Even though it’s been summer in LA since, well, always, the sweetest season of them all has finally swept the rest of the country with long days, humid temps, sweet romance and road trips. The months of July and August seem to be wrapped in a magical haze, so we believe this sultry season deserves an equally bewitching soundtrack to enhance it.
We’ve curated a series of playlists to guide you through summer’s many moods and moments – from summer love to vacation days, road trips to heat waves. We’ll be releasing one a week throughout the season. All you have to do is press play and let the summer magic begin.
Driving Up the Coast: Coasting the Pacific
California’s coast is a treasure trove of heavenly summer activity, but whether its wine-tasting, surfing or sunning you seek, simply traversing the most beautiful highway in the country can be the best part. As soon as you hit the PCH, roll down the windows, let the wind play with your hair and let this dreamy playlist wash over you in rhythm with the Pacific’s peaceful waves:
Youth – Ben Khan
Surround Sound – Empire of the Sun
Tennis Court – Lorde
High You Are (Branchez Remix) – What So Not
Lost On The Way Home – Chromeo feat. Solange
In The Red – Holy Ghost!
Road To Zion – Nas & Damian Marley
West Coast – Lana Del Rey
Shove It – Santigold
Warranted Queen – Arum Rae
Chamakay – Blood Orange