and Franck Ocean in the same mix. Beautiful!
    (Here is a summer mix only made with songs about the moon…

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