When I started writing for It Djents well over a year ago, I was convinced that it would lead me even deeper into prog and metal. Instead, the interaction with likeminded individuals of differing tastes that the work for the site offered me helped me to rekindle my love for a plethora of different musical styles, from indie music over hip hop to electronica. So I decided to dedicate the beginning of The Summer Jam 2: Beat The Heat to the process of musical discovery. From my collection to yours, here are ten records to make your summer even more bitchin’ (in my opinion at least).
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Sunset Mission
One of the best records ever made. There, I said it. It’s an absolute must-listen, especially in the oppressive summer heat, when Bohren’s ambient jazz can cool and soothe both your aching body and soul.
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
Luckily, summer isn’t just about complaining about the heat (and the ensuing profuse sweating [maybe I’m projecting a bit here]), but also about having a good time. And there’s absolutely no way you won’t have a good time with this record full of funky, danceable r’n’b tracks that draw inspiration from a vast array of styles and moods.
Passion Pit – Gossamer
Gossamer is a shimmering, exhilarating piece of indie/synthpop, with introspective lyrics and great vocals. Almost every song on here is an instant hit, so prepare to dance like no one’s watching!
Jameszoo – Fool
Switching between wonky electronics and soft jazz passages in the blink of an eye, this album is a soulful, unpredictable journey through the inner machinations of Mr. Jameszoo.
Uyama Hiroto – A Son of the Sun
If you dig Nujabes, then you’ll dig this as well. Although there is a clearer focus on instrumentals as opposed to vocal features to be observed here, the jazzy, chill-out hip hop tracks will instantly brighten your mood.
Beach House – Bloom
If I were to sum this record up in one word, it would be ‘blissful’. No need to make any more words about it, just listen to the damn thing alright?
Ulver – Perdition City
My personal favourite of the style- and shape-shifting group of genius musicians, Perdition City blends ambient electronic, trip hop and jazz to create a unique soundscape that’s best enjoyed in a laid-back state of mind with a cold beverage in your hand.
Watsky – x Infinity
From jazz rap over trap beats to classical-inspired tracks, this album showcases Watsky’s impressive musical range, and his flows and lyrics are absolutely on point.
Dan Terminus – The Wrath of Code
He was featured in last year’s infamous ‘Synthwave Special’ (shameless self-plug™), and with good reason; his powerful, synth-heavy take on the retrowave genre is among the best that the genre has to offer.
Al di Meola, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin – Friday Night in San Francisco
This one is for those of you who don’t want to miss out on amazingly intense guitar chops even while relaxing. These three men are among the best there ever will be, and this album is sure to make your jaw drop.
Tune back in next week for the first actual episode of The Summer Jam 2: Beat The Heat! We’ve got some amazing bands and artists in store for you, so don’t miss out on that! A special shout out to our graphic designer Leanna White, who did an amazing job on the feature’s logo. See you next time, and as always…
…thanks for reading!