Two Weeks – FKA Twigs
For me, July is more of a slow burn because now you’re stuck in the middle of a hot & sticky summer so I chose slow burners this time around (well mostly). FKA Twigs is spectacular, all I can really compare her to is Solange and Jhene Aiko, but she’s much cooler than all her peers. Her music video shows that, inspired by Queen of the Damned there’s no other music video quite like it.
Boom Clap – Charli XCX
Soundtracks are the comeback kid of 2014. Frozen is the biggest selling album of the year and now we have the second song from a soundtrack (The Fault In Our Stars) to be big hit. I really wish Charli XCX could’ve had a hit from her excellent EP’s but Boom Clap is a great 80’s throwback that hits the sweet spot. She’s excellent and let’s make this the summer of Charli.
Shower – Becky G
And now we come to the “Call Me Maybe” of 2014. A young, Latina rap wonder-kid, Becky G has been featured with Ke$ha, Pitbull, J. Lo, 2 Chainz, etc. so it’s only natural that should would get a chance to shine on her own. Shower gives her that opportunity with a chorus as catchy as “Call Me Maybe” with a cute naivety that made that song such a phenomenon, so expect to here this song on repeat.
Geronimo – Sheppard
So catchy it should be a crime, “Geronimo” is an ear worm that will never leave. After conquering their native Austraila, Sherpard has set their sights on conquering stateside like their fellow Aussies (Sia, Iggy, kinda Lorde). And with this pounding hook and country twang, they might just do it.
Don’t Wait – Mapei
Mapei is the best of both worlds, she’s Swedish so she comes from the land of great hooks and she’s American, you can tell with this song that bridges the gap between Robyn and Beyonce. With a thrashing, tropical beat and a bombastic hook, there’s no way not to dance along as the song builds. It’s great, I can’t recommend this song enough.
Bridge – Broods
Here we are again in the Southern Hemisphere, Broods is a sneaky band that I stumbled on with Spotify radio. They’re a sibling duo from New Zealand who are good friends with Lorde and worked with her producer (there’s only one producer in New Zealand, I guess?). They hit all the right notes with a soothing back beat and simmering lyrics. Great for summer reading.
C O O L – LE YOUTH
You might recognize this song, don’t worry if you can’t place it. It took me like a good thirty minutes before I could figure out it was Cassie’s “You & I” chorus. The video kind of plays as a runway background, which makes sense because the song makes you feel like Tyra. You can do anything when this song is playing, walk fierce with your head held high when this comes on.
Cool Kids – Echosmith
I guess sibling groups are just my thing this summer, Echosmith is a sibling back from LA and they’ve crafted a mellow song perfect for pool lounging. Full of angst with lyrics about never fitting it, it’s the “Pumped Up Kicks” of 2014. Angsty and mellow, yet you can sing along and just get lost in the landscape of the song.
Gecko (Overdrive) – Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill
The only true jam I have on this list. With a 90’s House feel and a beat that just won’t quit, Overdrive is a great party-starter.
Go – Grimes ft. Blood Diamonds/ Restart – Sam Smith
Sadly, there’s no videos availible for these songs but they’re the perfect transition into late summer. Grimes gives you slow elctro-funk that builds then coasts. A great work-out jam and a great song to play three beers in when you’re tired of turning up but don’t let want to turn down (it’s a Miley thing). Restart is more of a lighter “Latch” with less disclosure and more Sam Smith heartbreak. A great mid-tempo song to keep the party going, while still showing your love for Sam Smith. No one wants to drink to “Stay With Me”.
As always, here’s the Spotify playlist: