The sun’s out, festival season is in full swing and that beach holiday you booked is on the horizon. Seriously, what’s there not to love about summer?! To make it even sweeter, these are the #PureMustListen tracks that will no doubt be making their way into your BBQ-ready playlists this July!
The Killers - The Man
Las Vegas’ finest, The Killers, are back with their first new material since 2013 – and boy are we excited! Sonically, it marks a bombastic, new direction for the band with the introduction of funky basslines and even a gospel backing choir.
On the track, swaggering frontman, Brandon Flowers boldly declares: "I got news for you baby, you're looking at the man." If forthcoming fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful, is as good as this majestic taster, then he might just be right.
Likely to hear on: Radio X, Absolute
Mura Masa ft. Damon Albarn - Blu
When the hottest new producer in the UK teams up with a downright legend of the music scene, you just know it’s a recipe for success. Mura Masa, at 21 years of age, has already taken the world by storm with a host of immense collaborations alongside the likes of A$AP Rocky and Charli XCX, but this is his biggest partnership yet.
Enlisting none other than Damon Albarn, Blu is a down-tempo track which skews the Gorillaz/Blur frontman’s warped vocals over a bed of pulsing synths. While it’s the most mellow cut from Mura Masa’s upcoming debut album, it’s a stunning showcase of talent from one of the hottest young properties in music right now.
Likely to hear on: Radio 1
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
DJ Khaled must be the busiest man in music. Aside from his ventures as social media royalty and business mogul, the R&B producer is hell-bent on dominating the airwaves with release after release!
This time around he’s only gone and recruited Rihanna on a track which cleverly samples an iconic Carlos Santana guitar riff throughout. The Bajan pop superstar is also joined by up-and-coming vocalist, Bryson Tiller, on a sultry anthem sure to keep dancefloors around the world moving as the summer months unfold.
Likely to hear on: Capital, Kiss
George Ezra - Don’t Matter Now
If you’re still frantically searching for that perfect summer 2017 tune, then call it off because George Ezra has you sorted! Complete with a joyous horn section and an ear-worm of a chorus, the Budapest singer-songwriter has marked his long-awaited comeback with a tune ready-made for those warm summer nights.
The feel-good track also comes with a heart-warming message as it was penned as an ode to overcoming personal battles with anxiety. Props to you, George!
Likely to hear on: Heart, Radio 1
HAIM - Little Of Your Love
The effortlessly cool Haim sisters have revealed the third number from their sophomore album, Something To Tell You, and it’s a sugar-sweet swerving of 70s-indebted pop music.
While likely to draw comparisons with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, the siblings stamp the track with their trademark pitch-perfect harmonies and funky electric guitar riffs. If this doesn’t get your toe tapping, we’re not sure what will.
Likely to hear on: Radio 6 Music
To help you soak up the sunshine in the best way possible, we’ve crammed together the month’s best new music into one ace Spotify playlist. Enjoy from any device through Bluetooth and Spotify Connect on loads of our digital radios, or take your favourite playlists on the road with a Highway in-car adapter.