Summer is finally here! To kick off the new season, we’ve chosen ten of the sunniest instrumental-based songs around. These are tracks to play while getting ready to go out, driving to the beach, playing Can Jam or simply relaxing in the back yard with a barbecue and a good group of friends. We’ve stored up a few surprises, as 8 of these tracks make their site debut in this feature! So grab the towel, the cooler and the listening device, and enjoy! A happy and healthy summer to all of our readers ~ may you be able to handle every wave that comes your way!
Astrobal ~ Everybody loves the sunrise (Karaoke Kalk)
Waking up is tough, but when a beautiful vacation day beckons, all it takes is a cup of coffee and an open blind to get one started. The first half of the track is quiet, but the song bursts into bloom at the halfway mark.
Smileswithteeth ~ Now It’s Thunders
Bring on the cowbells! This track bursts with exuberance and sounds like a house filled with happy children. Who cares if it’s thundering outside? It’s thundering inside.
Lapsihymy ~ Everything is holy!
Young Finnish sensation Lapsihymy has already released four EPs this year, enough to comprise an album. This is from his third ~ a soothing, laid-back track that exudes calm.
Bassnectar ~ Reaching Out
One of three lead tracks from this week’s new Bassnectar album, “Reaching Out” is a perfect mood setter for the remainder of the set ~ a sci-fi beat blast meant to put listeners into orbit.
Lo Tide ~ Hustle (Nuages)
The artist’s moniker says it all. Low tide brings the waves, the bodysurfing, the beach glass, the sand. And the vibraphone of this piece provides it with a super summer vibe.
Gold Panda ~ Time Eater (City Slang)
Gold Panda’s Japanese sojourn bleeds into his music, never more apparent than on the chimes of “Time Eater”, which makes a fine introduction to the new album, Good Luck and Do Your Best.
Robin Buyer Sextet ~ Shelter (Odd Gift)
The lead single from the sextet’s debut album Leave is a sunny slice of jazz-pop-rock, highlighted by horns and a sense of confidence seldom heard this early in a band’s career.
Factory Floor ~ Dial Me In (DFA)
The album won’t be out until August, but until then, we’ve got this dark club teaser, marked by steady drums, insistent bass and a sense of slow-growing energy.
Quantum Milkshake ~ Colossal Opening
This Australian mega-band contains dozens of members on orchestral and groove instruments, and “Colossal Opening” makes a spectacular entrance to their new album Determination. This is the sound of everything happening at once, with a nod to early Chicago.
Le Gros Ballon ~ Iceberg, Stop! (casamedusa/Hashtag)
With this title, one would expect the song to be wintry; instead, it’s a summer stormer, a pure piece of post-rock party music, replete with bass drums, handclaps, horns, la-la-las and the sound of water.