I don’t know how I managed to sleep on DJ Ian Head’s monthly drops for so long, but I’m glad his Summer Sun mixtape finally woke me up. There’s a recurring quality in Ian’s mixtapes – he has that rare ability to string songs together seemingly effortlessly to capture a specific mood. The sequencing is pure genius. Every mix boasts boundless energy and concludes with a soothing outro. It’s as if the music is laying you down gently after an evening of wild club-hopping.
Ian’s latest, Summer Sun, includes the works of otherworldly sax genius Pharoah Sanders and musical mystic Donny Hathaway. As the title betrays, Summer Sun, is 33 minutes of warm-weather music. Ian didn’t provide a tracklist for this mix, but I’ve gone through the trouble of listing the songs (as many as I could ID anyway) here. Grab the download link right now. Make like Drake and thank me later.
Download: DJ Ian’s Summer Sun Mixtape
- Leroy Hutson – Cool Cut
- Pharoah Sanders – Astral Traveling
- Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Devika (Goddess)
- Donny Hathaway – Valdez in the Country
- Lonnie Liston Smith – Bridge Through Time
- Faze-O – Ridin’ High
- War – L.A. Sunshine
- Howard Roberts – Dirty Old Bossa Nova
- Quincy Jones – Summer in the City
- Cymande – For Baby Ooh
- Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness