Summer is the one time of year where it is perfectly acceptable to spend your time laying by the pool, hanging at the beach, BBQing with family and friends, and road tripping across the country to hit a music festival. What is the one thing needed to complete any of these activities? The perfect summer playlist. With June approaching, it’s time we start to prepare for summer festivals, so we’ve taken the best hits from headliners and emerging acts to put together the perfect June Festival Playlist.
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Known for his viral remixes, Norwegian trip house producer Kygo is back with “Firestone.” Conrad Sewell is featured on this track delivering a catchy and riveting hook that Kygo carries through with his soothing, dreamy beats. The melody of “Firefly” will make it an instant summer classic. Scan your 7-Eleven app when you buy a Slurpee for a chance to win a VIP trip to see Kygo at Firefly Music Festival!
Modest Mouse, “Lampshades On Fire”
“Lampshades On Fire” is the latest single from Modest Mouse’s sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves, following a seven-year gap after We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Check out the new release on Spotify if you missed them at Sasquatch!.
José González, “Leaf Off/The Cave”
Indie sensation, José Gonzales released one of our favorites track this year on his latest album Vestiges & Claws called, “Leaf Off/The Cave.” The Argentine-Swedish singer-songwriter has a knack for creating beautiful indie folk tracks with pop vibes. Gonzales’ live sets, with large orchestras, a full live band and backup singers, have been known to wow crowds. For a pretty low-key guy, Gonzales knows how to own an audience. He blew us away at Sasquatch! and we haven’t stopped playing this since.
Echosmith is an all rock band that formed back in ’09. This is another act we fell for after seeing at a festival: their Rock in Rio performance was phenomenal. The group is comprised of four siblings hailing from Los Angeles, CA. Most known for their hit, “Cool Kids,” the young band landed a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, their album went double platinum, they played a world tour, and dropped a new track in February called “Bright.” The song is exactly that – bright and happy, with a hint of country flair. It’s an essential one for early summer mornings.
Odesza feat. Zyra, “Say My Name”
Electro duo Odesza teams up with UK based singer Zyra for “Say My Name,” off their latest album In Return. Odesza’s been known for their dreamy vocal sampling, but decided to step it up with In Return, teaming up with artists like Madelyn Grant, Monsoonsiren (and hopefully Kendrick Lamar). Odesza seamlessly merges EDM hits with an ethereal soundscape best seen live at Governors Ball.
Hot Chip, “Huarache Lights”
Hot Chip has a niche following unlike any other. The first single off their latest album Why Make Sense?, “Huarache Lights” is a smooth, sweet sounding track out of an ‘80s romantic comedy. The DJ Rashad sample and footwork rhythm will put you in a trance. The tempo picks up and “Huarache Lights” transforms into a funky dance beat. Catching Hot Chip at Sasquatch! renewed our love for them, and we think playing this song will for you too.
Awolnation, “I Am”
“I Am” is the latest track from Awolnation’s last album, Run. The soft, mellow track is perfect for lazy, sunny summer days. The electro-rock band formed back in 2010 and has been building their sound since. Run is their second studio album, and feels like a hybrid of Devo and Rage Against the Machine. Awolnation is definitely a live set you don’t want to miss: check them out at Firefly.
Zedd feat. Selena Gomez, “I Want You To Know”
You might know this one already, but a reminder to play it again can’t hurt. The powerful single held down the No. 1 spot on the dance charts for weeks. This pump up track is the song to sing along to on your summer road trip. Catch him at Firefly.
Sam Smith, “Lay Me Down (Flume Remix)”
This single off Sam Smith’s latest In The Lonely Hour, is a beautiful love ballad. While the soulful singer lets his vocal chords heal, a Sasquatch! favorite steps in to reimagine “Lay Me Down.” Flume’s latest remix transforms the track into a trappy dance hit with smooth beats, a heavy dub influence and crazy synths. Flume has blown up as one of the hottest new acts emerging from the EDM world. Thankfully, he’s gifted us with a handful of amazing remixes (Disclosure, Lorde and Arcade Fire) as we await his upcoming album.