Now that school is over for most, many people are celebrating the end of the year. Whether you are graduating this year, you got your vaccine, or even going on a trip, many of us have gotten to a place in our lives where life is slowly starting to readjust. While this summer won’t be back to 100% just yet, there is nothing better than strolling in the good weather with good tunes. So, I’d thought I would take the time and share a few albums that will definitely make an appearance on my summer playlist.
- Boy Pablo’s Wachito Rico
Boy Pablo is one of those artists where you might know a couple singles, but might not know what they look like or when they even popped up on the scene. I personally started listening to him my senior year of high school after I heard one of his more popular singles “Dance, Baby!” I would categorize his music as more indie pop/rock, but I also believe that his sound appeals to people who listen to genres other than that. His debut album Wachito Rico came out October 2020, but the tracks on this album remind me so much of summer. Singles like “hey girl” or “leave me alone!” sound like something that I would listen to on a bike ride around the lake. “i hope she loves me back” and “honey” are slower and more yearning, but still sound like car ride jams down L.S.D.
- Wizkid’s Made in Lagos
Wizkid has been in the business for quite some time as this being his 4th studio album, but he really brought the heat in this project. The album, also coming out in October of 2020, has some of the grooviest Afro beats. He has a ton of great features included in this project, such as Burna Boy in “Ginger (one of my personal favorites), Skepta in “Longtime”, and H.E.R. in “Smile”. Unlike many artists, he actually included a lot of features, with more of his songs including another artist vs. a solo track. Songs like, “True Love” and “Mighty Wine” definitely encapsulate the great sounds of Lagos and almost makes you think about booking a trip across oceans!
- 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode 2
This project is a personal favorite of mine, as the first Savage Mode is a classic and the second one lived up to its standards. This album is nothing less of what I expected, and 21 Savage and Metro Booomin make a great duo. This project came out October 2020 as well (what a coincidence) and was executively produced by Metro of course (with the help of producers like Southside, C.NO.T.E., etc.). This album has some of Metro’s work in my opinion, and 21 matched the energy. While pitchfork and other critics gave it average ratings, I think this album is the vibe for the summer for sure. Tracks such as “Steppin on N*****” , “Brand New Draco”, and “Mr. Right Now” ft. Drake gives fans that hype trap sound that 21 Savage and Metro Boomin embody marvelously. I think my favorite part of the album, however, has to be the transition between “Runnin” and “Glock In My Lap”. Morgan Freeman narrating the album was also something I thought was really creative.
- Bren Joy’s Twenties (Deluxe)
Another upcoming artist, Bren Joy’s voice is therapeutic. The deluxe of Twenties came out April 2021, almost 2 years after the original release of the LP. This Nashville native combines his very smooth voice with a lot of different types of sounds, and he makes it work without it sounding super forced. A song like “Multiply” sounds like a 90s R&B love ballad, but a song like “Lil Rich” encapsulates a poppy type of sound. I really appreciate how versatile he is. My favorite tracks on this songs would have to be, “Fiji Fine” (a feel good song), “Twenties” (a super jazzy song) and “Insecure”, a track that features Pink Sweat$ that is a definitely a song listeners probably listening when they are in their feels about a special someone. This album is definitely an easy listen and will put you in whatever mood you’re feeling. Whether it be a rainy day, you need to study music to listen to while taking summer classes (unfortunately me in this specific situation), or you’re just listening to this while running errands, this album is great and I can’t wait to hear more from him.
- The Neighbourhood’s Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones (Deluxe)
This album is one of my personal favorites that came out in 2020. While this project is a good listen for any time in the year, I think people can really appreciate and internalize the music more in the summer. This album originally came out September 2020, but the deluxe came out three months later, adding an additional 4 tracks to the project. This album is truly a no skips type of project, with the band producing what they do best: mix alternative rock with essences of folk, funk, and pop. This album is perfect for the summer because it is full of electric guitar and substance; two things I consider when listening to music in the summer. Songs like “Pretty Boy” and “Here We Go Again” are way more chill and slow, but the lyricism is amazing. The lead singer, Jesse Rutherford, shows his personality in songs like “Stargazing”, “Devil’s Advocate”, and “BooHoo”, which is just bubbly but with a bit of a kick. My personal favorites would have to be “The Mono-Tones” and “Lost in Translation”, but to be fair I cannot even choose.
These are just some of the few projects that I have incorporated into my playlist, but whether you put it in your playlist or just save a couple of songs, I hope you get a chance to check these projects out!