This British pop tart’s sun kissed debut is a summer record that doesn’t come around often. Snarky teenage siblings and sensible aunts alike fall for Allen’s charming wit and sweet melodies. Great for summer mornings when you’re lounging around the house. Standout Tracks: LDN, Alfie.
This band is so much more then “Feel Good Inc”. Their singles collection shows off the versatility and creativity Dan Albarn’s greatest project. This is a band that can space dance floor glitziness, old school hip-hop and slow-baked dub to make warped pop music for weirdo’s everywhere. Play at a party at two in the morning. Standout Tracks: Up on Melancholy Hill
. Umm hello? So perfect for summer they have it their name. This band from Portland make’s twee inspired power-pop that’s perfect for long car rides to the beach. Standout Tracks: Dear Mr. and Mrs. Troublemaker
On Major Lazer’s “Free the Universe” Diplo keeps the block party interesting with the help of a bajillion musical guests. The reggae and euro dance is here in every possible configuration, with mellow jams (Get Free) and uproarious dancehall tracks (Watch Out For This). Play at a party once everyone is drunk off tequila and watch the carnage unfold. Standout Tracks: Watch Out For This, Get Free.
Two sassy chicks and three dudes make a album about partying, gossip, and sex toys with a sound that mixes the best of The Strokes, The Postal Service, and Letters to Cleo in a spunky pink package. Play during the early stages of a house party.Standout Tracks: Sexy Mistake, No Style.
Wavves might have named their new album “Afraid of Heights”, but they are not afraid to let their music soar to new levels of summer punk bliss. It’s easily their best record yet, filled with catchy melodies, surf punk guitar, and enough angst to soundtrack the most turbulent of summer’s. Play when someone challanges you to shotgun a beer. Or to annoy the neighbors. Standout Tracks: Sail to the Sun, That’s on Me.
So summer is finally here, the time movie’s and TV tells us is the time to make wild sun-filled and sweaty memories. Click on any of the album’s above to find out which songs to soundtrack your summer with. There’s some old, some new, and something for everyone looking to make the most out of the season.