Express Yourself – Summer Mix 2010

by Brian on June 28, 2010 filed in D.I.A. Mixes

Finally got around to doing a Summer mix, inspired by the Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band track “Express Yourself.” Here, it’s covered by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires to great summer effect, setting the tone for the entire mix. A pretty diverse collection of warm summer vibes – something you can enjoy at a BBQ or picnic, or on your stoop sipping sangria. Some longtime summertime favorites of mine here, like Cymande’s “Bra” or Wilson Simonal’s “Nem Vem que Nao Tem,” as well as some recent discoveries. Hopefully everything meshes well together despite the eclectic selection. Enjoy and have a great summer.

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Express Yourself Track Listing:
01. Jorge Ben – Hermes Trismegisto Escreveu
from Africa Brazil
, 1976
02. Orchestre Poly Rythmo – Assibavi
from Volume ONE “The Vodoun Effect,” 2009
03. Blo – It’s Gonna Be a Good Day
from Phase 2, 1974
04. Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
from Truth & Rights, 1979
05. Who Can Get Busy Like This Man – Brand Nubian
from One For All, 1990
06. Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
from One, Two, 1982
07. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Express Yourself
from Reggay Splashdown!, 197?
08. Wilson Simonal – Nem Vem que Nao Tem
from Alegria Algeria!!! Vol. 1, 1967
09. Marcos Valle – Mem Paleto Mem Gravata
from Previsao Do Tempo, 1973
10. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – All the Places
from The Main Ingredient, 1994
11. Marvin Holmes – Find Yourself
from “Find Yourself b/w Part 2″, 197?
12. Leo’s Sunshipp – Give Me the Sunshine
from We Need Each Other
, 1978
13. Rosinha Da Valenca – Summertime
from Um Violao Em Primeiro Plano, 1971
14. Love – Hummingbirds
from Forever Changes (Collector’s Edition), 1967/2008
15. Happy End – It’s Summer
from Kazemachi Roman, 1971
16. Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23
from Inspiration Information, 1974
17. Main Ingredient – Summer Breeze
from Euphrates River, 1974
18. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – For What It’s Worth
from Stillness, 1971
19. Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine
from Everybody Loves the Sunshine, 1976
20. McNeal & Niles – Summertime
from Thrust, 1979
21. Cymande – Bra
from Cymande, 1972
22. Stevie Wonder – All I Do (U-Tern Remix)
from Digital Release, 2007
23. Rye Rye – Shake it to the Ground (Arthur King Remix)
from Digital Release 2008

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

PageOne June 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

I’m loving the mix. A good 1/3rd of your selections are summer staples for me. There are some nice versions that you’ve introduced me to.

What collection is the (Love) “Hummingbirds” instrumental from? It’s even more beautiful that way.

I just wrapped-up a summer (rocksteady) compilation. Have at it if you are so inclined:

Thank you sir!

Tom… phono13 from the strut

wes June 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

nice mix, as always. perfect summertime vibes.

Brian June 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

“Hummingbirds”is actually on the collector’s edition of Forever Changes. Sorry, should have noted that.

Thanks for the mix. I don’t know a whole lot about reggae so it’s a nice listen.

alejandro June 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Very nice selection, there’s a lot of great stuff I had never jeard and some favorite staples. Thank you!!

Cloudnein July 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Nice selection, great mix and a great cover to boot. Out of interest what font is that title done in, I realllly like it!

Brian July 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Thanks. That type I actually drew myself. Glad you liked it.

Cloudnein July 1, 2010 at 10:43 pm

It suits the cover well, looks sort of reminiscent of Mochilla’s Brasilintime cover… which looked ace!

Adam July 2, 2010 at 1:01 am


This mix is sooooo ill, homie.

Peace from Colombia!


Brian July 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Thanks Adam. Damn, didn’t know you were in Colombia. Hope you’re picking up some heat.

Anonymous August 23, 2010 at 8:46 am

Alot of the zip files seemed broken/archieve issues.. Musically tho’ very good selection..

Brian August 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Yeah, I need to go back and fix the ones that are broken. Sorry about that.

Chris September 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I’m having trouble downloading the zipped file…anyone else? I sure would like it to have this collection on my ipod.

Brian September 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm

What’s the problem exactly? I just tried and the link seemed fine.

Julie September 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

LOVE this MIX!

My co-workers think I’m going crazy — grooving in me chair.

Brian September 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

This is probably my favorite mix that I’ve done. Glad people are digging it.

Eilon July 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

Exactly what you claim it to be!! FUN FUN FUN!!

Thanks Brian for excellent mix tapes!!

Brian July 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Glad you like them E. Thanks for Dust & Grooves!

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