WGSN’s Global Summer Playlist 2017

As we’re right in the middle of festival season (our editors attended New York’s Governor’s Ball and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound earlier this month) and the start of summer is here, we asked our global content team for their favourite songs of the moment. From New York to Los Angeles and London, these are the the best songs to listen to right now.

“The Order of Time” by Valerie June

“My boyfriend and I always have music on in the house, and he is usually the one choosing the tunes, so I’m constantly asking “Who is this? What is this?” This song is a new favourite of mine because it’s good for any scenario—a dinner party, a lazy Sunday morning, or ambient background music while working. It’s very versatile.” – Allyson Rees, Senior Editor, Retail Lifestyles

“Ocean City” by Pacific Coliseum

“Ridiculously summery lo-fi house track. Piña colada anyone? The track appeared on YouTube tastemaker channel Slav a couple of months ago where it has been streamed over 100,000 times. It’s also had a sold out cassette release on Coastal Haze.” – Matt Poile, Sub Editor

“Rolex” by Ayo & Teo

“Rolex will definitely be one of the inescapable summer anthems that you’ll hear so many times you’ll subconsciously know all of the words by September. The bass slaps and the energy is palpable.” – Rachael Dimit, Trend Consultant

“On The Level” by Mac DeMarco

“DeMarco returns with the perfect summer slow jam. Though it’s a bit more introspective and less playful than usual, Mac still serenades us with soft vocals making this record still feel irresistable. I think it’s the perfect track to Zen out to on the sand or play in the background while someone fires up the grill. He’ll be at Gov Ball playing his new album This Old Dog, that he released early last month – and to be honest I’m dying inside because I won’t be able to see it live.” –  Quentin Humphrey, Associate Editor, City by City

“More Love” A Playlist By Vacations (full playlist here)

“Promoted by Drake’s own OVO Sound, this playlist from Vacations (aka Brooklyn-based DJ and producer John McSwain) combines tracks from the Canadian rapper’s More Life with classic hits from singer Sade. Titled More Love, the playlist is a perfect soundtrack for late summer nights.” –  Jackie Chiquoine, Associate Editor, Retail Intelligence

“Rich Soul” by Avelino

“I LOVE AVELINO. He’s my new favourite rap artist of this era. Very Millennial, rooted in real issues and a sort of activist as a lyricist. I love his message #nobadenergy spread through his album debut, which is comprises his rich velvety voice, dance-worthy beats and catchy melodies. He makes rap contemporary, relevant and accessible to a more diverse range of young consumers. Rich Soul is strong entry due to its quirky buzzwords and is about self-love, which I fully subscribe to!” – Alix Blankson, Consumer Insights Editor, Insight

“Truth Is a Beautiful Thing” by London Grammar

My first experience of seeing London Grammar live was in a stuffy tent at Glastonbury’s 2013 festival, since then I have fallen in love with the band. The beautiful and melodic vocals of Hannah Reid are absolutely out of this world (it actually gives me goosebumps). Their soulful rhythms really allow you to relax during those sunny Sundays in the garden. The band’s latest tour announcement (second album due for release in June) has sold out, highlighting London Grammar’s popular appeal, especially in the UK. Although some of the tracks are very deep and thought provoking, this is balanced out with more happy and tranquil tones. If you haven’t checked them out yet, then DO IT NOW!!! Start with the band’s first album (If You Wait) and listen to Metal & Dust and Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me for that perfect lounge vibe.” – Dan Bisson, Editor Of Footwear & Accessories

“Don’t Kill My Vibe” – Sigrid

“Norway’s newest music darling Sigrid first burst on the scene a few months ago with her breakout hit ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and I’ve been loving her sounds ever since. I saw her perform a special performance at Gov Ball this past weekend and she was even better live. She also has great style and the aesthetics of her music video are really on point. Excited to see where she goes from here.” – Sara Radin, Youth Culture Editor

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