The August Playlist

Posted on by Zoe

With the beginning of a new month comes a fresh new playlist, and this month, I’ve culled a pretty diverse roster of songs for you all to jam to. On your way to a festival, poolside tanning, getting ready to go out or just journeying to work - I’m hoping I’ve covered every August eventuality with this month’s set of warm-weather songs.

For me, these nine songs are acting as the perfect antidote to the slew of on-repeat radio anthems, so if any of you are suffering from summer song fatigue (is anyone else sick of ‘Blurred Lines’ yet?), I hope this playlist helps you see the season out with a bang.

Don’t forget to download the playlist onto your phone via Spotify for some on-the-go sonic goodness.

1. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD - AFRAID

First up, my current favourite by California skater boys The Neighbourhood, who are probably the coolest-looking band I’ve seen in a very long time. Moody and atmospheric, ‘Afraid’ is the second single from debut album I Love You, and will keep you chilled out when you’re beachside. Check out ‘Sweater Weather’, too, for an extra hit of hip-hop vibes, and if only I lived in the states, because they’ll be going out on a US tour with Imagine Dragons in September.

2. ARCTIC MONKEYS - DO I WANNA KNOW?

These cheeky Sheffield monkeys are still riding the wave of their Glastonbury success, and rightly so. With a just-released NME front cover and a new album, releasing on September 9th, it’s all very exciting again for the Arctic Monkeys. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ shows us that they’ve still got it, after the rather anti-climactic sound of 2011 album Suck It And See. This song, in particular, also showcases Alex Turner’s true talent for writing lyrics. It’s good to have them back.

3. HAIM - GO SLOW

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every song that sister group HAIM have released, but when I watched Danielle, Este and Alana perform ‘Go Slow’ in the BBC Three Treehouse at Glastonbury, I was in awe. I’ve probably listened to every single live version of this song ever uploaded on YouTube (no studio version as of yet - hurry up with that album, ladies!), and this version at the iTunes festival takes some beating. I do have a soft spot for the acoustic rendition of this track, though, so go and listen to the version they did for Spotify sessions too!

4. HAERTS - WINGS

Brooklyn-based band Haerts’ first single ‘Wings’ hits the summer spot right on with its gorgeous, synth overlays and drum beats that just yell out a likening to Fleetwood Mac. Since I first heard this, I can’t seem to get the melody out of my head. How’s that for a summer anthem?

5. LORDE - TENNIS COURT

Lorde has caught both my ears with her attitude-laced lyrics and uber-cool voice…and she’s just 16 years old. If the song doesn’t mesmerise you, then I’m sure the video for this song will! I also recommend a listen to her vibey, meditative Tennis Court EP to take the heat down a notch.

6. BIRDY - WINGS

Speaking of meditative, this lady is my new favourite songbird. I didn’t really catch up with the hype that surrounded Birdy on her first album, but now I get it. The first single from her second album Fire Within is ‘Wings’, and it’s been on repeat ever since I first heard it. Haunting vocals that give me chills like I haven’t had in years, and a melody reminiscent of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’, this song will be the soundtrack to my August, without a doubt.

7. LONDON GRAMMAR - STRONG

If you’re after something super low-key, I urge you to give London Grammar’s latest single ‘Strong’ a listen. Hannah Reid’s vocals both shock and calm at the same time, and laced with a delicately layered bed of instruments makes for an arresting and hauntingly beautiful track.

8. ALUNAGEORGE - THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

I blogged about this song back on my review of Liverpool Sound City where London duo AlunaGeorge played, and I was so happy to see the song on the tracklist of their debut album Body Music. Covering the Montell Jordan classic, this song seems to polarise opinion - are you a fan of their chosen cover song?

9. JIMMY EAT WORLD - THE MIDDLE

I’m adding an old-school throwback into the mix, partly for fun and partly because I’ll be seeing Jimmy live for the first time ever next month! Jimmy Eat World are a band close to my heart - my brothers’ band would regularly cover this song, and even though I would have to listen to it every single night (they used to practise with plugged-in amps in our LIVING ROOM), I never got tired of it. For me, it’s a caffeine fix in sonic form - I’m pumped up for the day within the first 10 seconds!

You can listen to most of the playlist on Spotify here (adding the other songs as soon as they’re available):

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  • mdemaria

    This is an awesome playlist! I’m a new reader, but you just won me over with this one!

    <3

    • http://www.romeoandthelonelygirl.com Zoe

      Thanks so much, comments on my playlists mean a lot because I put a lot of thought into them, so thank you! Let me know your favourites :)

    • http://www.romeoandthelonelygirl.com/ Zoe

      Thanks so much, comments on my playlists mean a lot because I put a lot of thought into them, so thank you! Let me know your favourites :)