SituPlaylist: Poolside

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Glass Duffle’s own Wes R. Kasik spins for the masses during Palmer Fest 2013 in Athens, Ohio

Last weekend, I found myself in a body of water for the first time since the last time I was in a body of water.

This absolute epicness was probably a year in the making. If you wanna get down to the nitty gritty, my inaugural dip into h20 was flawlessly multitasked– treading water whilst urinating in the world-renowned tides of Lake Erie. My apologies to all the perch that were harmed, but I already had, like, 2 Michelob Ultra’s in me at that point.  Before my liberation into the wet abyss, I was posted up on boat like Andy Samberg and those guys talk about. I had some markedly better music, however, which brings us to this edition of SituPlaylist: Poolside.

Let me also preface this post with a humbling admittance: I am not a DJ. Ask Wes. I know minimal shit about the art of spinnin’. All I have are my two rapidly deteriorating eardrums and the subjectivity to which I think things sound lovely. If you don’t have the skillset, like me, or the luxury of a disc jockey in your vicinity, the goal of this mix is to be able to perform that duty for you– those boozy, loungin’ days next to the pool in the summer ahead. Hit “Shuffle Play” and enjoy your heavenly day frolicking in the sun, on a noodle, in the water, drinking, napping, dancing, laughing, and whatever other positive vibes that the aura of some water and some beats conjure.

On the playlist, you’ll find a diversified intertwining of some of my favorite summer genres: house (Disclosure, Bodhi, Amtrac, Star Slinger, ZHU, Lokiboi) nu-disco (Viceroy, Darius, Goldroom), funk grooves (Kartell, Karma Kid, Louis La Roche) garage (Julio Bashmore, Maribou State, Artful Dodger) chillwave (Toro y Moi, Brothertiger)…and all of their offsprings of subgenres. There are many more not in the aforementioned list that will no doubt enhance your time wigglin’ in the shallow end as well. A close friend of mine recently went to the creme de la creme of poolside parties–Vegas– and threw on this mix; by his accounts, it passed the beta stage testing. I hope it does for you, too!

**Update: As of 7/17/2015, this playlist has produced a similar spin off with a more dance-ready vibe, found here.

Author: Nick Battaglia

Nick is a human being who spends an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what he should be doing, instead of just doing; he hopes to change that in his new venture with Glass Duffle. Proud alumnus of Ohio University in 2011, Nick is currently situated in Columbus, 77.5 miles northwest of his beloved alma mater, according to Google Maps.

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