The fifth installment of our Summer Playlist series arrives just in time for that weekend you mentally started on Tuesday, America. Per usual, we’ve got 40 minutes of Spotified variety lined up HERE, and some words on each selection below.
Arnaud Fleurent-Didier – “Reproductions”
The music video for 2010 gem “Reproductions” finds the Serge Gainsbourg-esq Arnaud repeatedly emerging from the ocean as his lyrics (translated on screen) reinforce a strange romanticism about this piano-charmed track. It’s a surreal and dumbfounding sequence, and clearly, two years later, I’m still finding excuses to pass it around.
Daughn Gibson – “Dandelions”
Pennsylvania trucker turned crooner Daughn Gibson merges two genres whose lanes couldn’t be further apart—minimal electronic and vintage country—into his own lonesome highway of baritone ballads and ghostly sample work. “Dandelions” is marching proof of that.
Sunless ’97 – “Body Weather”
Just when you thought conditions couldn’t get any smoother on the sublime “Body Weather,” someone invites the sax.
AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”
“You Know You Like It,” a slice of straight up R&B pop gone a little insane, first won us around this time last year and seems to have no problem taking a victory lap through summer 2012 on the strength a proper release through Tri Angle records.
Total Science & S.P.Y – “Piano Funk (ft. Riya & DâM-FunK)”
For all the names up in that title and all the sounds they’ve come to represent (from drum and bass, to tripped-out soul), “Piano Funk” seems impressively at ease, jet-setting in its hyper-hybrid state.
Carlea – “Looking At Me”
Shoutout Pasta Primavera for posting this space-age italo disco cut (by way of France) earlier this week.
Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, The Congos – “Sunshine”
Great idea: modern psych and noise burners travel to Jamaica and jam with roots reggae legends, The Congos, as part of RVNG’s collaborative FRKWYS series. Great results: “Sunshine” is pure dub bliss, working itself into a gospel-like declaration to get out of bed and ‘wake up.’
Ela Orleans – “Myriads”
Built on an eerie, cinematic loop, “Myriads” is some kind of transmission from a lost era. It still haunts my iTunes regularly, along with the rest of Ela’s 2009 LP.
Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”
Christopher Owens ended Girls this week, and in remembrance of his special band, let’s ride this thing out with the truly life-affirming song that, for many of us, started it all.
Photography by Landon Speers