July has been a hot month for weather and music. Today's Push Play is a list of songs that I stumbled upon this past month and could not keep to myself. Luckily, this playlist is one of the very few things you will not need sunblock to enjoy this summer.
1) "C O O L – DJ Sliink Remix" by Le Youth
In the early summer of 2013, Ohio native Le Youth released this song, which in turn was so positively received on Soundcloud that Ultra Records picked the track up and released it under the Cool EP the following month. DJ Sliink's remix is one of many that were later released, but it's surely the best. It is a club-oriented track that draws images of dancing in a big, open, dark room with hundreds of people.
2) "Tired of Talking – A-Trak & Cory Enemy Remix" by LÉON
Brother to one-half of Chromeo, A-Trak comes from a line of the musically talented. His nearly 20 years in the industry have included feats such as being Kanye West's personal tour DJ, founding Fool's Gold Records and becoming the youngest ever DMC World DJ Champion at just 15 years old. With the help of Los Angeles producer Cory Enemy, A-Trak turned the soft and elegant original song of Swedish pop star LÉON into an insanely catchy and saxophone-ridden house track.
3) "Say It Again" by Frances
Sophie Frances Cooke took her middle name as a stage name for her debut song, "Fire May Save You" back in 2014. Prior to joining the industry, she studied music in her home country of England at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. Last November, she was nominated for BBC's "Best Sound of 2016," shortly preceded by a nomination for the BRIT Awards' Critics Choice Award. If she continues to release music as good as this new track, those awards are sure to be hers.
4) "Technically Single" by Tayler Buono
In the vein of Justin Bieber, this 22-year-old pop star rose to fame through the YouTube videos she posted over several years. In 2014, the Orlando-based singer-songwriter won Florida's Grammy Showcase. She began releasing singles shortly thereafter. As for this track's inspiration, Buono told Teen Vogue, "It's about being stuck in that gray, awkward stage of being more than friends but not really in a relationship … I basically just read my text messages and put them in the song."
5) "All Over – Bear//Face Remix" by CRUISR
Rising indie band CRUISR was initially the name of a solo act hailing from the Philadelphia bedroom of lead singer Andy States. The first EP as a band came in 2014. All Over was a three-piece sample of the coming vibes of the band. Shortly after, they were put on North American tour with The 1975, and they've since shared stages with Joywave, Imagine Dragons and Bleachers. This remix by British producer Bear//Face is the complete opposite of hollow; it is chock-full of resonating chords that just make you want to dance.
6) "Sunset Lover" by Petit Biscuit
This 16-year-old producer hails from Rouen, France. At his young age, he has managed to garner a sizable 121,000 followers on his Soundcloud page, where this song has amassed a total of 14.6 million plays since its release last year. Recently, he opened for ODESZA for a couple stops of their In Return World Tour. This young Frenchman has a promising future in music ahead of him.
7) "Cruel" by Snakehips feat. Zayn
After the release of "All My Friends" featuring Chance the Rapper and Tinashe last fall, this British electronic duo has been gaining a lot of buzz. Oliver Lee and James Carter have also done remixes for Bondaz, Banks, The Weeknd and more. "Cruel" is their newest single, featuring boy band member-turned-rising solo artist, Zayn. It is such a banger you may have to listen to it a few times over before moving on in this playlist.
8) "Caroline" by Aminé
Portland-based artist Aminé is brand new to the music scene. This track debuted in March, and a few months later he was featured on Karma Kid's newest EP. However, that is the extent of his releases. It is not clear what the future has in store for this rising artist, but it's sure to be quite a bright path.
9) "Numbers" by Kaptan
This Nashville-based indie band aptly calls their style of music "shimmery indie pop." Their newest song "Numbers" feels like a shimmery blanket of synth. It drives straight into pure pop charisma, but in a way that does not feel like an entire regurgitated genre. Kaptan is definitely one to keep an eye on in the coming year.
As the final month of summer break approaches, be sure to soak up the sun with these blazing tracks.