Remember those dreamy endless summers? The ones with hot days and hotter nights. Flings and loves. Day boils. Park naps. Beach parties. The feeling of walking out of a club and having the heat hit you like a wave, again. Staying up late with friends until the sun comes up. This playlist is full of songs that make you reflect and hold onto those memories.
With romantic chord progressions, high pitched vocals, and analog synths, synthwave makes for perfect summer soundtracks. The 80s influence implies a simpler time, and similar to Kavinsky’s Nightcall and the soundtrack from Drive, this vibe may just compel you to seek adventure, get into your car and drive off into the sunset.
1. Jai Wolf - Indian Summer
Released in 2015 on ODESZA’s label Foreign Family Collective, Indian Summer got insanely popular over the past few years, with plays on Netflix’s XOXO and various commercials. Jai Wolf, real name Sajeeb Saha, is originally from Bangladesh, and the song’s luring lyrics are in Hindi which roughly translate to “my friends took me to the moon”. With it’s dreamy synth progression and high pitched vocals, it’s the ultimate summer song and a “spiritual anthem for adventure”.
2. PETIT BISCUIT - Sunset Lover
In the same “Indietronica” style as Indian Summer, Sunset Lover leverages high pitched vocal chops and soft synths. Petit Biscuit, a french producer and DJ (who has a similar stage name to myself), was just 15 years old when he released this track (not like myself). His style is a movement towards melodies and away from the drops we’ve become accustomed to in electronic music. Without set lyrics, the song is up to interpretation by its listeners, taking them on a dreamy journey down a warm coastal path, and encapsulating every pretty Instagram influencer wearing a bohemian blanket and wide brimmed hat.
3. Louis The Child - Love Is Alive (Chet Porter Remix)
The original Love is Alive by Louis the Child, a duo from Chicago, and LA artist / producer Elohim, was released in 2017 and was an instant hit. In 2018 a number of official remixes came out, with this track by Chet Porter hitting all the marks with a synthwave take on the original. Magical keys and energetic synth progressions make this remix a summer anthem to add to the playlist.
4. Kavinsky - Nightcall
Can’t have a synthwave playlist without Kavinsky’s Nightcall. From the soundtrack of Drive, it really made synthwave popular again. Also a bunch of great remixes, like Robotoki and Breakbot.
5. RAC - We Belong (ODESZA Remix)
ODESZA’s vibe – indie synthwave with amazing builds that just give you the warm fuzzies inside. This RAC remix was insanely popular for good reason.
6. Hayden James - Something About You (ODESZA Remix)
Another ODESZA track but I just couldn’t resist including it.
7. Shooting Stars - Bag Raiders
When the other half of remix86 and I started our summer fling almost 10 years ago, this was our song. We would drive around to beaches listening to it on repeat. When we got married 5 years later it was our wedding song.
8. Violet Sands & Justin Faust - What Do You Feel (Jean Tonique Remix)
New song by Justin Faust remixed by Jean Tonique – two of our favourite producers.
9. Glen Check - Pacific (Moullinex Remix)
California vibes, you can just feel the palm trees blowing in the wind.
10. Vega - No Reasons
Getting a little more club focused, used to play this song at Indie nights during the summer and people used to always be on the dance floor sweating and hugging.
11. Anoraak - Try Me (Jupiter Remix)
Anoraak was known for synth vibes. This Jupiter remix is heavy on the reverb.
12. Bit Funk - Things I can’t Remember
Have played with Bit Funk a couple times and he’s an amazingly talented producer. This is one of his earlier tracks but remains timeless.
13. Ercola ft. Annie - Follow Me (Lifelike Remix)
Annie was often used in the mid-2000s for synth remixes. Her voice lends to the modern 80s vibe. This is a hype track.
14. Annie - Heartbeat (Alan Braxe Remix)
Another Annie track, this Alan Braxe remix always went over in the club.
Does this playlist have you reminiscing of summers gone by, or are you listening now getting on your heated summer vibes? If this playlist got you groovin’, take a snap or a video and use #grindancesweat for a chance to win some remix86 apparel.