Summer is finally here, and it’s time we kick back and listen to some tunes that fit the season. We aren’t talking about playing “Summer” by Calvin Harris on repeat, either. Turn these tracks on as the sunshine beams down on your face, and you’ll find yourself in the happiest mood imaginable.
Klingande - Jubel
Melodic house is bubbling, and Klingande is at the forefront of the movement. This breezy track will have you feeling like you’re lying out on a beach while drinking a Mai Tai. The sexy sax laid on top of the infectious groove is a match made in summer paradise.
Sam Smith - Money On My Mind
There’s just something so perfect about Sam Smith’s voice on top of a garage-influenced instrumental. His incredible vocal range has grabbed the attention of music listeners worldwide, and he has the potential to become one of the top vocalists of our generation.
Syn Cole - Miami 82 (Kygo Remix)
Kygo’s sound makes for ideal summertime music. When people brand someone’s music as “tropical house,” you know it’ll fit as part of your summer soundtrack. Placing Kygo on this list wasn’t difficult at all. The only difficult part was choosing which Kygo track we should put on the list. If you’re unfamiliar with Kygo, we recommend listening to the rest of his catalogue--it can be considered an entire summertime soundtrack on its own.
Chromeo - Jealous (Solidisco Remix)
“Jealous” has been one of the top songs of 2014, and it’s pretty difficult to improve upon what Chromeo did with the song. However, Solidisco’s remix effort is commendable. They imparted their disco house sound on the funk track, which makes for a fantastic combination. The upbeat funkiness is exactly what you want to hear during a carefree summer day.
Mat Zo ft. The Knocks - Get Down 2 Get Up
Mat Zo’s versatility as a producer is mind blowing. He’s created hits in numerous genres, including trance, D&B, and progressive house. On “Get Down 2 Get Up,” he teams up with The Knocks, a duo widely known as one of the foremost purveyors of disco house. Turn this track on during a summer BBQ, and you’ll have all of your friends dancing in no time.
Nelly - Ride Wit Me (Viceroy Jetlife Remix)
When Viceroy uploads tracks to his SoundCloud, he enters “Summertime, all the time” as the genre. We simply had to include the perpetual summer celebrator on this list. His breezy remix of “Ride Wit Me” helps revive one of the more memorable rap songs of the early 2000s. Who knew that Nelly vocals be the perfect companion for a beach day?
Wave Racer - Streamers
There’s a seemingly endless amount of future bass and chill trap producers coming out of Australia, which can make it difficult to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Wave Racer stands out due to the tropical influence he’s integrated into his tracks. His music features hard-hitting bass, yet there is always a laidback vibe to his tracks.
Watermat - Bullit
In April, Pete Tong named “Bullit” his Essential New Tune, which carries a lot of weight in the dance music community. Although it received attention from dance music’s top tastemaker, it still hasn’t hit its peak in popularity. This is a summertime track through and through, so we expect it to blow up over the next few months. Now that it’s summertime, it’s time to follow Tong’s example and treat “Bullit” as one of your essential tunes of the season.
Hansel Thorn - Shake It
The EDM Network has prominently featured Hansel Thorn among our SoundCloud channels, and it’s for good reason: Hansel Thorn is a future star. “Shake It” is a big room moombahton banger, and it’ll make you wish that the moombahton movement never hit a brick wall. Luckily, producers like Hansel Thorn are keeping moombahton alive.
Duck Sauce - NRG
Duck Sauce’s new album, Quack, is full of tracks that would brighten your summer day. It’s tough to choose just one song from the album for this list, but “NRG” takes the cake. The extremely upbeat song can make almost anyone break into dance. The Skrillex/Kill The Noise/Milo & Otis remix of “NRG” is more popular, but it’s the original that you’ll want to play during the summertime.