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[MIX] TBE Presents: The Tropical Assault Summer Mix

Artwork by Jacob Youngblood Ziegler

If the TBE 2011 Summer Mega-Mix taught us anything its that summer isn’t over until we say it is! This Tropical Assault mix is our final battle against the forces of autumn, seemingly lurking at every turn these past months. We will not down with out a fight and thankfully there are 14 finely tuned weapons at our disposal, poised and ready to be unleashed on any ear feeling the slightest bit of frost. So throw back the curtains, turn up the speakers, bask in that fantastic artwork, and let’s take summer by it’s horns.

Whereas the Mega-Mix flowed through genres like a summer’s day’s variety of cocktails, this mix is a more hardened and focused thing, culling the collective forces of all things tropical. Whether it be steel drums, bongos, sunny synths, or just a splash of sea water, these songs share that certain tropical something that has been infecting my ears so much lately. Summer on! Read more

[MP3] RESTLESS PEOPLE DON’T know how to BACK DOWN from such rockingness

hold me up, hold me down, hold me back, hold me tight, hold me close, don’t let go this time

♫ Restless People – Don’t Back Down

Ok, so this one is a two-parter. First, there is this epic jam from Restless People that sounds like a reggaeton hit slowed to half speed and then shot into space on a cocktail umbrella. Just give in to the ass shaking and handclaps, you’ll be a better person for it. Restless People share 2 members with Tanlines and you can hear a bit of that tropical tinge soaking through. “Don’t Look Down” is off the Brooklyn group’s debut album (which also contains the great “Days Of Our Lives“) but I discovered the track on the latest installment of the Poule d’Or compilation series. Volume 5 dropped a few ago and it’s a massively solid affair. Featuring new tracks from the likes of Young Empires and Museum of Bellas Artes, it’s 20 tracks of bouncy, slushy, rustling, pop music that is perfect to drift along with.

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