Mix Tape Monday: Summer Lovin’

We all need a little sunshine.

Bomba Estereo -‘Mar. This song is pretty much made of gentle waves of sunshine and appropriate for any situation….naps in hammocks, swinging on swings, dancing down cobblestone streets, splashing at the beach…the applications are endless!

The Solutions – Love You Dear. What’s summer without a feel good pop-rock anthem? Nothing I say nothing (darn you music industry crafting my seasonal music cravings). Anyway! the video is going to make you want to run around Seoul spreading summertime sweetness with your band. (Or is that just me? I gotta find a band quick!)

Yuna – Recue. Wonderful, Malaysian artist Yuna is part musician and part motivational speaker. Her song is a summery pep-talk. The sun is out and we all got life in our veins and we are ok!

Indochine – Alice & June. We had our Korean pop-rock anthem now its time for some throwback upbeat French punk. That’s right, for all you extreme athletes out there this song delivers some serious octane (just look at how fast everyone is running!).

G-Dragon and TOP (feat Park Bom) – Oh Yeah. As Sandy and Danny will tell you all summer days turn into summer nights (that demand appropriate musical accompaniment) and these Korean BFFs of Big Bang fame are the ones to transition you from day to night.

Be sure to check out the videos in continual playlist format here! Also, tell me what your international summer anthems are below!


Mix Tape Monday: International Cover Songs

One of the beautiful things about music (and art in general) is how it evolves and is reinterpreted through different artists. Check out these awesome song covers and see how they are transformed!


Ben L’Oncle Soul – Seven Nation Army (covering The White Stripes). I am hard pressed to choose which version of Seven Nation Army I like better. When I listened to this soul version by French artist Ben L’Oncle Soul I almost forgot what the original sounded like.

Hozier – Sweet Thing (covering Van Morrison). Hozier I love you. There was a week where I listened to this song everyday when I got home. I may have even sung it to myself on my walk home (so Bostonians that girl singing to herself in Cambridge…that’s me).

G-Dragon – This Love (covering Maroon 5). This list would not be complete without Korean star G-Dragon! This Love takes a surprisingly smooth transition into a Korean rap. That’s right I said Korean rap. Check it out!

Piano Guys and Alex Boye – Peponi (cover of Coldplay’s Paradise). Behold, two covers for the price of one! This is both an instrumental cover AND a translation of Coldplay’s Paradise by internet sensation the Piano Guys and Alex Boye. Alex sings in English, Yoruba, and Swahili in addition to his own version of scat. All this combined makes a pretty epic cover song.

Coeur de Pirate – Ain’t No Sunshine (covering Bill Withers). It’s hard to beat Bill Withers’ original but French singer Coeur de Pirate brings a whole new haunting and tragic element to this classic song.

Which do you prefer the covers or the originals? Any good international covers I missed? Add them below.