We are at the height of summer and hopefully you have been enjoying sun and swimming, beaches and BBQs, and family and friends. Whatever summer activities you may partake in, it’s important to have a set of summer jams! Although, I’m sure there will be additional gems before the season is up, I have put together my top 10 summer song discoveries of 2013.

In no particular order:

1.     “Take Me” – Rufus

Time to party on the beach with some tropical indie dance

2.     “Sunny Lemonade” – 813

This light and bouncy summer trap number calls for celebration with an ice-cold beverage.

3.     “It’s You” – Blonde

If you are looking for a bright 90’s influenced house jam, look no further

4.     “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang (Metic’s Summertime Bootleg)” – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

Chilled out rework to a g-funk classic

5.     “Stolen Dance” – Milky Chance

German singer/songwriter drops folky guitar vibes with a light thumping beat

6.     “Mind Mischief (Ducktails Remix)” – Tame Impala

Relax to this hazy and dubbed out remix

7.     “Sequatchie Eve” – Kodak To Graph

Dreamy and relaxing- a perfect ending to a summer day.

8.     “The Guesser” – Temples

Neo-psych rock duo put their spin on 60’s rock/pop sounds

9.      “Sweet Melody” – Nora En Pure

An uplifting and harmonious track to dance into the summer night

10.  “Skirts” – The Other Tribe

Although this track was actually released last year, I didn’t find out about it until recently and I think it really deserves the extra attention. Hailing from the UK, these boys fuse indie dance, UK bass culture and driving percussion to create a catchy summer hit that just makes you want to let go and just dance. Watch the following video, and tell me you don’t want to paint your body neon and rage?

As you may have noticed, many of these artists are not familiar names which just go to show how much great music there is waiting to be discovered and shared. These songs are perfect for programs that like fresh, cutting-edge and up-and-coming indie and electronic music. Some of these tracks would go well in indie focused Core programs like Subterranean and Perimeter.

– Submitted by Jesse Nathason, Music Design