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From the Curators: Your Summer Soundtrack for 2013

Every time I hear “1st Of Tha Month” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, it takes me back to a 1996 family vacation in Florida. Even though it’s been years and my musical tastes have changed, I just can’t shake the feeling that song gives me. Music is known for its ability to transport you to a time and place; it’s likely that if you hear “summer anthems” from past years, you’ll be transported back to that time. It just wouldn’t be summer without a soundtrack.

What will be your soundtrack for Summer 2013? In an effort to unlock some themes for this summer, we’ll take a look at a few of this season’s anticipated releases. How might the “genetic” makeup of this year’s releases evolve your current playlists?

French electronic music duo Daft Punk released their single “Get Lucky” in April, and it was followed by the release of their album Random Access Memories. If you have a Daft Punk Pandora station, you’re likely hearing a steady mix of House music featuring other artists like Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner and Benny Benassi. Try creating a “Get Lucky” Daft Punk station to hear an entirely different mix of artists.  Daft Punk’s tribute to the late 70s era funk and disco will be reflected in the songs that play on your “Get Lucky” station.  For example, you may hear songs by disco classics like The Bee Gees, Ray Parker Jr., and Robin Thicke.

Kanye West‘s highly anticipated new album Yeezus features a bit of a departure for the rapper. His album steps away from straightforward hip-hop and borrows heavily from electronic, industrial and Chicago house music. His songs take on a dark and sonically experimental approach. Several high-profile collaborators, including singer-songwriter The-Dream and producers Daft Punk and Rick Rubin, contribute to the sound of Yeezus. You can expect to hear experimental hip-hop artists like Frank Ocean and Odd Future as well as electronic sounds from the likes of James Blake and Hudson Mohawke on your Kanye station this summer.

Indie folk band Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have a large fanbase since the release of their 2012 album, Home.  Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ Pandora station currently features big names in indie rock like The Shins, Grizzly Bear, and Band of Horses. The band is in the midst of an extensive U.S. tour and gearing up to release their self-titled album on July 23rd. The new album is expected to be more upbeat and sonically adventurous than their previous work. The album’s single, “This Life,” heavily references classic soul and gospel and utilizes a more dramatic vocal approach. If you’re tuned into your Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Pandora station, your summer soundtrack will likely include some sounds of vintage soul.

Whatever flavor of music you like, as both music and seasons change, Pandora is here to provide your updated summer soundtrack. Like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will forever remind me of summer 1996, we hope you find your soundtrack to summer 2013 on Pandora.