When the debate over Song of the Summer really starts to kick up, people tend to focus on the tracks with massive pop hooks, bright colors, and sunny dispositions. But for some, a little shade or a cool breeze would be just what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s the complex songwriting of Owen Pallett, the chilled dream pop of Beach House, or the haunting harmonies of La Luz, this week’s Top 10 should help you beat the heat.
10. Broken Keys – “Power Forward”
One half of Cleveland’s Smoke Screen, producer/lyricist Tommy Sheridan (aka Broken Keys) continues to enrich the melodies beneath his downtempo, beat-driven language. With a flow fit for LA’s poolside escapism or sweaty Ibiza undergrounds, “Power Forward” is a psy-leaning example of vibrant minimal house. Whether chilling in a teeny bikini or stuck hundreds of miles from the nearest cabana, just close your eyes and let this interplay take you away. This one’s a must listen for those enchanted by the likes of Damian Lazarus or No. 19 Music. “Power Forward” is available to download via the Alloy-X collective. –Derek Staples