Hearts & Plugs, our friendly neighborhood record label, has done it again. Founder Dan McCurry carefully curated some of the label’s best summer jams in the Summer Essentials mixtape, single handedly eliminating the entire cities (or at least my) need to create a summer playlist of our own. The mixtape provides the ideal soundtrack for pretty much any summer activity you could imagine. Are you even a true Charlestonian if you don’t have this playing at your next beach day, pool party, road trip, or BBQ?
Summer Essentials features H&P favorites SUSTO, Brave Baby, Grace Joyner, E.T. Anderson, The High-Divers, Johnny Delaware, and Hermit’s Victory. The mixtape starts off with Brave Baby’s dream-pop vibes in “Plastic Skateboard”, transitions into Grace Joyner’s spacey yet empowering vocals with “Young Thing”, and is followed by a catchy SUSTO classic entitled “County Line”. If the first three tracks haven’t already drawn you in, the next eleven surely will. Somewhere between E.T. Anderson and Hermit’s Victory’s slow pseudo-psychedelic vocals, The High Diver’s upbeat melodies, and Johnny Delaware’s beautiful voice, you will surely get lost in the summertime sounds of Summer Essentials.
Every artist featured on the mixtape will be performing at the flamingo-filled music event of the year, The Hearts & Plugs Summer Shindig. The Summer Shindig is being held tomorrow, June 25th, at The Royal American. $20 a ticket is a small price to pay for six life-changing hours of music. The H&P Summer Shindig will start at 5:00pm and end at 11:00pm but will be be followed by an after party featuring music by local experimental electronic artist Infinitikiss.
Hearts & Plugs Summer Essentials is available to stream for free on Soundcloud and Spotify and free to download via Bandcamp and Noisetrade. Physical copies of Summer Essentials are being sold in both CD and Cassette forms.
Make sure to check out the CYR Snapchat, @cy_radio, tomorrow for complete coverage of the Shindig by our own DJ Brantley of Folkin’ Around!