The Guardian have set the stall out early with their summer anthem predictions, and it’ll be music to the ears of Frank Ocean, Kamasi Washington and Objekt as they feature on the eight track list. Also featuring pop icons like Justin Bieber, Lorde, Rihanna and more, the list is a delightful collection of earworms likely to soundtrack BBQs, beach parties and long days spent lounging by the pool.
An easy pick for anyone who’s been to any UK bass skirting club nights in the past few months, Objekt’s latest weapon has been getting plays from all the big underground DJs, and with reason too. Easily one of the house anthems of the year, never mind the summer, “Theme From Q” propels its listeners through the huge sub frequencies of earlier Objekt tracks and a downtempo jungle break that can will tear you to pieces on a system. With splashes of weird sounds and a synth line naughtier than Theresa May all alone in a field of wheat, this track will infect your mind until you’re nothing more than a servant to Objekt’s unquenchable thirst for dancefloor destruction. Frank Ocean’s “Biking”, though stylistically unrelated, is similarly contagious, with guest verses from Jay-Z and an on-form Tyler, The Creator marking it out as a highlight in a strong year of Frank Ocean output.
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Markedly less instant, Kamasi Washington’s 14 minute “Truth” is more in line with the summer your parents like to imagine you having, conjuring up images of walks through picturesque sunlit gardens in the sun with those friends that always seem polite when they turn up at the front door. Sophisticated, gentle and ceaselessly warm, “Truth” is an anthem for those who enjoy the less messy side of the prime party season.
Kamasi, Frank and Objekt can all be caught live in the coming months, with UK shows for all three. Kamasi kicks the shows off in Livepool on Friday 30th June, moving to Leeds the next day to play at O2 Academy. Frank Ocean will then be at Lovebox on Friday 14th July, before Saturday 29th July sees Objekt at Three Mills Island in London for Percolate Open Air. Moving away from the UK and back to jazz maestro Washington, Kamasi will also appear at The xx Night + Day Festival in Iceland in mid-July.
Photo courtesy of Frank Ocean