All of us who work at RouteNote love music and the beauty of it is that everyone’s tastes are different. Some of the team came together to share their favourite songs that get them ready to run to the sun, lay on the beach, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the Summer Season. Here’s the Routenote team’s sound for the Summer.
Mac DeMarco – One Another
Who else but big Mac! Video says it all, just treat life with one big laugh and keep smiling in the sunshine. Roll on down to that beach and turn up this absolute peach.
L I P S – Apartment
This is truly my favourite track of the year so far, in my opinion it is the musical embodiment of pure bliss. Both nostalgic yet inspirationally eye opening, it will take you back to dreamy times once forgotten while leaving you wanting to delve further into the shoe-gazey/dream-pop pit and see what other gems are hiding in the cracks. Although these guys are fairly new kids on the block, i feel that they have a long and fruitful journey ahead of them, keep your eyes firmly peeled for L I P S.
Loathe – Servant and Master
I chose Servant and Master by Loathe – they’re one of the greatest up-and-coming metal bands in the UK and write some of the most brutal and intense riffs i’ve ever heard. Also it makes you do that horrible face.
Drinks – In the Night Kitchen
I discovered Drinks earlier this year when their new album Hippo Lite released and featured in, I think, The Guardian. I’m never sure what it is that draws me in to listen to a new album but something about this one looked right to me. I listened from start to finish in awe. The beautiful melancholy of this track takes me to a place where dark and light can co-exist and subterranean rhythms keep the world turning.
Tiquie River / Japura River – Philip Glass & Uakti
I like this song-combo in the summer because it has pipes in it and in the summer I love ridin’ sick tubes-n-pipes.
Neffex – Chance
Heard this song few months back in my quest for finding new music. Great tune to get some motivation and drive in your life. Drive yourself to greatness use music as motivation. This is my summer song. Enjoy it just like I still am.
The Mars Volta – Viscera Eyes
The Summer Season’s here again but I sit Mystified
The Shining Sun had bought an Obligation to Provide
A Song considered Suitable to Satisfy the Blog
But I’m afraid the Exercise turned out to be a Slog
There had to be a Melody and it had to be Blast.
An Anthem of Adventure that spoke of Summer’s Past.
But I can’t invoke the Beaches Buried under Summer Skies.
So screw it here’s Mars Volta with their song Viscera Eyes.
Open Mike Eagle – 95 Radios
“Brick Body Kids Still Daydream” came out in September of last year and I didn’t hear it until around Christmas. For the most part it’s a harsh, tough, challenging album, but there’s a few tracks on it that sounded like summer, even when first listening to it in the middle of winter. “95 Radios” is a lovely, chill track that’s nostalgic for relaxed days with old friends, and it suits hot lazy summer evenings perfectly.
alt-j – Deadcrush (Ben de Vries Remix)
This track is the top bananas, the highest mangoes, the prime kiwi, that juicy fruit that goes in your Pimms. Its deliciously refreshing in every way.
Lianne La Havas – Midnight
Lianne La Havas is a massively cool lady with great vibes and smiles all around. This is an absolute tuuune for driving and singing along in the sun or chilling at the beach – 10/10 would recommend to a friend 👌
Portishead – Strangers
Dummy is an album that will pacify you in the summer heat, the heat that makes you dumb. Did you realise, no one can see inside your view?
Joan Armatrading – This is Not That
It’s an uplifting but refreshingly honest track. For me it’s some kind of self acceptance, feeling however you want regardless of the expectation or social norm and being cool with that.
Thirdstory – Over (When We Said Goodbye)
This track comes from one of my favourite groups, it’s smooth and full of soul. Perfect for a chill summer drive, a barbie with friends or a romantic night in with your other half. I really hope you enjoy this track and spread the love.
Metronomy – The Look
I kept hearing this track around and not knowing who it was, then i heard it at the queens of the stone age gig at the Eden Project in St Austell and thought they must like it too!That’s cool :slightly_smiling_face: That was also an amazing gig with amazing atmosphere. Then I heard it on the radio on the way back and it quickly became the theme to my week! Its like the best kind of cheese mixed with summer fun in the sun!
The Knife – Pass This On
Choosing a single track from ‘Deep Cuts’ by The Knife was a difficult task. On an album with ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘You Take My Breath Away’, choosing a track with steel drums at the forefront may seem odd, but basically, it’s a club banger…
Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
Courtney makes me happier than a bowl of sunshine on a rainy day. She is a cereal killer hit maker and her record label Milk Records always deliver crunchy delights.
Grouch in Dub – Focal 101 (feat. Dub Princess)
This track is one of my recent favourites. This is one great track from an amazing album.
Cindytalk – It’s Luxury
Beaches, babes and beers.
Neurodriver – Red Sky
Just sums up summer for me. Drink in my hand on a festival dancefloor throwing some shapes haha!
Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly
I wanted to pick a song that has nothing going for it other than a good ole’ ridiculous nonsensical fun. That has no agenda about it and represents music being fun for the sake of fun, because that is the attitude you should use whilst your are making your music. Miles away from actually being a Galantis fan, I do feel as if this pick is an example of music doing what it should be doing, for me anyway. Fun music with no hidden messages, stuff that’ll make a party more silly, loosen you up and be ridiculous, pull no punches and and just make you move. My playlists are full of cringe worthy bubble-gum pop like this and I am not ashamed to admit it.
Pnau – Changa
Just cause it’s well fun!
Chinese Man – Shikantaza
This song reminds me of drinking gin in the sun, getting weird and trying to dance like the badger in the video.
Honne – Me & You
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee
Recently discovered these guys but this song in particular is definitely gonna get lots of repeats this summer. Super chill, super vibey.
George Fitzgerald – Burns
I’ve always admired how Fitzgerald manages to develop such emotion and tension in his music, this track being a perfect example.