AIR3RADIO SUMMER PLAYLIST
With the end of exams just around the corner, it’s time you got ready for another British summer with scorching temperatures of 19 Degrees! Air3 has compiled a collection of songs to watch out for this summer.
1. Kelis - Jerk Ribs
Since her 2010 album ‘Flesh Tone’ which featured collaborations from will.i.am, Boize Noize and David Guetta, Kelis had seemingly gone off the radar. However, this year Kelis is back on the yard, selling not milkshakes this time, but Jerk Ribs. (oh yes.)
Bringing back some fresh new funk, ‘Jerk Ribs’ is a tasty combination of mid-tempo electro, trumpeting soul and the unique raspy vocals of the comeback-queen herself. Kelis will serve her main course in September, a full-length album titled ‘FOOD’ will have the hardcore fans licking their lips.
2. MØ – Pilgrim MS MR Remix
Karen Marie Ørsted, or better known as MØ, offers up her debut album this summer, promising an imaginative new sound which can be heard on tracks she released earlier this year such as ‘Glass’. Inspired by her unique vocals and dreamy melodies, New York duo ‘MS MR’ have remixed her single “Pilgrim”, keeping the raw emotion of the original but juxtaposing it with a revved up electro pulse.
It is no surprise that MØ has been compared to the princess of Americana, Lana Del Rey: the singer claims to be heavily inspired by her and ‘Pilgrim’ is certainly reminiscent of her sound. But there is no doubt that MØ is one of a kind. Her juxtapositions of soul, electro and hip hop make for an emotionally powerful expression, an endless summer evening.
3.Phoenix – Entertainment
French electronic pop band Phoenix have been evolving their style since 2000 when the band formed, constantly developing their sound to keep it current. After headlining the legendary Coachella festival, Phoenix have continued to grow with the success of their brand new album ‘Bankrupt!’
Classier than ever with a polished 80’s-pop inspired sound ‘Bankrupt!’ consists of metronomic bass beats, synthesizers and those melodic sing-it-out chorouses. ‘Entertainment’ is an up-tempo, zappy pop song perfect to soundtrack the coming summer.
Phoenix shall be appearing at a handful of UK Festivals such as Reading/Leeds and Glastonbury.
4.Empire of the Sun – Alive
Empire of the Sun make a well-timed comeback as the summer begins, providing a fresh sunshine soundtrack with their new song ‘Alive’. Taking their sound in a new direction, ‘Alive’ shows a more intricate instrumental side to the duo. It’s a louder sound, heavy in synth, and yet it reclaims the unique harmonies of their previous album to create an electro-pop masterpiece.
Look out for their upcoming album ‘Ice on the Dune’ which will no doubt be a fresh new journey in dreamland, showcasing the very best talents of Nick Littlemore and Luke Steele as they venture in to new landscapes of sound and vision.
5.The Correspondents – ‘What Happened to Soho’
The Correspondents feature on this playlist not because of any new material, but rather because they are constants of the smaller festival circuit, having appeared continuously at festivals such as the Secret Garden Party, Shambala and The Sunrise Celebration. The swing/hip-hop duo consist of Mr Bruce and Chucks who will deliver a unique mix of jazz, blues and electro to your summer if you catch them at such festivals.
‘What Happened to Soho’ is a Correspondents classic which should feature on every summer playlist due to its poppy hook and infectious rhythm. If you get the chance to see them, take it: their dancing alone is a sight to see.
6. Mikal Cronin – Shout it Out
Having previously played in such garage bands as The Moonhearts and collaborating with Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin debuts his new solo project, the eponymously named new album. Michael Cronin returns with a more personal contribution to the garage rock scene, delivering intricate songs with sweet and psychedelic melodies – not forgetting those thrashy choruses. Imagine Elliott Smith minus the eery tones and angst.
But Mikal Cronin’s new album is definitely light-hearted, a summery breeze floats through his sound akin to The Beach Boys. ‘Shout it Out’ is one of the many highlights of the album: one for the car on a trip to the beach.
7. Crystal Fighters - You and I
The Spanish folktronica group are back this summer with the new album ‘CAVE RAVE’ to be released on the 27th of this month. The single ‘You & I’ is the fresh new release, showcasing another sun-soaked dance-pop song with those sweet crooning vocals. Crystal Fighters remind us of a street party, cocktails, dancing and a beautiful sun set and thus deserve a place on this playlist.
They shall play at the Reading & Leeds Festival in August and prolong the summer to a November UK tour.
8.Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Mosquito
Earlier this year, the YYY’s released their much anticipated fourth studio album ‘Mosquito’. This is a band who embody the spirit of Rock n’ Roll: loud thrashy guitars, a fistful of attitude and most of all, a fearlessness in their act. The electric and enigmatic front-woman Karen O brings back those daring vocals and vivid images on the new album ‘Mosquito’, simultaneously externalising the paranoia and anxiety which the band experienced prior to recording the album.
So there is a dark edge to the album and it’s certainly experimental, but the YYY’s are expert in this field and deliver a mostly-good album delving in to dream-pop and hip hop but maintaining their rock n roll roots. The title track is a catchy and emotive crowd pleaser; one to be enjoyed at festivals the band shall play such as Latitude and T in the Park.
9. Peace – ‘Lovesick’
Peace’s debut album, In Love, has sparked mixed reviews. While some critics have embraced the powerful tunes and romantic care-free lyrics, others have claimed their originality is questionable. It’s true, you can hear influences from the likes of Vampire Weekend and the Foals, but Peace have released an impressive album, an experimental revival of Britpop.
‘Lovesick’ is a cheesy romantic song, the melodic vocals and sappy lyrics telling stories of high school love and soaking the track in a dreamy nostalgia. It may not be groundbreaking, but this album is light-hearted indie at it’s finest.
10. Loveable Rogues – ‘What a Night’
If Peace’s ‘Lovesick’ is the young love of the summer, The Loveable Rogues ‘What a Night’ is the unforgettable party embodying the carefree feeling of the summer months of your youth. If you recognise the name, it may be because the band appeared on Britains Got Talent, even making it to the final but soon signed to record label Syco. Their single ‘What a Night’ consists of ska flecks and quirky quips. Sure, you could call it cheesy polished pop music, you could call it lame. But it’s the up-tempo sing-along choruses which are vital in the soundtrack to the summer.