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The Best Beats Of Summer 2011

U.K. rapper Tinie Tempah (a.k.a. Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) at Coachella.
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U.K. rapper Tinie Tempah (a.k.a. Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) at Coachella.

Summer in the northern hemisphere officially arrived on June 21, and that means the debate has begun: What will be the dance hit of summer 2011?

We won't know for sure until August, but there's a good chance the answer lies in this installment of The Mix. KEXP, KCRW, XPN and NPR Music compiled more than 150 club and dance tracks, all of which were released after last September. We picked songs from across multiple genres — hip-hop, dancehall, pop, electro, disco, house, even indie rock — with just one stipulation: a beat you can dance to.

Enjoy the playlist — and if you think we missed a future classic, tell us in the comments section.

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Sami Yenigun is the Executive Producer of NPR's All Things Considered and the Consider This podcast. Yenigun works with hosts, editors, and producers to plan and execute the editorial vision of NPR's flagship afternoon newsmagazine and evening podcast. He comes to this role after serving as a Supervising Editor on All Things Considered, where he helped launch Consider This and oversaw the growth of the newsmagazine on new platforms.
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