Ah. Do you hear that peaceful quiet in the air, thREADERS? Do you feel that light breeze even as the hot sun is bearing down upon your neck? Well, you do if you’re in the Great State of Texas, anyway.
We’re officially on the edge of the start of summer, y’all. For some of you, you’re recently graduated and walking fresh off of a campus that left you with many memories, some beautiful, some brutal. Some of you will be heading off to more school, while others will either start new professions or pull your sleeves up as you prepare to dive into the job market. Some of you will be recently emancipated from or ex-ed out of a relationship. Some of you might be taking classes over the summer or simply working to stack up a little something before the fall semester starts. And some of you will be fighting to keep up with the rush of summer blockbuster movies coming out while not killing your bank accounts – or your sanity after back-to-back weeks of midnight showings – in the process. Whatever you have next on deck, one thing’s for certain – you’re in for a long summer. And what’s the best way to get through a long summer? Good drinks, good company, and most importantly, good music.
I know it seems like everybody these days has a “mixtape” for something, especially if you’re in college (there are mixtapes, it seems, for the stepshows, the pageants, the parties and the after-parties). But we here at The Thread Blog are all about quality and this playlist is no different. The Prelude to a Long Summer (PLS) playlist is 26 tracks deep and filled with some of the best releases of this year, including a few from artists you may have been sleeping on. If it were up to me, the PLS playlist definitely would have had 30 songs on it (it hurt not being able to put this song on there – do NOT sleep on Gerald Walker), but that would have beendoingthemost.org/youainttrynahearallthat.html. The PLS playlist is split up into 5 “Acts,” if you will, each reflective of a particular period or phase that people go through during the summer. Just below, you’ll find a breakdown of the Acts and the songs that make up each. It’s my hope that you’ll enjoy these great listens in the car, in your hotel room, while studying, wherever whenever.
Without further ado, The Prelude to a Long Summer Playlist.
First Act – The Prelude: Odes to post-graduation goodbyes, leaving the old job for a new one, and pre-summer breakups
1. The Moon and The Sky (Remix) – Sade featuring Jay-Z 2. Goodbye – Dom Kennedy 3. Return of Simba – J. Cole
Second Act – The Party: Having firmly left a few things and people in the past, it’s time to celebrate the present. For getting live and getting loose.
Act Four – Late Nights and Drunken Sights: Self-explanatory. For when you’re most “on it.”
17. Still A Knucklehead – Pac Div 18. Out Da Club – Dallas Blocker 19. Booty Wurk – T-Pain 20. You Da Shit (Show ‘Em What You Got) – Lil’ Wayne 21. I’m On One – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne
Act Five – The Wind-Down: As the summer comes to a close, things slow down and become a bit effortless; in this final act, the playlist becomes as equally laid-back.
22. The Knowing – The Weeknd 23. Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers 24. Swim Good – Frank Ocean 25. Higher – Jhene Aiko 26. Be With You – David Banner featuring Ludacris, Marsha Ambrosius
Download Prelude to A Long Summer here.