FEATURE: The Ultimate Summer Playlist

Fret not, all you freebie-hunting music fiends you! This playlist here may not be available to download for free (well, not all of it is anyway), but I have a killer Christmas mixtape coming up for you over the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled out for it!

In the meantime, here are some summer tunes you should hunt down to brighten up those nights of parties spent by the pool. In no particular order…

Delorean – “Real Love” [listen + free download]

“Real Love” radiates sunny, pulsing, light-hearted electronic progressions with poppy synths and a brilliant pounding beat. As far as laid-back, catchy pop goes, this is pretty epic. The cheery vibe and atmosphere is easy to tap along to. It’s one of those songs you’d hum, if only you knew how.

Midnight Juggernauts – “Lara Versus The Savage Pack” [listen]

How can anyone go past this amazing single from Aussie electro-rockers Midnight Juggernauts this summer? As infectious as swine flu, but less likely to alienate you from your friends, this will have you jumping around and launching off sofa’s and anything else 3 feet off the ground into a party-mood-induced frenzy of coolness. In case you didn’t gather, this is a pretty good song.

Johnny Foreigner – “Feels Like Summer” [listen]

This mildly abrasive, punky track from energetic legends JoFo is not only a racing expulsion of emotions and fun rock, but encapsulates something very special (I feel it’s special anyway) in some of the recurring lines:

Heartstrings will pull nostalgia, but honestly it feels like summer…

The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s On Fire” [listen + free download]

Blissed-out sample electronic rock with amazing hooks and brilliant variations in tone throughout. The keyboard sections almost sound sorrowful, but contrasting against the bursts of brass and the colour throughout the song, this is a surefire winner that feels too bright to not be a summer song.

Josh Pyke – “The Summer” [listen]

Appropriately titled, this is a slower track about the a time gone by, and the juxtaposition of that with the present. Wishing you could live life like you did before. Pyke’s acoustic guitar and his voice join together largely on their own, and as has been shown before, quite effectively as well. This is one for comtemplation.

Alex Walker – “Gotta Lose (Feat. Len Xiang and Kobie Powell)” [listen + free download]

Merging soulful rap and bluesy guitar, this is a one of those groovy songs that just sound, well… groovy. Play whilst strutting up the main street holding a massive beat-box for maximum coolness.

El Guincho – “Bombay” [listen + free download]

I’ve saved one of the best for last. El Guincho has a way with tropical pop samples. It’s that simple. You know when you daydream, and just imagine you’re lying on a beach in the Caribbean sipping piƱa coladas? Nah, me either. But it happens in movies, and this would be the perfect soundtrack for such a moment on the big screen. Check it out.