GTG Mixtape is a playlist put together by the GTG Staff for you, the fans. What we do is simple – we decide on a theme or title, have each staffer contribute a number of songs that they feel represent the title/theme the best, and mix it all together for your listening pleasure!
These aren’t meant to be professional mixes, but more as a gateway for listeners to enjoy music that they may or may not know. After all, we want to not only make an Asian music fan out of you, but reinforce your love for it.
So without further adieu, let’s get started!
This round’s GTG Mixtape: Kiss The Summer Goodbye
It’s been a hot and beautiful few months, but alas, here comes the time when we must Kiss The Summer Goodbye.
How did you spend your summer vacation? Did you go on some faraway adventure? Did you party up every night with the sexy ladies? Did you go for a dip in the pool, or even skinny dip in the ocean? Did you catch up on some video gaming or TV dramas? Did you do some soul searching at the beach?
After all the fun and craziness we experience every year, the summer must come to an end. With all your fun memories in mind, what music comes to mind that captures the essence of how your summer was spent?
Join us on another musical adventure with the GTG Mixtape, as we accompany your ears with this round’s megamix: Kiss the Summer Goodbye.
– The GTG Crew
00:13 – “Sore Dewa Mata Ashita” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation (Japan/rock/2012)
02:30 – “RPG” by School Food Punishment (Japan/Rock/2011)
04:56 – “Kahit Pa” by Hale (Philippines/Rock/2005)
06:40 – “Popcorn” by Shimokawa Mikuni (Pop,Rock/Japan/2003)
09:13 – “Gift” by Sakamoto Maaya (Japan/Pop/1997)
10:52 – “Egao” by Ikimonogakari (Japan/Pop,Rock/2013)
13:11 – “It’s Happy Line” by YUI (Japan/Soft Rock/2006)
15:08 – “Watashi ga Iru Yo” by Tomato Cube (Japan/Pop/2001)
17:25 – “Ikenai Taiyou” by Orange Range (Japan/Pop,Alternative Rock/2007)
19:17 – “Blue Bird” by Ikimonogakari (Japan/Pop,Rock/2008)
20:51 – “Memeshikute” by Golden Bomber (Japan/Rock/2009)
23:27 – “Bad Girl” by Bumkey feat. E.sens of Supreme Team (Korea/Hip-hop,Pop/2013)
26:02 – “Touch The Sky” by Matt Cab feat. Verbal (m-flo) (Japan/R&B/2012)
28:41 – “Passionate Goodbye” by PSY feat. Sung Si-kyung (Korea/Hip-hop/2012)
30:40 – “What’s Your Name?/Get Lucky (Mashup)” by 4minute & Daft Punk (Korea/Funk,Pop,Dance/2013)
32:31 – “Loving U” by SISTAR (Korea/Pop/2012)
34:37 – “Wonderland” by CREAM (Japan/Pop,R&B/2013)
36:59 – “Paradise” by T-Max (Korea/Pop/2009)
38:36 – “Hot Summer” by f(x) (Korea/Pop/2011)
41:05 – “I Like 2 Party” by Jay Park (Korea/Pop,Dance/2013)
43:06 – “Shock” by BEAST (Korea/Pop/2010)
45:07 – “Go GO Summer” by KARA (Japan/Pop/2011)
47:25 – “GO FOR IT!” by Nishino Kana (Japan/Pop/2012)
A few words from our contributing staffers
“Egao”, or “smile”, by Ikimonogakari was the theme to the summer 2013 Pokemon film, ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens. And as with previous Pokemon summer blockbusters, it is filled with a youthful energy and drive, and hopeful optimism for tomorrow.
Lastly, “It’s Happy Lin”e is the oft forgotten other song from YUI’s one and only cinematic outing – The Midnight Sun. Yet overshadowed as it is by the wonderful main theme “Goodbye Days”, it still manages to capture that heartfelt longing for the past and unspoken yearning for the future. Instilled with all the earnest naivete of youth, it offers a perfect melody to farewell the summer gone. So whatever might happen tomorrow, remember, you’ve had today… And that is more than enough.
While I’m on the dance floor, I gotta make moves right? I might even “Get Lucky”. This 4Minute / Daft Punk mash up is bound to take me into the right direction. Guaranteed, if I have right dance moves, ladies should be asking me for my name & number! Way better than hanging in chat rooms and asking A/S/L.
Finally, a lesson to be learned. My mom always told me, “Don’t meet the girl you love in a club. They might be a ‘Bad Girl’ who will probably make you cry.” Bumkey’s “Bad Girl” is an awesome jam that has so much swag, “Something we Asians got!” The song hits a spot for all the fellas dealt with a recent heartbreak.
Whether you’re singing in Hawaii with SISTAR’s “Loving U”, singing an addictive tune like that in “Hot Summer”, as f(x) did, or bringing summer to Japanland with KARA’s “Go Go Summer”, these tunes will always be associated with summer. We’ll miss you, summer!
But now, I guess, it’s time to say goodbye to past adventures, and build a new playlist to welcome the new ones.