Battle Of The Summer-Themed Mixtapes: The Morning Benders Vs. Jens Lekman Vs. DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie


Here we have three artist-curated mixes to guide you through this apocalyptic heat: Given that DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” remains the almighty jam (it is too hot to even argue about this) (she turn around to see what you beepin’ at), Jeff’s gargantuan, nearly 50-track mix with Mick Boogie gets the edge (Ice Cube! Nu Shooz! Skee-Lo!), but Jens Lekman’s erudite A Summer in 3/4 Time (featuring “music and dialogue from Day of the Locust (1975)”) and the Morning Benders’ Say Mayday Mix are worthy contenders as well, the latter employing both the Avalanches and that sweet ballad Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters sing in The Jerk. Go with whichever one dissipates the humidity for you.