Celebrate the arrival of summer with this fun playlist!
“Bullet in the Brain” by The Black Keys (Turn Blue) Debuted as a live session for BBC’s Radio 1 show, “Bullet in the Brain” showcases lead singer Dan Auerbach’s sweetly hypnotizing vocals before flipping a switch and rolling into a psychedelic-meets-blues groove. Fans of The Black Keys will love the intense musical range that still finds cohesion in the adept talents of Auerbach and Patrick Carney.
“Brand New” by Pharrell Williams featuring Justin Timberlake (G I R L) Following his 2013 summer smash hits “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines,” Pharrell Williams has become the reigning king of summer anthems. This year, Pharrell returns (this time partnering with equal pop-royalty Justin Timberlake) with the sunny retro-pop song, “Brand New” that is sure to be on repeat.
“Calling All Hearts” by DJ Cassidy Featuring Robin Thicke and Jessie J A favorite DJ among A-listers including Beyonce, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez and even President Barack Obama, DJ Cassidy is proving he has more depth than just spinning and mixing. DJ Cassidy calls upon Robin Thicke and Jessie J to lend their rich vocals to the 70s disco beat in, “Calling All Hearts” that will beckon you onto the dance floor.
“Come Alive” by Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi (White Women) Never ones to take themselves too seriously, electro-funk duo Chromeo burst back onto the scene with, “Come Alive.” With added vocals by Toro Y Moi, this synth-happy song is true to Chromeo form: a fun track that grooves.
“Fall in Love” by Phantogram (Voices) Phantogram’s musical stamp is the band’s dark-but-not-gloomy mix of keyboards and guitar that continues to develop as the brand matures. The latest iteration of this evolution, “Fall in Love” is a moody and cool track on a moody and cool album that may cement Phantogram in the mainstream music collective.
“Hold On, We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)” by ASTR Drake’s 2013 smash, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” has been covered by the Artic Monkeys and Blood Orange but ASTR’s cover is a wholly new take on the pop song. A laid-back electro beat and heartfelt vocals, this rendition is remarkably deep and alluringly sensual.
“Perpetual Nights” by Maxine Ashley (Mood Swings) Produced by Pharrell Williams, the man with the musical Midas Touch, “Perpetual Nights” by Maxine Ashley is a silky, smooth and completely cool track. Maxine has already garnered attention from the fashion elite, debuting her video on Vogue.com and supplying the soundtrack to Lanvin’s spring/summer 2012 show.
“Sleeping with a Friend” by Neon Trees (Pop Psychology) Neon Trees already have a strong reputation for infectious and impossibly catch pop hits like, “Animal” and “Everybody Talks.” Their latest song, “Sleeping with a Friend” delightfully upholds the band’s 90s pop appeal with saucy lyrics about dangerous liaisons.
“Strong” by London Grammar (If You Wait) Fans of The xx and Florence and the Machine will love this latest UK export London Grammar. Lead singer Hannah Reid’s voice carries a beautifully swelling strength and, against the minimalist and delicate piano music, creates an intoxicating tension through to the final note.
“Reflektor” by Arcade Fire (Reflektor) Arcade Fire has garnered serious public attention and adoration following their 2010 Grammy award for their album “The Suburbs.” That said, Arcade Fire manages to keep their indie-cred while still writing fantastic anthems with lush musical arrangements. The band returns with a percussion-rich single, “Reflektor” which kicks off their new album of the same name.