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Summertime Playlist

Of the albums that emerged over the summer, lesser known bands that fall into genres like “aquawave” are beneath the radar. These are a few underestimated artists from summer whose music is reminiscent of sunny days.

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Ballyhoo!

 

With their last albums being titled “Daydream” and “Cheers!,” Ballyhoo! produces summertime grooves perfect for blasting through the open car window.

The blend of rock and reggae with a dash of pop and punk categorizes the group alongside bands such as Slightly Stoopid, Pepper and 311. Their new album, “Pineapple Grenade” features groovy tunes that sing of love, sunshine and kicking bad habits.

 

Chiddy Bang

 

Known mostly for their popular remix of MGMT’s “The Opposite of Adults,” Chiddy Bang is named after Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege. In 2008,  Chiddy and Noah Beresin joined together to create the infusion of rock and a variety of samples, which is characteristic of their music today. Chiddy is still producing despite his and Beresin’s separation earlier this year, and his first solo mixtape will be released in September. “Breathe,” the first single off of “Baggage Claim,” was released last week and brings a feel-good vibe to his usually bouncy beats.

 

Misun

 

Although they haven’t released an album since last year, this gem has emerged this summer from the plethora of underground indie bands with female vocalists. Headed by the saucy Misun Wojcik, the band formed in 2010 in Washington, DC. Seductive lyrics and juicy, upbeat tunes place the band in a genre that Wojcik calls “aquawave,” dance beats produced by strong keyboarding, lyrical electric guitar and richly emotional vocals.

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