At the end of the summer, I love to compile a list of our favourite summer tracks. I only need to hear the opening beats and I’ll instantly be transported back to a certain special moment, event or day ♥ I’ve had so much fun this weekend compiling the list with help from Lil’ L and M. This is the soundtrack that’s going to be keeping me warm over the next few months 😉
1. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It
I was mesmerized the first time I saw AlunaGeorge perform this on a TV show. As soon as it ended, I had to rewind and watch it all over again!
2. Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
I’m loving Disclosure’s album ‘Settle’. It has some great collaborations on it, including this one featuring AlunaGeorge.
3. Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E – Need U (100%)
One of our favourite songs from early summer. I couldn’t believe it when this got to Number 1 in the UK charts! Very bizarre video though!
4. Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle – You & Me
A beautiful track featuring Eliza Doolittle on the vocals ♥
5. Rudimental ft. John Newman & Alex Clare – Not Giving In
We’re huge fans of Rudimental so it was hard to choose just one or two songs to include in the soundtrack. The album ‘Home’ (released this year) is awesome!
6. Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night
We didn’t make it to any festivals this summer, but we recreated the ‘festival feel’ at home instead for Glastonbury, T in the Park and Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’, featuring Ella Eyre on vocals, would be sure to get us bouncing round the lounge! Their performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend can been seen here. Lil’ L finds the official video really inspiring. It features San Francisco born BMX champion and actor – Kurt Yaeger, who became an amputee after an accident in 2006.
7. Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
A friend gave me an ITunes voucher for my birthday last year and I saved it to buy the Daft Punk album ‘Random Access Memories’ this summer. It’s the first album they’ve released in 8 years. I absolutely love it and listen to it most days.
8. Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La
Lil’ L has been humming this song all summer 😉 The video is pretty bizarre. It’s based on a Bolivian legend about a deaf boy that flees from his abusive home, and later discovers that he has a special talent of perceiving people’s troubles, which he can heal by screaming! You can read more about it here.
9. Emeli Sande ft. Naughty Boy – Daddy
So hard to choose just one or two Emeli Sande songs for this soundtrack! I’m loving her collaborations with Rudimental and Naughty Boy. This track was released in 2011 but I’ve been playing it loads this summer, so it seemed fitting to include it.
10. Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sande – Wonder
Naughty Boy started his music career in his parents’ garden shed, then managed to buy the equipment he needed to start recording after winning £44,000 on the TV show ‘Deal or No Deal’! He’s a fantastic songwriter and record producer. He’s got a strong working relationship with Emeli Sande, and produces and co-writes a lot of her tracks.
11. Chvrches – The Mother We Share
No, that’s not a spelling mistake… it’s pronounced ‘churches’ but they spell it with a v! They’re an electropop band from Glasgow, featuring the vocals of Lauren Mayberry. It’s a great track but be warned, there’s one use of strong language in this video :/
12. Hot Natured & Ali Love – Benediction
An uplifting deep house track with an oldskool vibe that I just can’t get enough of this summer!
13. London Grammar – Hey Now
Time to slow the tempo down a touch. Here’s an ambient haunting track by English indie pop trio London Grammar that’s been playing all summer long in our house.
14. AlunaGeorge – Kaleidoscope Love (Live at Nouveau Casino, Paris, May 2013)
This is my favourite track from AlunaGeorge’s album ‘Body Music’. They’re playing at the O2 Academy in Bristol on Sunday 20th October. If I’m lucky, I might get to see them 😉
15. Rudimental ft. Foxes – Right Here
I’m cheekily squeezing in one more Rudimental track 😉 This one features beautiful vocals by English singer and songwriter, Foxes. Lil’ L finds the video really moving. It was shot at the Theravada Buddhist ‘Tiger Temple’ in Western Thailand.
So that’s our Summer soundtrack for 2013. The full playlist can be accessed directly from YouTube.
I’d love to hear what you guys have been listening to this summer! Have you got a favourite track that sums up your summer? Do you find (like me) that songs can transport you back to a particular moment in time?