I've been in a bass-heavy dance mood recently, this playlist definitely reflects that. Have a good summer, and Happy Birthday, America.
SeeSaw - Jamie xx (feat. Romy)
This month's playlist starts for the second month in a row with Jamie xx. In Colour is one my favorite albums of the year so far. Its got the extremely chill vibes and vocals from his bandmate of The xx. The Album, which released about a month ago, is full of unique good-vibe inducing tracks and is worth many full listens.
Landslide - Oh Wonder
The playlist's second spot is also filled by the same artist as last month, the English duo, Oh Wonder. This track adds to the growing list that will be included in their album to be released in September. Check it out, and their other tracks for free on their Soundcloud.
Let It Go - James Bay
Another spot, another returning artist. This single from English singer/songwriter, James Bay is the latest pulled from his debut LP, Chaos And The Calm. I swear, we will pick up from here, but his vocals draw me in too much to skip. If you like singer/songwriters, check out this album, I think he has quite a future.
Unsteady - X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors are where Alternative rock is right now, an interesting combination of vocally-driven tracks coupled with Alternative chart toppers that are great. I was first introduced to them a while back by my, now defunct, local Alt Rock station with a track from their debut EP called Unconsolable (not a typo). They then had a huge track with Jay Z and Jamie N Commons called Jungle followed up by another EP track, Renegades. Their debut full-length album, VHS, was just released and is worth your attention.
Eyes Shut - Years & Years
My favorite group at the moment, as everyone should know, has released so many singles that by the time the album releases on the tenth of this month I will have already heard more than half of the tracks, I'm not mad about it. This track is one of their songs from before they signed with Polydor that has been re-produced for the upcoming album, Communion, that I already know will be one of my top-played of the year.
Freedom - Pharrell Williams
This is track is going to be HUGE. I was exposed to this 2 and a half minute pre-manufactured pop hit on Apple Music's new radio station Beats 1. Beats 1 is an interesting experiment for Apple, do people still want DJs? I know I do, I love the man heading up the station, Zane Lowe, and hope that Beats 1 can establish itself as a global force in the same way that Apple Music itself is sure to.
Come And Get It - John Newman
New music from John Newman? Yep, this track is just what we have come to expect from him, massive-sounding, repetitive tracks, with prominent brass instruments that will saturate the British airwaves in short order. Check out this track from John Newman as well as his last album that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Powerful - Major Lazer (feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley)
We are going to start upping the pace and the mood, this track from Major Lazer features vocals from my favorite, Ellie Goulding and Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley. This song is a great summer track that I suggest you listen to a few times. I hope we can hear more from Ellie about her forthcoming third studio album soon, I've been ready for ages.
The Giver (Reprise) - Duke Dumont
Duke Dumont makes bangers. This update version of The Giver, which was initially released in 2012, will be included in his debut LP due to be released later this year. It will be a joy to listen to when it gets here, but this single will have to tide you over until then.
Stole The Show - Kygo
Kygo is a 23 year old Norwegian producer who has established himself as a god of deep-house remixes. This is his second all-original single that will most-likely be included in an LP someday. If you haven't heard Kygo's remixes, you are missing out. Some of my favorites include the extremely popular remix of Martin Gaye's Sexual Healing and a remix of a cover that Ellie Goulding did.
Holding On - Disclosure (feat. Gregory Porter)
Disclosure is back with the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, Caracal, due to be released later this year. This track, featuring vocals from Gregory Porter is undeniably Disclosure, and I can't wait to hear more of this soon. Crank the volume for the rest of the playlist, your ears should be bleeding by the end.
Secrets - Tiësto (feat. KSHMR & Vassy)
This track is fucking massive, the drop makes me sick. Secrets is pulled from the King of EDM's album, Club Life, Vol 4. - New York City. Tiësto makes massive tracks for massive raves and this track just reiterates how amazing he is at his craft. Seriously, it needs to be LOUD.
Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
The Weeknd sang this song on-stage at WWDC for the launch of Apple Music. His vocals are so great both recorded and live. The Toronto native has been on some big tracks recently, this beautiful-sounding song that personifies drug addiction is the lead from his second studio album, In The Night, due later this year.
You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix) - AlunaGeorge
Onto a remix of a track that I was quite fond of when it was first released a couple of years ago. The original, by electronic English duo AlunaGeorge, was great when it was first released and has now been remixed for the Dance charts with the french DJ Snake. I think you'll like it.
Rumor Mill - Rudimental (feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard)
Rounding out the playlist again this month is another Drum and Bass banger from Rudimental. This new track is another single from their upcoming project, We the Generation that will be released in September. This single debuted on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show a couple of weeks back and is sure to gain momentum, you can get on this one early.
Those are my picks for July, what are you listening to?
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