With Glastonbury out of the way, Lemonfest a distant memory, and the sun having occasionally graced us with it’s presence – we think it’s fair to say that Summer is well and truly now in full swing.
It’s been another great few months for new music (and old) both in the UK and abroad. Here’s a not so definitive list of a few of our favourite tracks of the Summer so far…
Metronomy – Old Skool (Fatima Yamaha Remix)
Devon’s very own Metronomy came back in a big way this year with the recent release of ‘Summer 08’, packed with track after track of their own brand of pop-funk. First single ‘Old Skool’ is a standout, and this remix from Amsterdam’s Fatima Yamaha propels it into the realms of a proper summer anthem.
Von Spar – Chain of Command
German four piece Von Spar describe themselves as an ‘Electro Punk’ outfit, but this track just oozes summer feels from start to finish. Best enjoyed whilst poolside sipping a cocktail of some description. Failing that, knee deep in mud in a UK countryside field swigging a warm beer.
The Avalanches – Subways
The mysterious Australian sampling kings made their long awaited (16 years to be precise) comeback this year. 2016’s ‘Wildflower’ is the much anticipated follow up to their one and only album ‘Since I Left You’ which was released all the way back in 2000. Subways is the latest single from it, and shows the group flexing their funk & soul credentials to good effect. If this track doesn’t bring the sun out, we don’t know what will.
Floating Points – Kuiper
We first heard this track at Glastonbury last month, where it was performed immaculately with a full live band at the Park Stage on the Saturday evening. Yes it’s 18 minutes long, but stick with it… the production values are mind bogglingly good. Sadly you’ll be sure not to hear this too often on the radio due to the sheer length of it, but get it added to your playlists regardless.
Boxed In – Jist
Following on from the huge success which surrounded his appearing on George Fitzgerald’s ‘Full Circle’ in 2015, Boxed In are preparing for the release of album no.2 ‘Melt’ this September. Jist – the first track to be premiered from it – is a continuously rolling electronic tune which meanders it’s way through a series of synths and subtly punchy drops, coupled with some very distinct 80’s esque riffs in-between.
Anonhi – Why Did You Seperate Me From The Earth
ANONHI has undergone some immense personal change in recent years, and 2016 album release Hopelessness is a politically charged ode to the world we currently live in. WDYHTSMFTE is her latest single from it, and couples powerful eco-feminist lyrics with a haunting yet uplifting vocal alongside it.
DJ Shadow feat Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak
It’s always a great time to be alive when the legendary DJ Shadow releases new music, even more so when it’s a collaboration with the inimitable Run The Jewels. A match made in heaven. This track features Shadow’s instantly recognisable style, alongside some well placed brass sections, and even has a Donald Trump diss included for good measure. What’s not to like?
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