Summer playlist: Refresh
Florence and the Machine, Jay-Z, Spoon, and others made our updated list of summer songs
Suffering from ”Boom Boom Pow” fatigue? Wishing the insanely omnipresent Lady Gaga was Lady Gone-Gone from the airwaves? EW has the answer for those looking to update their playlists.
Florence and the Machine
”Kiss With a Fist”
Brit import Florence comes off like a saucy love child of the Ting Tings and the White Stripes on this punchy guitar anthem from her new full-length U.S. debut, Lungs.
”D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
You may not agree with Hov’s list of grievances against the ubiquitous vocal effect, but there’s no denying the head-knocking beat backing him up.
Austin’s indie overlords recently released a three-track EP teaser, and this thumping rocker is definitely the best of the bunch.
Their name sounds fairly menacing, but in fact the Bosses are two young women from Atlanta with a knack for crafting lighter-than-air pop hooks. One listen and you’ll be feeling delightfully dizzy yourself.
It employs almost the same melodic turns and lyrical themes as his smash ”Birthday Sex.” So what? They’re just as catchy the second time around.
The world’s wildest house duo — whose last album came out in ’06 — makes up for lost time with an over-the-top comeback single.
”I’ll Fight” Big beats and bigger choruses are all well and good, but every BBQ needs mellower numbers, too. Try this standout from the retro-rockers’ latest.
The Swedish production team Bloodshy and Avant (they’ve made hits for Britney) unleash a disc of crystalline synth-pop jams; this dancehall-flecked tingler starts it off with a bang.
”Osaka Loop Line”
The indie superduo — Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot frontman Wesley Miles — kicks out the electro boogaloo.
His name is all wrong. But this extra-melodic garage-punk nugget is so right — it practically comes with its own built-in trampoline!