The Best Beats Of Summer 2011

Hear More Than 150 Potential Dance Hits, Curated By XPN, KCRW and KEXP

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U.K. rapper Tinie Tempah (a.k.a. Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) at Coachella.

U.K. rapper Tinie Tempah (a.k.a. Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) at Coachella.

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Songs Featured In The Mix

  • 6th Borough Project, "Find a Way" (YouTube)
  • Adele, "Rumour Has It" (YouTube)
  • Adrianigual, "Me Gusta La Noche" (YouTube)
  • Aeroplane, "My Enemy (Green Velvet "Love My Emeny" Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Afrojack vs. Tocadisco, "Tequila Sunrise" (YouTube)
  • Alexander Technique and Junior Sanchez , "One Day They Love You" (YouTube)
  • Alfabet, "Waus Music" (YouTube)
  • Andrea Esu, "E.S.U. (Hannulelauri Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Antony Santos, "Vete (Uproot Andy Moombachata Mix)" (YouTube)
  • App, "All I Can Think About (Kasper Bjorke Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Art Department , "We Call Love (feat. Soul Clap & Osunlade)" (YouTube)
  • A-Trak, "Ray Ban Vision (feat. CyHi Da Prince)" (YouTube)
  • Bag Raiders, "Sunlight (Armand Van Helden Mix)" (YouTube)
  • Battles, "Dominican Fade"
  • The Beastie Boys, "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" (YouTube)
  • The Beastie Boys, "Nonstop Disco Powerpack" (YouTube)
  • Benoit & Sergio, "Everybody" (YouTube)
  • Beth Ditto, "I Wrote The Book" (YouTube)
  • Beyonce, "Countdown" (YouTube)
  • Bibio, "Lovers Carvings (Catz n Dogz Edit)" (YouTube)
  • Bicep, "Silk" (YouTube)
  • Bingo Players, "Cry (Just a Little) (Olav Basoski Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Bingo Players, "Get On the Move (Original Mix)" (YouTube)
  • Black Van, "Express" (YouTube)
  • Blawan, "Getting Me Down" (YouTube)
  • Blondes, "Pleasure" (Vimeo)
  • Borderline, "Stay" (YouTube)
  • Cairo, "Castle on the Moon" (YouTube)
  • Cassius, "I <3 U So (Skream's Made Zdar Feel Like He Was 20 Again Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Cee Lo Green, "Bright Lights, Bigger City (Tommie Sunshine and Gianni Marino Edit)" (YouTube)
  • Chilly Gonzales, "Knight Moves" (YouTube)
  • Chocolate Puma, "Tonco Tone" (YouTube)
  • Christopher Rau, "The Cool World" (YouTube)
  • Classix, "Into the Valley feat. Karl Dixon (Julio Bashmore Remix)" (YouTube)
  • The Cool Kids, "Swimsuits (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)" (YouTube)
  • Cosmic Kids, "Reginald's Groove" (YouTube)
  • The Countach, "Melvin Never Made It" (YouTube)
  • CSS, "Hits Me Like A Rock" (YouTube)
  • Cut Copy, "Corner Of The Sky" (YouTube)
  • Daedelus, "Penny Loafers (feat. Inara George)" (YouTube)
  • Danny Daze, "You're Everything (feat. Louisahhh!)" (YouTube)
  • Dead Boy, "Wish You Were Here" (YouTube)
  • Deadmau5, "Cthulhu Sleeps" (YouTube)
  • The Deadstock's 33's, "Calvary (Stopmakingme Remix)" (SoundCloud)
  • Death Cab for Cutie, "You Are a Tourist" (YouTube)
  • Deniz Kurtel, "The L Word (feat. Jada)" (YouTube)
  • Depeche Mode, "Never Let Me Down Again (Eric Prydz Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Diddy Dirty Money, "Coming Home feat. Tyler Grey (Dirty South Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Dillon Francis & Diplo, "Que Que (feat. Maluca)" (YouTube)
  • Dimitri From Stoke on Trent, "I Wanna Be Your Lobster" (SoundCloud)
  • Dominik Eulberg, "Teddy Tausendtod" (YouTube)
  • Drop the Lime, "Hot As Hell (Yolanda Be Cool Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Duff Disco, "Catch Me Out" (YouTube)
  • Efdemin, "There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Egyptrixx, "Bible Eyes" (YouTube)
  • Ellie Goulding, "Lights (Bassnectar Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Fantastic Man, "Groove With You (Andy Ash Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Florence and the Machine, "You've Got the Love (Mark Knight Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Ford & Lopatin, "Too Much Midi (Please Forgive Me)" (YouTube)
  • Foster the People, "Helena Beat" (YouTube)
  • Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks (The Knocks Speeding Bullet Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Francis Inferno Orchestra, "Horizon Beat (edit)" (YouTube)
  • Frederic Hecker, "Funk Star (Reboot Remix)" (YouTube)
  • French Fries & Bambounou, "Hugz" (YouTube)
  • Friendly Fires, "Live Those Days Tonight" (YouTube)
  • Funkagenda and Adam K, "Drift" (YouTube)
  • Gatto Fritto, "The Curse" (YouTube)
  • Gessaffelstein & the Hacker, "Crainte" (YouTube)
  • Gessaffelstein, "Opr" (YouTube)
  • Girl Talk, "This is the Remix" (YouTube)
  • Gunnar Bjerk, "Back Then" (YouTube)
  • Guti, " All the Girls" (YouTube)
  • Hardrive, "Deep Inside (Pearson Sound Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Harvard Bass, "Pruno" (YouTube)
  • Hercules and Love Affair, "My House" (YouTube)
  • Hey Champ, "Anything at All" (YouTube)
  • Highbloo, "Bro Code" (YouTube)
  • Hot Natured, "Forward Motion (feat. Ali Love)" (YouTube)
  • Huxley, "Devoted" (YouTube)
  • I, CED, "Don't Lay Low (Gap Revisited)"
  • Is Tropical, "The Greeks (Moonlight Matters Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Jacob Korn, "She" (YouTube)
  • Jean Claude Ades, "Vallee De Larmes (Pleasurekraft 'Sideshow' Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Jeremy Glenn, "New Life" (YouTube)
  • Jesper Ryom, "Nature Boy" (YouTube)
  • Joakim, "Forever Young" (YouTube)
  • John Legend, "Rolling In the Deep Cover (Jason Smith Blend)" (SoundCloud)
  • John Talabot, "Lover's Tradition" (YouTube)
  • John Tejada, "Unstable Condition" (YouTube)
  • Johnwaynes, "White Track" (YouTube)
  • The Joneses, "Summer Groove (The Revenge Reekin'struction)" (SoundCloud)
  • Joy O, "Sicko Cell" (YouTube)
  • Julio Bashmore, "Battle for Middle You" (YouTube)
  • Julio Bashmore, "Batty Knee Dance" (YouTube)
  • Julio Bashmore, "Grand National" (YouTube)
  • Julio Bashmore, "Ribble to Amazon" (YouTube)
  • Katy B, "Katy On a Mission" (YouTube)
  • Katy B, "Lights On (feat. Ms Dynamite)" (YouTube)
  • Kolombo, "Waiting For (Michael Mayer Mix)" (YouTube)
  • Lil' Wayne, "6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz) " (YouTube)
  • Linda Mirada, "Solo (Re-Work Sabore Bicoro)" (YouTube)
  • LMFAO, "Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennet & Goonrock) (Alesso Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Locussolus (DJ Harvey), "Tan Sedan" (SoundCloud)
  • Locussolus, "I Want It (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Lune, "Girls With Bangs (Tiesto Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Lykke Li, "Get Some" (YouTube)
  • Lykke Li, "I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Maceo Plex, "Falling" (YouTube)
  • Maher Daniel and Matthew Dekay, "Tauben" (YouTube)
  • Maluca, "Lola (Gina Danga)" (YouTube)
  • Marco Carola, "The Jingle" (YouTube)
  • Mark E, "Belvide Beat" (YouTube)
  • Mark E, "The Day" (YouTube)
  • Martin Pantino, "Make Love" (YouTube)
  • Martin Solveig Dragonette, "Hello (Original Mix)" (YouTube)
  • Matias Aguayo, "Ninos"
  • Matias Zundel, "Aero Tinku"
  • Maxime Dangles, "Good Job" (YouTube)
  • Maxime Dangles, "Showit" (YouTube)
  • Maya Jane Coles, "Focus Now" (YouTube)
  • Maya Jane Coles, "Play The Game" (YouTube)
  • Metronomy, "The Bay (Erol Alkan's Extended Rework)" (YouTube)
  • Michael Woods, "Front Line" (YouTube)
  • Michel Cleis, "Litoral" (YouTube)
  • The Model, "Still in My Heart (feat. My Favorite Robot) (Ivan Smagghe Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Mumbai Science, "Panas" (YouTube)
  • Munchi, "Mamajuana" (SoundCloud)
  • Munchi, "Sandungueo" (YouTube)
  • Murphy Jax, "Suburban Path" (SoundCloud)
  • N.A.S.A., "N.A.S.A. Music feat. Method Man, E40 and DJ Swamp (LA Riots Remix)" (YouTube)
  • The Naked and Famous, "Young Blood" (YouTube)
  • Nicone and Philip Bader, "Mama Simba" (YouTube)
  • Nite Jewel, "It Goes Through Your Head" (YouTube)
  • Nouveau Yorican, "Chiuso (Chocolate Puma Remix)" (YouTube)
  • NT89, "The Tunnel" (SoundCloud)
  • Oliver $, "Doin Ya Thang" (YouTube)
  • Orquesta, "Dona Sandra (ft. Zuzuka Poderosa)" (YouTube)
  • Ovamarz, "Now Yuh See Me, Now Yuh Don't" (YouTube)
  • Party Bros., "The Grind (Gavin Holland Remix)" (Soundcloud)
  • Paul Kalkbrenner, "Der Breuzen" (YouTube)
  • Peter and the Magician, "La Fiorentina"
  • Pional, "Where Eagles Dare" (YouTube)
  • Planningtorock, "Living It Out" (YouTube)
  • Poolside, "Do You Believe?" (YouTube)
  • Protect-U, "World Music" (SoundCloud)
  • Quintino and Apster, "Music Oh" (YouTube)
  • The Rapture, "How Deep is your Love" (YouTube)
  • Rita Indiana and Los Misterios, "Dulces Suenos" (YouTube)
  • Savage Skulls and Douster, "Bad Girl (Crookers Remix) – Douster Caliente Edit" (YouTube)
  • SBTRKT, "Wildfire (feat. Drake & Yukimi Nagano)" (YouTube)
  • Sean Miller and Daniel Dubb, "Sinnerman" (YouTube)
  • SebastiAn, "Embody" (YouTube)
  • SebastiAn, "Love In Motion (Feat. Mayer Hawthorne)" (YouTube)
  • Simian Mobile Disco, "Gizzard (Version 2)" (YouTube)
  • Siriusmo, "Dunkelrot" (YouTube)
  • Soul Clap, "Incoming B**** (Get Low)" (YouTube)
  • Star Slinger, "Gas" (YouTube)
  • Steve Angello, "Rave'n'Roll (Original Mix)" (YouTube)
  • Steve Starks, "Git Em" (SoundCloud)
  • Stromae, "Alors on Dance (This is Heartbreak's Remix)" (SoundCloud)
  • Superhumanoids, "Mirrors (Cosmic Kids Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Temper Trap, "Sweet Disposition (Axwell and Dirty South remix / Nadastrom Moombahton Edit)" (YouTube)
  • Tensnake, "Somethin About You (Jas Shaw Edit)" (YouTube)
  • Thomas Blondet, "112 Thomas Blondet – Like a G6 (Double A and Thomas Blondet's Moombahton Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Thundercat, "Daylight" (YouTube)
  • Tiger & Woods, "Don't Hesitate (feat. Em)" (YouTube)
  • Tiger & Woods, "Gin Nation" (YouTube)
  • Tiger & Woods, "Kissmetellme" (YouTube)
  • Tim Mason, "The Moment (Steve Angello Edit)" (YouTube)
  • Tinie Tempeh, "Pass Out" (YouTube)
  • Tinpong, "Jabberwock" (YouTube)
  • Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs, "Household Goods" (YouTube)
  • Toy Selectah , "Sonidero Compay (feat. DJ Blass) (Nadastrom Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Tube & Berger, "Free Tribe" (YouTube)
  • Virgo Four, "It's a Crime (Caribou Remix)" (YouTube)
  • Vybz Cartel, "Half On A Baby" (YouTube)
  • Vybz Kartel, "Summer Time" (YouTube)
  • Wiz Khalifa, "Roll Up" (YouTube)
  • Wolfram, "Hold My Breath" (YouTube)
  • The Wombats, "Techno Fan (Afrojack Remix)" (YouTube)
  • World Hood, "Mar y Monte" (Bandcamp)
  • Yes Wizard!, "Elephant & Castle (Duke Dumont Remix)" (YouTube)

Summer in the northern hemisphere officially arrived on June 21, and that means the debate has begun: What will be the dance hit of summer 2011?

We won't know for sure until August, but there's a good chance the answer lies in this installment of The Mix. KEXP, KCRW, XPN and NPR Music compiled more than 150 club and dance tracks, all of which were released after last September. We picked songs from across multiple genres — hip-hop, dancehall, pop, electro, disco, house, even indie rock — with just one stipulation: a beat you can dance to.

Enjoy the playlist — and if you think we missed a future classic, tell us in the comments section.

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