Summer of Love: A Celebration Of Love and Life
Summer is here, and whether you’re relaxing by the pool or enjoying the coolness of indoors, music is always to be found near. With this playlist, I wanted to celebrate the magic that comes with summer. Whether it be summer romance, enjoying the night out with friends, or simply having fun, these tunes are guaranteed to hype you up.
Jess Glynne — “Hold My Hand”
Featured on Clean Bandit‘s album, New Eyes, Jess Glynne had proved to be a formidable vocal powerhouse. Her third single from her upcoming debut album features the amazing combination of house and dance. With an angelic voice to boot, it’s easy to see Glynne’s future full of praise.
Markus Feehily — “Love is a Drug (88 Ninety ‘Love Addiction’ 12″ Remix)”
The former Westlife singer’s debut solo single was given a remix, giving it a classic 90’s house vibe. The intro slowly builds until it descends to a 90s throwback. The openly out singer croons out about love’s addiction. 88 Ninety’s take on the soulful tune is what they describe as “dope house pop” and if Feehily’s musical return after an 18 month hiatus is anything like this, you can expect great things.
Nicki Minaj — “The Night is Still Young”
I unabashedly have so much love for this track. Minaj captures the essence of having a night of fun. Whether pouring drinks for you and your friends or just hanging out with a few pals, this song is pure unadulterated pop.
Zedd & Jon Bellion — “Beautiful Now”
What starts as haunting transitions into your average progressive thumping tune. Jon Bellion’s feature crafts one of Zedd’s better tunes, and releasing it as a single to promote True Colors is a representation of uncertainty in love and life. The lyrics detail that current circumstances that might never occur again, and it’s best to live in the moment.
Alesso & Roy English — “Cool”
Previously featured on here, the Kylie-sampled track is without a doubt a jam that’ll get you pumped up for the day. Solely built around the piano melody from “Get Outta My Way,” Alesso’s Forever track is a tune to love.
Giorgio Moroder & Charli XCX — “Diamonds”
It was hard narrowing down which track to put from Moroder’s upcoming album, Déjá Vu, given that guest artists range from Kylie, Britney Spears, and Sia to Matthew Koma, Kelis and Markus Schulz. While I anticipate the release of Moroder’s first output in thirty years, I thought the Charli XCX feature made for one of the more upbeat and energetic songs on this playlist.
Dannii Minogue — “Summer of Love (Rich B and Phil Marriott Radio Edit)”
I know, a cliché title, but it is extremely fitting. This remix serves as a momentous event in the younger Minogue’s discography. Given a makeover — the new treatment becomes more suitable for festivals and that sort of ilk — and it is glorious. The deep house original received some love from us and when a batch of remixes became public, the track grew into more house music suitable for any event. Now that summer has approached, this titular song celebrates moments in life.
Kylie Minogue — “Love at First Sight (Steve Anderson Kiss Me Once Studio Version)”
I tried keeping this list full of relatively newer songs, but Steve Anderson posted his latest remix of Kylie’s classic a few months ago. Performed on tour, Anderson revamped the song from its synthpop origins to an even heavier electronic inspired remix. Per Minogue standard, I wanted to end this playlist on a euphoric note and “Love at First Sight” serves that purpose. There’s nothing more exciting than feeling love in the air.