Seeing as it’s been an absolute scorcher this week, we’re throwing a sun-kissed #TopTenSunday at you. As always, it was outrageously difficult to whittle this down to a 10, but after much chopping and changing, we’ve got your ultimate, bitesize summer playlist. Enjoy!
10. Bernhoft – Come Around
Jarle Bernhoft kicks off this week’s #TopTenSunday with a lovely sun-kissed tune. A household name in Norway, surely if he keeps showcasing his incredible talent, plenty of adulation will ‘come around’ on this side of the North Sea too!
9. Damon Albarn – Mr. Tembo
Hands down, the most uplifting tune we’ve heard this year, but then again, a song written for a baby elephant Albarn met in Tanzania was never going to be anything but.
8. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Day
The opening track of our best album of 2013 is a 10-minute sprawler. Kurt Vile doesn’t believe in urgency, just warm, virtuous guitars that create the mellowest of soundscapes
7. Feeder – Tell All Your Friends
This gem of a track from Echo Park is definitely one for the middle months. Located right at the heart of one of the best summer albums of the 2000s, it’s more than worth its place in this list.
6. CSS – Let’s Make Love (And Listen To Death From Above)
We just simply had to include a track from Cansei de Ser Sexy in here, and there’s no better candidate than this. Lovefoxx is at home swaggering over a sensationally provocative groove.
5. Jurassic 5 – Concrete Schoolyard
One of the best hip-hop tracks of all time finds itself in our top five. A bona-fide anthem, with supremely controlled beats, sweet vocal harmonies and a hooking, sing-along chorus. Best served chilled.
4. Incubus – Are You In?
Incubus dropped Morning View in 2001; a simply brilliant alternative rock record that housed plenty of tracks that could have easily made this Top Ten. The alleviating Are You In?, with its encapsulating groove, gets the nod.
3. Kyuss – Hurricane
Kyuss pretty much invented the desert rock motif, where riffs were heavy, drenched in bass and baked in sun. Hurricane is Josh Homme at his youthful best, steamrollering a scorching track and a sweltering blueprint.
2. Tame Impala – It’s Not Meant To Be
Kevin Parker’s remote vocals, psych-warped guitars and desolate, tumbling bassline create the kind of searing soundscapes that are always going to be best enjoyed when the Sun has got his hat on.
1. Ben Kenney – Get It To Go
Ben Kenney finishes top of the league this week with this outrageously seductive track. An effortless, simple and to the point arrangement, with overly presumptuous vocals and confident, sashaying guitars, Get It To Go is our number 1 summer tune!