Summer soundtracks are one of life’s ultimate pleasures. Whether you’re sunning yourself on an exotic beach with a cocktail in hand, burning meat at a BBQ with good friends, or dancing till you drop at a festival, it’s music that makes those summer moments more memorable.
We wanted to share with you the soundtrack to our summer here in our (surprisingly) sunny Design Bridge Amsterdam studio, a playlist full of nostalgia, energy and bad dancing. So crack open the Aperol, slip on those flip-flops and get ready for some summer tunes guaranteed to make you smile, whatever the occasion.
Tadow – Masego, FKG.
We’ll start with something relatively chilled just to get your head doing that weird side-to-side slow motion bop thing. Soft sax, Trap House Jazz, perfect for those post work park picnics.
Sinkane – Uh Huh
Ready from some Sudanese-American beats? Thought so. Next up is Sinkane with the ultimate toe tapper. You’re 3 glasses of Pimms in at a friend’s gathering and your snake hips are the first on the makeshift dance floor.
Desmond’s Empire – O’Flynn
This jaunty, upbeat track, is an absolute head bopper. Close your eyes and imagine you’re with a group of your favourite people, just waiting for the night to start.
The Heat – Toni Braxton
This is the perfect track to plug in on the cycle home after an amazing summer date. Feeling the heat in every sense.
Fu-Gee-La – The Fugees
A go to all year round, but especially amazing during a city bbq on a rooftop terrace, the night slowly settles in and the deep conversations begin.
Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
It’s the end of the night, it’s still warm out and you’re with your best mates in the entire world. All you want to do is sing and hug each other.
Nuttin Nuh Go So – Notch
I don’t think this track needs much explanation. The essential party tune to lure those wallflowers onto the dance floor at any summer event.
Fantastic Man – William Onyeabor
Fantastic Man by Nigerian funk wizard, William Onyeabor, is pure good energy and sunshine, straight from 1970s Lagos. Suitable for any occasion, night or day.
It feels like Summer – Al Green
Let’s slow it down slightly and just let Al work his magic. Perfect for a summer Sunday morning over brunch in the garden.
Only You – Steve Monite
What summer playlist would be complete without a little Afro-Boogie (yes it’s a genre). One of our favourites to cruise up and down the Amsterdam canals on a boat.
Otra Vez – Zion & Lennox feat. J Balvin
Think Bailando, but better. A tune that brings instant happiness (and shoulderwiggles). Chosen by our lovely Giovanna who is always transported back to all those Colombian beach parties when she hears this track.
Come Meh Way – Sudan Archives
This track by Sudan Archives feels like a hazy summer afternoon filled with potential adventure, bundling together her amazing instrumental and vocal talent. Alicia recommends playing it loud whilst you’re cycling through the city!
Vamos a la Playa – Righeira
Righeira’s Vamos a la Playa is an 80s disco classic Where to play it? On your way to the beach, of course.
Midnight in Peckham – Chaos in the CBD
Midnight in Peckham is the sonic equivalent of an Ibiza Sunset. Soft house and nocturnal jazz tones take you straight to the sandy island shores. Best listened to with a cold beer and good friends.
For Once in my life – Stevie Wonder
It’s the ultimate summer feel good song. We all know and love it and it’s perfect for any summer occasion. A Party, a picnic, or just dancing around at home with the doors wide open.
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
Chosen by our very own Mike Flynn, this is the perfect accompaniment for any swinging summer cocktail party.
At the river – Groove Armada
Summer lounge music at its finest. This is one for the beach just before sunset.
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lighting Seeds – Football’s Coming Home.
And here’s the full list on Spotify
Well, this list should get you through all your summer activities for 2018 I would say.
A big thank you to our Amsterdam team for sharing their favourites and an even bigger thank you to Georgie for collating it all.
And one more piece of advice; wear sunscreen.