A collection of upbeat and chill tunes to delve into before class starts in the fall

There’s no time for summertime sadness when the sun is shining and your playlist is on shuffle

A collection of upbeat and chill tunes to delve into before class starts in the fall

While words can be used to describe summer, I feel that they don’t do it much justice. More than any other season, summer just feels like a collection of random anecdotes strewn together in some slurred slideshow with the speed setting turned on way too high.

In an effort to add to your own personal summer slideshow, this playlist provides, along with some surefire bops, a collection of experiences for your amusement and exploration. So get out there! Enjoy the season! We’ll be back in class before we blink.

“Boyfriend” by COIN, 2017

As this song plays, imagine you’re somewhere, dancing your heart out, out of breath, muscles aching, playing the air guitar — and drums! — and being absolutely reckless in love. As the chorus comes, you scream it triumphantly, but honestly, you couldn’t care less because you’re having the time of your life!

“No Missy” by c a n d i d !, 2018

Close your eyes and imagine the falling action-to-resolution transition of every romantic story in existence. If, when you listen to this song, you aren’t immediately transported outside someone’s window with a boombox or driving miles throughout the night to be with your unrequited love, replay the song but this time lying sprawled across the floor. Angst and/or Weltschmerz recommended.

“Daft Pretty Boys” by Bad Suns, 2016

Fair warning, when this song comes on, its funky beats will implore you to wear circular sunglasses and bop your head with reckless abandon. If your willpower can surpass even that, you will have to fight the mental image of yourself catching sight of an absolute gem at a party, going in for the kill, and realizing as you talk that they’ve got the personality of a rock. C’est la vie, mon amie!

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers, 1977

This classic sounds the way that sunlight on your face and a nice, chilled glass of insert-summer-liquid-of-choice tastes on a warm summer’s day. It musters up feelings of just waking up after deciding that there’s nothing more to do aside from enjoying that you simply exist. Skip down the street nonchalantly and try to tell me these beats don’t just crack your battle-hardened university facade.

“Stars and Galaxies” by Carver Commodore, 2017

You are now camping, young one. The fire beside you is dying down as the smell of s’mores wafts through the air, faint smoke providing a fine silk screen between you and the glory of space and time itself. As the colors of the Milky Way wash over you, a feeling of ecstasy can’t help but spread throughout you, the stars winking back in similar appreciation of your solid mug.

“Perspective (Interlude)” by Burns Twins, 2016

You and your friends are walking from one place to another with a mischievous zeal and only enough money for a large fries between you all. The day is a little chilly, but despite the hunger and weather, you’re doing just fine. Remember, the real journey was the friends we made along the way!

“Where the Sky Hangs” by Passion Pit, 2015

I don’t know where you got that ’80s perm, but it’s now bouncing to the synth-pop beat of this jam as your head and shoulder pads follow suit. Imagine yourself performing synchronized snapping to the beat next to a pool, while a group of you pretend to want to swim in its chlorinated glory, its reflection providing great lighting for a picture by the tables.

“Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates, 1976

I triple-dog-dare you to not get up and dance to this slapper. As this plays, hark back to laying down, miserably searching for jobs on the internet while you fill out the same form seven times and lie about your job experience. What other song can provide you a feeling of fulfillment and ask its listener to call into question the ethics of sugar babying?

“What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes, 1992

You are now a royal-to-be on the top of a mountain, looking down onto the valleys below with grace and dignity. Yet, your family’s imposition of royal duties weighs on you, and you must scream to the high heavens your misfortunes. A single tear rolls down your cheek as you ask the world in its entirety, ‘HEY, what’s GOING ON?!’

“Everything is Salted Caramel” by Exam Season, 2017

You’re doing your absolutely favorite thing in the world as a ray of sunlight comes through and shines directly onto you. The monotony of summer can weigh on you, but everything will be just fine. Life might get you down, but not to worry; ‘everything has to be sweet and salty’, young one.

A playlist for the impending doom of finals

Exam season is upon us. Here’s a list of some mellow tunes to make those all-nighters at Robarts a little more bearable.

A playlist for the impending doom of finals

“Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes

Anything from Fleet Foxes is good study music, but this song will help you turn out that final paper while swaying along to this melancholic tune.

“I Need My Girl” by The National

A slow tempo song, great for some reading on a rainy day.

“Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart

This song is full of nostalgia, which will make you look forward to going home for the holidays.

“The Night We Met” by Lord Huron

Any 13 Reasons Why fans will recognize this one. Sorry if it makes you cry to think about Hannah and Clay again.

“Michigan” by The Milk Carton Kids

I’ll admit it, this song’s really depressing. But so is emailing your professor 10 times in one day asking for help on an assignment and getting no response, so it’s fitting.

“Sense of Home” by Harrison Storm

A classic melancholic acoustic track that will make you wish you were sipping some hot chocolate by the fireplace at home right now.

“We Never Met” by Donovan Woods

Don’t you wish you had never met your professors and you could be at home sipping that hot chocolate instead of writing a 15-page essay in one night? Or is that just me?

“Walk Unafraid” by First Aid Kit

This Swedish sister duo is one of my favourite bands of all time. Their harmonies and Americana tunes are out of this world. This track was originally released for the movie Wild and will make you feel just as empowered as Reese Witherspoon so that you can crush your finals.

“Blessed” by Daniel Caesar

I am eternally jealous of those who have tickets to his December shows in Toronto. If you’re one of the lucky ones, use this song as a small reminder that you’ll be having fun again soon.

“Monday Loop” by Tomppabeats

A groovy instrumental that will make reading an entire semester’s worth of readings in one night seem easy.

“A Little Death” by The Neighbourhood

Another groovy tune that might make you want to start dancing in the library. Don’t worry, I won’t judge.

“Let’s Go Surfing” by The Drums

Everyone needs a study break. Blast this song and dance around your room for some much needed stress relief, and maybe start dreaming up your next vacation.

A playlist for the waning summer

Soundtrack to the remaining days of September heat

A playlist for the waning summer

The summer months are over, but it’s still boiling hot outside. Why not pop on this playlist, ditch your books for the beach, and take advantage of the last few scorchers of the year?

“Chameleon” by Pnau

Put this song on while you’re studying, and even hours of organic chemistry will make you feel like you’re the star in a music video. A rather uneventful one, but still.

“Elephant” by Tame Impala
This Aussie group is one of my go-tos for summer car rides. “Elephant” comes with a downright filthy bassline, perfect for rolling into your 9 am lecture a half hour late.

“Havana (feat. Young Thug)” by Camila Cabello

I unapologetically perform a song-and-dance routine to this song in my empty apartment on Friday nights. Leaving Fifth Harmony was a controversial move, but Camila, you’re doing amazing, sweetie.

“Blaze Up The Fire (feat.  Chronixx)” by Major Lazer

My hot take is that Major Lazer can make anything sound good.

“Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis

Set this song as your morning alarm and you’ll be venturing out into the choking humidity in no time.

“Rollin (feat. Future, Khalid)” by Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris released a few contenders for song of the summer this year, but this one takes the gold for its mellow vibe.

“Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean

Frank’s newer stuff is great, but it’s hard to overshadow the classics. Soak in this gorgeous piece while lounging poolside — preferably not at the Athletic Centre.

“High Alert (feat. Sara Hartman)” by Netsky

Take this one with you outdoors. The instrumentals will hit you like a gust of wind.

“San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s

Ridiculously catchy, this song is substantially sunnier than the foggy city it’s written about. Give it a couple of listens, remember that winter is two months away, then move to Cali and call it a year.

A beginner’s guide to French electronic music

This FEM playlist is the perfect soundtrack to your summer

A beginner’s guide to French electronic music

When I first arrived in Toronto, I noticed a lack of electronic music that wasn’t defined by traditional EDM. While French groups like Daft Punk were able to penetrate the electronic musical scene, other groups like Darius, Breakbot, or Kavinski seemed to remain hidden and out of sight. These groups are part of something called ‘French touch,’ a musical movement that emerged in the ’90s that created solid foundations for the next 20 years of musical evolution and inspiration within electro. The French touch was influenced by European disco, space sounds, and 1980s American funk. Its style offers a myriad of different sounds that borrow from everything — from jazz notes to deep house beats.

This eclectic playlist displays a wide range of artists and genres for the French electronic music novice.

La Ritournelle” by Sébastien Tellier

This first dip into FEM is a classic French song with emotional undertones that will lead you to a place of nostalgia. Tellier is a master at intertwining melancholic sounds with a dynamic rhythm.

Hot Hands” by Darius

Darius gracefully transitions between sensual vocals and deep house beats. The rhythm he brings will have you on your feet in a second.

Lying Together” by French Kiwi Juice (FKJ)

French Kiwi Juice is one of the most talented artists France has to offer. FKJ is sensational as it integrates saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and electronic beats. This song will mesmerize you with incredible female vocals balanced with some hard funk.

“One Out Of Two (feat. Irfane)” by Breakbot

Many of you will know Breakbot for Baby I’m Yours,” but the artist is much more than that hit song. His album combines features of pop and romance, with singing partner Irfane’s enchanting voice complementing his music in the most harmonious way.

“La lune rousse” by Fakear

Beginning with guitar and followed by simple vocal samples, Fakear defines himself with original, calming sounds. This is perfect music to listen to while studying.

“Delta” by C2C

This funky group of disco fiends will blow your mind. They were very popular in France a couple years ago with the release of their album Tetra, which offered a strange yet melodic suite of songs. The band members define themselves in a style that knows no competitor.

“New Order” by Dabeull

Dabeull is part of the record label Roche Musique and is a funk revival artist. A musician and established artist, Dabeuell has turned to combining funk and disco as the next stage of his artistic evolution.

“Escape” by Zimmer

Zimmer, a Parisian, draws on influences from both the city of love and California to create dreamy atmospheres that just sound like summer.

“I <3 U SO” by Cassius

Funky, electronic, and groovy.

“Genie (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)” by Busy P

The founder of Ed Bangers Records, Busy P is a master of his craft.

“Young Rich And Radical – Radio Mix” by Club cheval

Club cheval is a group of four DJs with both a unique sense of fashion and a unique approach to pop electro.

“Odd Look” by Kavinsky

The artist whose song “Nightcall” was featured in Drive with Ryan Gosling recently surprised fans with a followup album. His tunes are perfect for long drives, no surprise when one considers that his music has been used in advertisements by Mercedes Benz and BMW.

“Let the Beat Control Your Body (feat. Louisahhh!)” by Brodinski

Brodinski led the record label Bromance for the last five years, until deciding to shut it down. He is strongly influenced by the Atlanta rap community, and characterizes his music with a combination of rap and deep house.

“Bye Bye Macadam” by Rone

Rone is a specialist in sounds reminiscent of outer-space and astronomical technology, as evident in “Bye Bye Macadam.”

“Aleph” by Gesaffelstein

Formerly part of Bromance, Gesaffelstein dives into an obscure style of music filled with deep bass and rapid tempo.

“On’n’On” by Justice

Who can forget Justice? An iconic name in the world of electronic disco, “On’n’On” is an appropriate finish to this playlist.