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Summer brings a mood and so does our summery playlist. Mind you, summer tunes don’t have to bang on about the sun all the time. It doesn’t all need to be Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ and a load of old Beach Boys cuts (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Summer music just needs to be full of warmth and the lift that the season brings. Summer music needs levity and brightness. If it has that, the song can even be about a “Moonshine Freeze” (whatever that is), for Brit alt-folker This Is The Kit has just the right, easy, hazy attitude to her music, topped off with bubbly, blissed out keys. Perfect for summer.

That said, our playlist opener, ‘Cold Beer’, by Portsmouth singer Jerry Williams is a witty, bouncy ode to a chilled beverage on a hot day (although it’s also about flaky blokes). Sometimes, when it all gets too close, it’s useful to pause for a moment too. Dublin singer Ailhbe Reddy sings a sad tale, slows things down but she does so over a Balearic groove that has beachside written all over it. Meanwhile London act Shy Luv, remixed by Berlin-based Korean DJ-producer Peggy Gou, amp up that tropical throb for ‘Time’, and sisters Jagara also embrace an electronic drum pattern for their equally easy ‘Let Me Go’, which has a kind of Kate Bush-goes-to Ibiza vibe about it.

Don’t worry, though, we’ve some summery classics mingled in too. Who can resist Sly & the Family Stone’s deathless stunner ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime’, simply sayin’ it like it is. Future Islands breakthrough song ‘Seasons’ is also absolutely busting with sunny feeling, and then there’s an equally upbeat number from Smash Mouth. And as for Van Morrison’s ‘Summertime in England’, well, it’s self-explanatory (and 15 minutes long!).

So check the ice cube trays are full in the freezer, pour a cold one, put some speakers outside, wherever you are, and hit play. Let the summertime do the rest.

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