The Next Sounds: Summer Playlist

The Next Family

By: Sierra Drucker

Happy Summer to you all!  In celebration, here’s a sunny new music playlist inspired by the season.  Best enjoyed on a hammock with a cool drink and some shades.


Pretty Lights vs. Summertime” – Various Artists FREE DOWNLOAD HERE
Electronic artist and producer Derek Vincent Smith, known as Pretty Lights, has delivered a killer mix, sampling 8 different summer jams. From Nina Simone, to Sublime, to Will Smith, this pretty much covers anything and everything you could want for your summer soundtrack, all in one hot little 5 minute package. Well played Mr. Smith…well played.

“Hits Me Like A Rock (Dillon Francis Remix)” – CSS
Yes! They are back. Brazilian new-wave electro poppers CSS, aka Cansei de Ser Sexy are back with a new single. While I love the original “Hits Me Like A Rock,” Dillon Francis’s take on their latest is like a sunbeam, illuminating the song with a newfound sparkle worthy of this summer playlist. You can look forward to the full release of their upcoming album La Liberacion on August 29th.

“How Small We Are” – Pollyn

Pollyn “How Small We Are” from Pollyn on Vimeo.

L.A.’s own new wave/funk trio Pollyn are definitely a band to look out for. I’m completely gaga for their latest Talking Heads-inspired single, a major departure for a band once labeled “down-tempo”. Looking forward to hearing the rest of their upcoming sophomore release Living In Patterns.

“Summer Bum” – Bumblebeez
Nothing says summer more than Bumblebeez. Okay, so this isn’t brand-spanking new, but it’s definitely fitting for the season. And it always makes me dance – “All you ladies pop that thang like this…” You know you want to.

“Saturday Love” – Toro Y Moi FREE DOWNLOAD
Sip your drink of choice while savoring the chillwave sounds of Toro Y Moi’s latest release, “Saturday Love”, a cover of the 1985 song by Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal. A tasteful nod to the original, and a perfectly simple sentiment: “For always and for ever, you will be my Saturday love.” Ahh, nostalgia never sounded so good.

“Sun Is Shining (Yes King Remix)” – Bob Marley
And finally, let’s slow it down with a classic. It’s simply not a summer playlist without Bob. “Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” That about says it all.

Happy summer. Don’t forget your sunblock!

Like what you hear? Check out more great music on Sierra’s blog, Inland Sounds.

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