Our Music Editors share what they’ve been listening to over the summer.
Guillaume Laberge, Music Editor
Summer 2022 saw the birth of countless projects, some more memorable than others. Regardless, here are the songs I have been obsessed with for the past four months — hopefully you’ll discover something new here.
“Count Me Out” – Kendrick Lamar
Of the many songs I could have chosen from Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, “Count Me Out” is the one that stuck with me the most. There are so many layers and tempo switches to this track that it makes you sit on the edge of your seat for its entire duration.
“Bad Habit” – Steve Lacy
Whether it was on TikTok or on the radio, this song was inescapable over the summer, and for good reason. With “Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy crafted an indie pop anthem that contains arguably the catchiest chorus of the year.
“Big Ass Bracelet” – Westside Gunn
The Flygod himself dropped perhaps the underground rap song of the year with “Big Ass Bracelet.” The soul sample used in the track is so mesmerising that it took me at least ten listens to realize that he was saying something over this angelic drumless instrumental.
“Sugar/Tzu” – black midi
“Me Porto Bonito” – Bad Bunny
“Survivors Guilt” – Joey Bada$$
“Sticky” – Drake
“Chop (Nouvelle École)” – Fresh
Saro Hartounian, Assistant Music Editor
This summer brought about the release of many fantastic albums and singles (the new Kendrick record comes to mind), and I am pleased to showcase my favourite songs that were on repeat during my vacation to Gaspésie and Québec City!
“Auntie Diaries” – Kendrick Lamar
This song moved me to tears. Honestly. Regardless of the heavy topic it explores, I would play this during late summer nights where the pad synths would envelop my room. If you haven’t checked out this song I highly recommend it for the lyrics and the crescendo up until the very end.
“hydrogen” – Sirintip
Sirintip did not disappoint with her new single! The acid drum machine over ethereal jazzy vocals. There’s at least three tracks for her voice: two panning left and right and one in the background whispering a response from the former two. I know this is an oxymoron but hear me out… think “upbeat lounge.”
“Magenta Mountain” – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
This song off King Gizzard’s Omnium Gatherum album was a must-listen through the summer months, especially for long drives. The Minimoog’s bass paired with the oriental melody gives off the feeling of a monastery way up in the mountains. Shangri-La, anyone?
“Tippa My Tongue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Welcome To Hell” – black midi
“Shotgun” – Soccer Mommy
“Complacency” – Tide Rider
“La Rivière” – Pomme