Our long-awaited 80-degree days likely have got you gearing up for a few breezy, cocktail-fueled weekends. To help you set the mood, we’ve highlighted some of this summer’s top releases. So whether you’re getting done up for a night out, planning a tiki torch–lit backyard dance party or bringing people back to the crib for a nightcap, your iTunes will be stocked with properly fresh sounds.
For after-work mojitos on the back porch, Latin, Brazilian and island rhythms fit the bill perfectly. D.C. label Eighteenth Street Lounge, best known for its star act, Thievery Corporation, has this vibe on lock. With Sun People (digital available now, physical available August 18), from Brooklyn-based DJ-producer Nickodemus, ESL’s got all that South of the Border spice—and a few Middle Eastern and Gypsy sounds—in one neat package. A dedicated globe-trotter, Nickodemus delivers the percussion-heavy sounds of Rio, San Juan, Mexico City, Istanbul and his native NYC.
Sticking more strictly to the sounds of Brazil, Grammy- and Latin Grammy–nominated songstress Céu releases her sophomore album, Vagarosa, for Six Degrees this week. Flirting with samba, bossa nova and downtempo electronics, Céu remains a laid-back, sexy listen. Those of you jonesing for more Bebel Gilberto have found your answer.