Puppy – Forever
To kick things off we have London-based indie-rock band Puppy with their debut track, Forever. This song brings in discernable heavy-metal influences (with significant nods to Metallica) but the London boys still ushers out their own anthemic, alt-rock banger.
This is the kind of song that if a band like Foo Fighters churned out, you’d have a sweaty-browed crowd of young adults, swaying to-and-fro, with their lighters burning as they harmoniously sing along to the lyrics. This is an all-out enjoyable song from beginning to end, and the band is certainly not one to be slept on either.
Deon Custom – Roses
When I heard Roses by Deon Custom I immediately thought “this sounds a lot like XXYYXX.’ And that’s exactly why I love it. Hailing from the Netherlands, 23-year old Deon Custom brings us a car-bumping, windows-wounded-down kind of track to get you really enjoying this weather.
Roses proves that he’s certainly a talented musician with a keen ear for composition. It’s an oddly enjoyable mish-mash of beats and electronic styles. This is the kind of track that sends elitist electronic aficionados crazy when trying to categorize it. I myself might call it future bass. But forget the finicky blurring of genres; it’s still a damn good track.
Wolf Alice – Bros
Wolf Alice is a band that has taken the UK by storm in the past year. This is a band that truly loves what they do, which leaves no surprises as to why they have die-hard fans across the world. Bros is a track that really showcases the band’s talent, as well as lead-singer Ellie Rowsell’s singing/songwriting ability.
When speaking about Bros, Ellie Rowsell has previously said, "It's an ode to childhood imagination and friendship and all the charm that comes with that." It’s a song that’s about friendship, and specifically, best friendship. It’s an upbeat, sort-of dreamy, pop-rock track that is guaranteed to put you in a great mood.
Vince Staples – Norf Norf
West-Coast rapper, Vince Staples has recently released his long-awaited debut album, Summertime 06. It’s an album that was extremely well met by critics and with tracks like Norf Norf, it’s easy to know why.
When I saw that Clams Casino produced the track, I knew the song was going to be marvellous. It’s one that you literally cannot prevent yourself from nodding your head to. It’s a no-nonsense kind of rap. One that comes out sounding different despite being conventional. But enough of that. Let the song do the speaking.
Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)
And lastly we have my favourite track of this list. Know that when you listen to this, you are guaranteed for some good times – pun intended. Jamie xx has always been a musical virtuoso, who has consistently churned out hit after hit since his remix album with Gil-Scott Heron, We’re New Here.
His new, debut album, In Colour has shown that kind of consistency we yearn for as fans. The fact that he is able to churn out such quality just cements his place as one of the greatest DJ’s of our time. Good Times proves that Jamie xx is such an accessible artist. For a lot of his fans, Young Thug is a bit of a cringetastic artist, but on Good Times he is a raw talent. Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself.