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Summer Playlist 2014!

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Wondering what to listen to this summer as you’re soaking up the rays on holiday or maybe you’re looking for something to listen to as you’re having a mega chill out session? Never fear, for cliché Music Bloggery is here! We’ve lined up a few brilliant artists for you to listen to this summer.

 

1. Ghost Beach

Ghost Beach are my personal summer favourites and when I recently come across them, they shortly released their début album Blonde. This New York based electronic duo might be a fairly obscure band, but this dark horse duo have performed with the likes of David Guetta, Imagine Dragons and Vampire Weekend. A band that’s quintessentially beach-pop, I think the marriage of powerful vocals, the synthesiser and encouraging use of slap bass make for a perfect summer album! Check out the video for ‘Been There Before, and tell us what you think!

 

2. Foster the People

We here at Music Bloggery are massive fans of Foster the People, so when they released their second album ‘Supermodel, we were jumping for joy! The US front received fame with their début single ‘Pumped Up Kicks which eventually landed them a record deal. However, upon listening to their new album, we’re not sure how to feel. Of course there are a few songs that really stand out (‘Coming of Age, ‘Best Friend, ‘Goats In Trees) but the rest of it seems a bit lacklustre and disjointed compared to their first album, ‘Torches. Nonetheless, the tracks we think stand out are great summer tracks nonetheless as they give off those perfect chill out vibes.

 

3. Charli XCX

Most of you may know her from her amazing 90s dress sense and her hit single ‘Fancy with rapper Iggy Azalea, but Charli XCX A.K.A. Charlotte Aichison is a brilliant artist in her own right. Having experimented with synthesizers from the age of 16, she has made a name for herself on the pop scene and rightly so. We love her 2013 single, ‘SuperLove‘ – it’s got everything a good song needs, catchy beat and a stellar sing-along hook. This is a woman who is going places, watch out for her in the pop scene folks, you heard it here first! Check out our fave XCX track below.

 

4. HAIM

Brilliantly embracing that classic 80s sound, any single from Haim’s Days are Gone album is a perfect chill-out song. My favourite has to be ‘My Song 5 purely because of the energy and fierce rhythm of the drums alongside the overarching tone. Oh and that bridge! The guitar riff is INTENSE! Having named their band after their surname (they’re three super cool sisters of course), this trio from California grew up listening to their parents’ 70s record collections. Having worked together and performed around the country for years, the sisters eventually got signed and released their début album, ‘Days are Gone. We personally recommend ‘Forever‘, ‘The Wire‘, ‘Honey & Iand ‘If I Could Change Your Mind.

5.  St. Vincent
My goodness, I LOVE this woman! Thanks to the handy last.fm app (follow xAnthonyKiedis if you’ve got it, don’t judge the name it was a long time ago), I’ve broadened my musical horizons and listened to some new music. Last.fm recommended St. Vincent for me, and after buying her most recent self-titled album (released February 2014) I have to admit, I’m instantly hooked. Her music can only be described as a creative pop rock/synth explosion. I first fell in love while listening to ‘Rattlesnake because the intro is so goddamn catchy and her guitar solo, is quite frankly groundbreaking. Anyway, enough praise from me, listen to her yourself!

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