- Demon Days : Gorillaz
- Definitely Maybe : Oasis
Any thing that came out of Hip-hop's first golden era is essential summer time music. Whether that be the Beasties, NWA, Public Enemy, Etc Etc.. but 3 Feet High and Rising is De La Soul's masterpiece and one of the essential hip-hop records. In truth it doesn't even hold together too well, The skits are stupid and nonsensical, the mix was far too quiet and it's about 5 tracks too long. But the track-listing speaks for itself, Say no go, The magic number, Jenifa Taught me, Me myself and I... it is packed with absolute jams. They rebelled against the gangsta rap cliches that were to come, and embraced peace, love and daisies. Yet they were smart and tongue in cheek enough to avoid seeming naff or out of touch.
- Surf : Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment
- Mutations : Beck
You may have noticed by now that this blog is being written off the top of my head. The albums are more or less the first ones that popped into my head. Of course anything by Beck is essential listening. Morning Phase, and Odelay for example are polar opposites, one is bouncy, fun, and daft. The other beautifully mournful and moves at a glacial pace. Mutations is neither of these. It is Beck's blues album, perfect for lounging on a sunny day, but even better for drinking a whiskey by yourself to in an empty pub nearing closing time. It's packed with variety, but even the most upbeat tracks hide a heart of darkness. It's the fact that Beck makes all this depression into something that's moving, sad, and in places just ridiculous. Overall it's relaxed, and works best while taking a nap with the sun directly
...and that's it, you've only got a few weeks of sunshine left, so get listening.