More Summer Lovin’

Posted: September 5, 2014 in Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Lists, New Music, R&B, Top 40
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Since the summer is essentially over now – though based on the weather, it’s unclear if it ever really came – I thought I’d finish off with another set of summer jams. The tracks listed on the first instalment, have already reached the annoyingly overplayed status. This set of tracks serve as a summer’s outro, helping us reflect on the month(s) passed, and all the #blessed moments we had.

5. “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” – Chromeo

I know what you’re all thinking. This technically should have been included in the first round, but even by that time, it was being played ad nauseam. Except now it’s gone past the point of being sick of it, back to being tolerable and catchy. It’s got a killer 80s vibe to it, he’s Canadian and this video is pretty fantastic.

4. “Don’t Tell ‘Em” – Jeremih feat. YG

Normally I’m not a fan of remixes, sampling or any sort of cut-and-paste producing, but for some reason I don’t mind it here. I don’t even know who Jeremih (pronounced Jerem-eye) is, but he managed to peak my interest in how he sampled Snap’s 90s dance classic “Rhythm is a Dancer,” and slowed it down to a smooth drawl. There’s just something about the track that just makes you want to bump and grind. Or maybe that’s just me?

3. “Stolen Dance” – Milky Chance

Maybe a bit of an odd choice here. A German electronic-rock duo, whose lead singer sounds like he’s been smoking 2 packs/day since he was a kid (à la Tom Waits). Who would have thought they could create anything playful, fun or uplifting? Yet somehow they did. I dare you not to dance.

2. “Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)” – Mr. Probz

I still prefer the original, slower, morose version of this song – I’m so emo – but the guitar riff and the beats in this one are just too damn good. They completely change the tone of the track. The lyrics are just as sad, just as painful; the video also kind of depressing. But the energy adds some positivity, like there’s still some hope for things to get better.

1. “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

What can I say? It makes you smile, while you fondly remember all the places you’ve been, all the things you’ve done, and all those simple moments you want to relive over and over. Because there’s no place you’d rather be.

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