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Indie88’s songs of the summer

We’re in peak summer, and what better way to celebrate than by listening to your favourite summery tracks?

Are you on the hunt for a new soundtrack to your summer? Luckily for you, the Indie88 staff has put together a list of their favourite tunes to listen to on a hot day. Check out Indie88’s songs of the summer below.

Wintersleep – “Never Let You Go”

Chosen By: Lana Gay, Indie88 Host

Danceable jams are often synonymous with summer songs, but I feel like this is the campfire gem you shouldn’t sleep on. Though, let’s be honest, it’s filled with existentialism about climate change, it ALSO has the right balance of holding on to summer love with the fear time is running out, and how you’ll leave your mark and memories all wrapped up in one sweet singalong. – Lana

Robyn – “Dancing On My Own”

Chosen By: Josie Dye, Indie88 Host

“Dancing On My Own” by Robyn will always be my perfect summer song. It makes me feel like I’m living in the ’80s listening to Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose.” It’s an amazing workout/chill-out song. – Josie

Valley – “There’s Still a Light in the House”

Chosen By: Carlin Burton, Indie88 Host

Valley is my favorite band to come out of the GTA lately. Turn on any song they’ve released and you will hear how incredibly talented the songwriters in this band are as they meticulously produce the type of layered songs that sound like a carefully crafted piece of art. They deserve all the attention they’re about to get. If you haven’t heard us play it yet, check out “There’s Still a Light in the House” or literally any song from their catalog. – Carlin

Fidlar – “By Myself”

Chosen By: Brent Albrecht, Indie88 Host

This song is one of the wackiest things Fidlar has ever done, in a GOOD way. I like to describe it as “if sugar ray and Fidlar made a musical baby together.” Reading that statement you’d think it would suck, but it’s very much the opposite. It’s super summery sounding, great to have a drink to, and combines early ’90s pop with all of Fidlar’s gritty vocals. *chefs kiss*! – Brent

Tomb Mold – “Heat Death”

Chosen By: Dave Kennedy, Digital Producer

This crushing death metal anthem from Toronto’s own Tomb Mold is perfect for those scorching summer afternoons where I am slowly roasted alive by a relentlessly blistering sun. When they find me, all that remains is a pile of bone dust, an empty coconut with a straw in it, and the words “i ❤ summah” scrawled on the decrepit concrete. – Dave

Jonas Blue feat. JP Cooper – “Perfect Strangers”

Chosen By: Katrina Lat, Account Manager

Jonas Blue headlined the first music festival of my summer 2019, and this song has been stuck in my head ever since. What could be more summery than a tropical house/pop tune about falling in love with perfect strangers? – Kat

Maggie Rogers – “Burning”

Chosen By: Filip Zivkov, Producer

With how sticky the weather has been this Summer, it only seems fitting. Maggie’s whole album Heard It In A Past Life is a gem, but this song specifically is bright, fun and just feels like a daytime festival. It reminds me of the best type of “Summah” weather – a hot sun and cool breeze background – which is why it’s my summer bop. – Filip

Men I Trust – “Norton Commander (All We Need)”

Chosen By: Brandon Ripco, Administrative & Promotions Coordinator

Droned out bass lines and smokey vocals! This is the perfect song for anyone walking home from a late sweaty night in the city. – Brandon

Tame Impala – “Borderline”

Chosen By: Ashley Kubbinga, Promotions Manager

Song and concert of the summer. It’s a great track for those lazy sunny days at the park, or on a patio. Gives you all the warm sunny vibes. – Ashley

Diarrhea Planet – “Heat Wave”

Chosen By: Scott Lewis, Director of Digital Media

Nothing beats short cans of beer on a hot summer day. Pizza metal gods Diarrhea Planet’s “Heat Wave” provides the ultimate soundtrack to throw back a few Coldie Hawns while navigating the dog days. – Scott

Janis Joplin – “Summertime”

Chosen By: Keith Davis, Account Manager

The power of her voice and the fuzz from the music reminds me of a hot summer night. You can hear the peepers/cicadas and you want to dance slowly with your partner barefoot in the grass under the stars. – Keith

Dr. Dog – “Do The Trick”

Chosen By: Chelsea Brimstin, Digital Media Producer

This song literally just screams “SUMMER.” With the bop-worthy instrumental lines, groovy bass, and catchy, endearingly monotone vocals, you’ll find yourself dancing along to this track on a hot summer day. I really just want to listen to this song while drinking a blue raspberry slushy on my walk home from a day at the beach. – Chelsea

Childish Gambino – “Summertime Magic”

Chosen By: Jordan Hennessey, Account Manager

My go to when the mercury hits 25 is “Summertime Magic” by Childish Gambino. Each hit of the steel drum is likely a cooling bead of sweat at the lake, or being at the watering hole and trading glances with a summer crush. Even on the coldest of days, it takes me to warmer climates in my head. It cures the winters blues and makes any summer day better. – Jordan (the self-proclaimed magician)

Tame Impala – “Desire Be Desire Go”

Chosen By: Patrick Topping, Digital Sales & Partnerships Manager

Tame Impala’s first album InnerSpeaker is a hazy, tumbling mix of sweat and dirt. This song takes me back to swimming in a pool late at night on the 4th of July, with the smell of burnt black powder from fireworks in the warm air. – Patrick

Sure Sure – “Warm Animal”

Chosen By: Chiara Bellini, Account Executive

This song makes me feel like I’m in a park on a warm Sunday afternoon, taking the best nap of my life. I could listen to it a thousand times and still want to listen to it a thousand more. – Chiara

Jai Paul – Every song on Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)

Chosen By: Lana Gay, Indie88 Host

Jai Paul’s stolen/leaked unfinished album from 2013 is finally streaming and hopefully a silver lining for him (or at least those of us with dodgy old mp3s of it.) Revisit the whole dang record, it’s an entire summer jam. – Lana

Van Morrison – “And It Stoned Me”

Chosen By: Taylor Beatty, Account Executive

I can remember being a kid and watching my folks enjoy this song at the cottage. I knew that they really loved each other and it felt great. – Taylor

The Drew Thomson Foundation – “Pace Yourself”

Chosen By: Carlin Burton, Indie88 Host

I wanted to do two because this song is a friggen anthem! I’ve played it about 3-million times over the past month an a half and I’m still not sick of it. Check out “Pace Yourself” by The Drew Thomson Foundation if you’re ready to get addicted to a song that ends way too quickly. – Carlin
Listen to the playlist in full below!


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