The summer will soon be over, but the songs of the summer live on. While everyone was doing the Whip and Nae Nae, other artists made some incredible albums that explored the diverse moods of summer.
Lianne La Havas – Blood
Lianne La Havas’ sultry voice is highlighted in her album “Blood” by subdued jazz-infused melodies that would be welcome in any home after a long hot summer day. Lianna’s extraordinary vocal talent definitely makes her one to watch.
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Chelsea Wolfe has me singing metal lullabies this week. Her new album “Abyss” explores the dark recesses of the mind, including death and reckless love, but the sweet nature of Wolfe’s voice will always pull you out of the deepest summer doldrums.
Of Monsters of Men – Beneath the Skin
Of Monsters and Men’s summer offering “Beneath the Skin” could be one of my favorite albums of the summer. Its laid back rhythms and echoey vocals puts me in vacation mode with every play. This is the perfect album to play in your convertible with the top down (convertible not included).
Major Lazer – Peace is the Mission
Fun and quirky Major Lazer’s “Peace is the Mission” offers up summer dance tracks from artists like MØ, Nyla, and Ellie Goulding. You’ve definitely heard Major Lazer’s hit “Lean On” this summer, but other songs on the album like “Light it Up” should also have their place on your summer playlist. Listen to the whole album above.
Gungor – One Wild Life: Soul
It’s been a tough summer. Between social outrage, political corruption, and unpredictable weather, we could all use a breather. “One Wild Life: Soul” is a meditation on modern life. All you have to do is sit back and let Gungor’s melodic tones wash over you and you’ll know that everything will be just fine.