Buyepongo – “Sueltan Fuego” // Michael Page

This pool-dance party tune is heavy with Latin rhythms and grooves bound for an simultaneously exciting and relaxing day in the sun.  “Sueltan Fuego” contains elements of jazz and rock with improvised solos and lines from the saxophone and guitar. Enough goodness to feed everyone at the Saturday backyard BBQ!

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MONOGEM – “Gone (Paperwhite Remix)” // Hassan Hajjaj

From the massive war drums to the resampled chorus that’s a hook in and of itself, everything about this remix screams “anthem”. Paperwhite takes Monogem’s already-powerful single and gives it even more put-your-hands-in-the-air-ability. Which is a pretty important metric, if you ask us.

Don’t sleep on the original mix, either:

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LaCore – “Skulls” // Kelly Denato

There’s more rhythm in this little ditty than you find in most decades-old bands. Pass some shakers, castanets, and noisemakers into the crowd and let everybody shake it out for “Skulls”.

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The Saxophones – “Aloha” // Frances Haszard

“Aloha” has the patient, dreamlike quality of a David Lynch film. It also makes me yearn for a hammock – maybe it’s the way the main guitar line rocks back and forth like a pendulum, or the way the vocals float along like a soft breeze.

Give yourself a four-minute vacation with the Saxophone’s latest, and extend your stay with “If You’re On The Water” from VINYL MOON Volume 016: Breathing Shadows.

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OYLS – “In The Light” // Lucas Zanotto

“In The Light” was made to be played at weddings. Lots of fun and appropriate for fans of indie pop, disco, jumpy guitars, and vocal sampling. Guaranteed (for better or worse) to get Aunt Cheryl out of her seat and onto the dancefloor.

Keep the party going with “Maps” from VINYL MOON Volume 017: Libertas.

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Ben Bostick – “Anna Karina” (Unreleased) // Peter Adamyan

Ben Bostick dials in the nostalgic heart-ache in this bonus track from his self-titled debut, managing to bring a smile to the edge of your mouth at the same time he draws a tear from the corner of your eye. Sweet, sad, and simple, “Anna Karina” is a lovely addition to his already remarkable portfolio.

For more of Bostick’s rustic hurt-so-good, revisit “Sweet Maria” from VINYL MOON Volume 017: Libertas.

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Cones – “Whatever You’re Into” // Leilani Bustamantes

Cones have officially transcended the overused “psychedelic” and are now fully into the “metaphysical” territory. Think less “orbiting in space” and more “astral projection of the thought-self into the void where we are all one”.

tl;dr This is a really cool song.

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Jeffrey Paradise – “Dream With You (Original)” // Lia Tuia

Jeffrey Paradise is half of the aptly named duo Poolside. His solo work continues in a similar vein of chilled-out nu disco, but with a distinct, worldly twist. Mandjou Kone’s vocals and the swirling twangy guitars blend African influence with the Latin rhythms, which is a wordy way of saying that you’re going to want to listen to this in the sunshine.

Now take a ride on the Instrumental version. When your brain needs full vacation mode.

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