#Playtime: Sarah Lamptey Of Future Sounds Reveals The Soundtrack To Her Summer

13 August 2014

Summer might be almost over, but don't panic we've still got a few weeks left of BBQs. To make sure you enjoy you make the most of the rest of summer, we're bringing you a new summer playlist courtesy of Sarah Lamptey. The fab presenter of Future Sounds, a music series celebrating vinyl and digital music on London Live - has revealed her top 10 picks for the perfect summer soundtrack...

1. 'Lost On The Way Home' Chromeo feat. Solange

'Lost On The Way Home' comes from the ever-evolving Canadian duo Chromeo. David Macklevitch and Patrick Gemayel met as kids, played together in a band at 15, and later produced hip-hop as Dave 1 and P-Thugg (I'm hoping these were initially joke names that stuck) before producing their own music under Chromeo. 'Lost On The Way Home' from their fourth album White Women is the track you need on the way back from boy trouble.

2. 'Treat' Kasabian

At Benicassim 2014  Kasabian not only delivered their signature electric-moody energy, but they created something wild and bizarre. I've not seen anything like the hold that took over the crowd when they played 'Treat' from their fifth album.  It worked on me: Kasabian rock seriously sexy.

3. 'Rude' Magic!

'Rude' is the best kind of sing-along-song to behave ridiculously to. It comes from Canadian pop-reggae group Magic!, fronted by producer and songwriter Nasri Atweh. With their debut album Don't Kill The Magic released this month, the group are on a mission to keep their bubblegummy sparkle alive. 

4. 'Carolyn' Swiss Lips

Swiss Lips' frontman and songwriter Sam Hammond was inspired by the richly textured life of Beat Generation writer and artist, Carolyn Cassady. Her unconventional marriage to Neal Cassady and their relationship with Jack Kerouac is fascinating. After hearing her moving story, Hammond sent her an email which led them to become friends in the last years of her life. 'Carolyn' is typical of the Manchester-based band's electro vibrancy. Watch out for Swiss Lips' debut album, there are whispers that it's almost ready to be released. 

5. 'Soul Searching' Nujabes

Japanese hip-hop music producer and DJ Jun Seba produced the most exquisite beats as Nujabes - his name spelt in reverse in Japanese order. Tragically he died in a car accident in 2010 aged 36. The majority of his music and mixes are only on YouTube - this strikes me as unworthy as their only platform.  'Soul Searching' is my favourite: one hour and 40 minutes of angel-dreamy vocals, strings and piano mixed with hip-hop and jazz beats.

6. 'Jubel' Klingande

I'm keeping it strictly summer with 'Jubel' from French team Klingande. They call their sound "melodic house" - made to be listened to on a perfect beach. Klingande's love of the Swedish language is the inspiration for their songs and band name - Klingande translated into 'chiming'. Their debut album is on its way.

7. 'Take My Hand' Charli XCX

Hertfordshire girl Charlotte Emma Aitchison is Charli XCX and she's super cool. 'Take My Hand' from her second album True Romance (her first, '14', was never officially released) falls under "indietronica" apparently, or "witch house." It's a song for reckless nights. The new Charli XCX album is due in September. 

8. 'Run For Cover' Cazzette 

Swedish producers Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björkland formed Cazzette in 2011. They make music to forget your problems and dance to. 

9. 'Arcades' C2C

Any of French DJs C2C's tracks are worth lots of your time. Their electro-funk party vibe fuses with blues-country, hip-hop and Disney-sweet pop and still sense. I often find it tricky not to make a DJ setlist composed solely of Tetra, C2C's debut album. Their DJ supremacy won them the DMC World Competition four times in a row.

10. 'Forever' Pete Drake

Country musician Pete Drake's 1964 hit 'Forever' is almost too romantic. Born Roddis Franklin Drake in Georgia in 1932, he might as well have been playing floating in the sky. I'd love to hear more modern songs like this, to balance out all that twerking. 



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