Summer is finally upon us, now its time for some music to go along with it this June. Check out this playlist and let me know what you think.
Loud Places - Jamie xx (feat. Romy)
Jamie xx is one of the musical masterminds behind the amazing English indiepop band, The xx. He has been performing both alone and with The xx for more than a decade, however The xx's last album, Coexist, was released in 2012, and we haven't gotten much from them recently. Luckily, we have been getting singles from a debut album coming soon from Jamie. This track is one of the best featuring vocals from Romy Madley Croft, the lead vocalist in The xx. Check out this track and the sure-to-be amazing album coming soon.
Lose It - Oh Wonder
There isn't much information out there about this duo from London that is writing, recording, and releasing one amazing track every month for a year, culminating in a debut album to be released in September. Currently, there are nine fantastic tracks released on Rdio, or for free on their Soundcloud. This song is my favorite; I can only hope they stay together for longer than just a year.
Future People - Alabama Shakes
Future People is another fantastic single from Alabama Shake's second studio album Sound & Color. Seriously, if you didn't listen last month, you better this month. Brittany Howard's vocals are massive and deeply moving.
Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine
Another single from Florence, another time I'm featuring it. Florence + The Machine's new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was just released on May 29th, and is unsurprisingly fantastic. Her voice, even more so than Brittany Howard's, is just HUGE. Crank this song and feel it in your chest.
Did You Hear the Rain? - George Ezra
Rounding out the massive vocalists is another track from the young George Ezra. If you haven't seen a picture of him, listen to this song and picture what you think he looks like, then Google him, I'll wait. Yeah, you weren't expecting that were you? If he can continue producing music like his great debut album, Wanted on Voyage, we will be listening to him for years to come.
Dream Lover - The Vaccines
This month's playlist is full of big tracks that demand to be listened to loudly with the bass turned up. This single from The Vaccine's most recent album, English Graffiti, fits that bill perfectly.
Everyday - A$AP Rocky (feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel, Mark Ronson, and Yasiin Bey)
A$AP Rocky, the A$AP Mob's most recognizable member, just released his second studio album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. The album is an 18-track masterpiece of production. This song in particular is basically three songs in one, abruptly changing tempos, keys, and sounds. It features vocals from Rod Stewart, Miguel, and Mark Ronson, and is worth your attention.
Stressed Out - twenty one pilots
twenty one pilots is a unique duo from Ohio that has just dropped their second signed record, Blurryface. The album is a collection of so many different sounds and styles that it is a complete mess, but somehow comes together as an enjoyable mess. People seem to agree, its currently sitting atop the Billboard Albums Chart. This track is my favorite from the LP and worth a listen.
California Roll - Snoop Dogg (feat. Stevie Wonder)
Next up this month is another track from Snoop Dogg's new Pharrell-produced album, BUSH. This track is extremely chill, featuring vocals from the actual Stevie Wonder. This new album is a really interesting effort that I am liking more and more with each listen.
We All Want The Same Thing - Rixton
Rixton is a four-piece British band, don't call them a boy band I don't think they would like it, hailing from Manchester. This track, pulled from their debut album Let the Road, is an up-tempo pop hit currently getting airplay in the UK. Its light and fun.
Pieces - Tanlines
Tanlines is a electronic, indie rock duo from Brooklyn. They established themselves with a popular first album in 2012 that I was a fan of for the most part, aptly named Mixed Emotions. This track is the opener from their freshly-released sophomore LP, Highlights. The album is a great listen that has been on repeat for me for a couple of weeks.
Shine - Years & Years
You know I love Years & Years, this song is on this list because I love Years & Years. Olly, Mikey, and Emre, come back with another dance track from their forthcoming debut, Communion. I'm eagerly awaiting its release.
Waiting for Love - Avicii
Avicii is prolific, he remixes all of his own tracks sometimes multiple times and is constantly releasing new singles and collaborations. He has publicly talked about working on over 70 tracks in the process of creating his next album, Stories. I'm a big fan of this track, which is co-produced with Martin Garrix, as well as his rework of Nina Simone's Feeling Good.
Straight Into The Fire - ZEDD
ZEDD is on top of his game, his recently released album, True Colors, is full of bangers. The electronic build and drop in this track is just so fucking good, check it out.
Never Let You Go - Rudimental (feat. Foy Vance)
Rudimental is a fantastic drum and bass group from the UK that helped launch the careers of John Newman and Ella Eyre, among others, with their tracks on the group's debut album, Home. This new track is a new single from their upcoming project, We the Generation that will be released in September. It appears it will be another big summer for Rudimental.
Those are my picks for June, what are you listening to?
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