My favorite beach!Cool Music For Hot Days
To the left is my favorite beach in the world: Kailua Beach in SE Oahu.  My friends live in walking distance of this beach, which offers great surfing near the Mokes (Mokulua Islands) and incredible bodysurfing year-round.  This is what I picture when I think of summer.  No matter where I am, I want music that brings my mind to this place.

The reaction to our feature Summer Music Preview: Ten Tracks That Sound Like Summer tells me that many people feel the same.  By far our most-viewed post of the month, it laid the groundwork for a host of summer releases, many of which are found below.  The Modern Composition category dominated our review section, as the Top Five most popular reviews all covered music with piano and strings:  Moon Ate the Dark, Cello + Laptop, Tania Giannouli Ensemble, Hior Chronik and Tiny Leaves.

Great music pours into our office on a daily basis.  We’ll never be able to review it all, so we hope that you will peruse the list below to hear your new favorites before they come out.  If you like something, be sure to click on the sample to be led to the site on which it appears.  This page is constantly updated as publicists, labels and artists send us announcements.  Thank you to all of our readers, artists and labels, and best wishes for a happy summer!

Erik Nilsson ~ Hearing Things (Hidden Shoal, 30 July)

Mike Nigro ~ Mental Thaw (A Giant Fern, 30 July)

Yves Malone ~ Golden Twilight of the Black Sun (A Giant Fern, 30 July)

Haiku Salut ~ Etch and Etch Deep (How Does It Feel to be Loved, 31 July)

Kris Dubinsky & Warmth ~ Nature In Its Forms (Shimmering Moods, 31 July)

Ricardo Donoso ~ Machine to Machine (Denovali, 31 July)

Zander ~ Glowing EP (Shimmering Moods, 31 July)

DrAlienSmith ~ Phosphorous (1 August)

Kammarheit ~ The Next (Cyclic Law, 1 August)

Kave ~ Ominousium (Cyclic Law, 1 August)

Pleq & Giulio Aldinucci ~ The Prelude to (The Long Story Recording Company, 1 August)

Moloq ~ Viscous Pixels (4 August)

Pigeon Breeders ~ Concrescence (4 August)

Bilo 503 ~ Arecibo (Inner Ocean, 5 August)

Dresden ~ Feathers of Ecstasy (Faff Records, 7 August)

Dumbsaint ~ Panorama, in ten pieces (7 August)

Heathered Pearls ~ Body Complex (Ghostly, 7 August)

Miguel Isaza ~ Tempternidad (Dragon’s Eye, 7 August)

Various Artists ~ Internecine: The Vanished Musicians DVD (Internecine, 7 August)

James Wood ~ Eyes Down (The Adult Teeth Recording Company, 10 August)

Troum and raison d’être ~ De Aeris In Sublunaria Influxu (Essence Music, 10 August)

Valiska ~ Repetitions (Bow Bottom Records, 13 August)

The Fierce and the Dead ~ Magnet (14 August)

Flying Hórses ~ Tölt (15 August)

The Black Dog ~ Neither/Neither (Dust Science, 17 August)

Hidden Rivers ~ Where Moss Grows (Serein, 17 August)

Brutter ~ S/T (Hubro, 18 August)

H-ci ~ Arconeon (Offshoot, 21 August)

H.J. Roedelius & Leon Muraglia ~ Ubi Bene (Passus, 21 August)

John Chantler ~ Still Light, Outside (Inventing Zero, 24 August)

Myke Clements ~ No Worry, No Sorrow (25 August)

Erland Dahlen ~ Blossom Bells (Hubro, 28 August)

Laura Cannell ~ Beneath Swooping Talons (Front & Follow, 28 August)

Numinous ~ Changing Same (New Amsterdam, 28 August)

Peter Kris ~ Rim of the World (Spring Break Tapes, August)

Musette ~ A Cosmic Serenade (Häpna, late August)

Blood Room ~ Chroma & Coda (Reject & Fade, late August/early September)

Hallowed Bells ~ Violet Hands (Edible Onion, 1 September)

möström ~ we speak whale (Unrecords, 1 September)

Richard Anthony Jay ~ Written in the Ground EP (Burning Petals, 4 September)

Masayoshi Fujita ~ Apologues (Erased Tapes, 11 September)

Thool ~ S/T EP (DEEK Recordings, 11 September)

Jonas Reinhart ~ Palace Savant (Further Records, 15 September)

Caspian ~ Dust and Disquiet (Triple Crown Records, 25 September)

Dan Truman (performed by Adam Silwinski) ~ Nostalgic Synchronic: Etudes for Prepared Digital Piano (New Amsterdam, 25 September)

Lars Graugaard ~ Venus (Dacapo Records, October)

Jim Perkins ~ Constance (Bigo & Twigetti, 6 October)

Ali Helnwein ~ Strange Creations (9 October)

Donato Dozzy ~ The Loud Silence (Further, 9 October)

Mogwai ~ Central Belters 6LP Box Set (Rock Action, 9 October)

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