Playlist: emerging artists to watch

16 tracks to keep on repeat all season

To celebrate summer, Furthermore talked to four acts on the verge of stardom about their respective backgrounds, burgeoning success, and their thoughts on what makes for the perfect song for the season. See below for a collaborative playlist that includes their favorite tracks for listening to while working up a sweat or cooling it down.

Jessie Reyez
From: Toronto, Canada
Superlatives: The winner of the Canadian Juno for 2018 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez has been wowing listeners with a litany of heartfelt tracks, most notably the brutally honest “Body Count,” which has been a mainstay of Spotify’s Viral Hits chart. With her impressive debut EP Kiddo still making a splash and a songwriting credit on Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris’ smash “One Kiss,” Reyez seems poised to only get bigger. Reyez’s mix consists of her aforementioned “Body Count,” along with hip-hop hits courtesy the likes of Childish Gambino and Schoolboy Q.
What makes the perfect summer song?: “If a song can trigger someone into feeling zen, it’s a summer song in my opinion.”

Dennis Lloyd
From: Tel Aviv, Israel
Superlatives: The astounding stats for Lloyd’s bouncy jam “Nevermind” speak for themselves: 100 million streams and counting, a sweet perch at number one on Spotify Today’s Top Hits playlist, and an undeniable buzz. Not bad for the former member of the Israeli Navy who moved to Thailand to work on music and wound up becoming a budding superstar. Alongside “Nevermind,” Lloyd’s favorites include similarly infectious jams from Russ and J Cole.
What makes the perfect summer song?: “One that makes me want to drive with the windows down in the Tel Aviv heat, singing out loud with my friends. Good music brings us together, whether it’s my bandmates who are my best friends or people I’ve just met while on tour.”

Tove Styrke
From: Umeå, Sweden
Superlatives: If there’s someone who’s seemingly cracked the code to penning earworm tracks, it’s Swedish pop songstress Tove Styrke. A former contestant on the country’s Swedish Idol, she’s currently prepping for a tour with Katy Perry. Styrke is a longtime star in her homeland who started to make waves across the globe in the past two years, largely thanks to her addictive singles ranging from the vibrant “Say My Name” to the buoyant “Sway” from her recently-released, self-titled debut album. As such, Styrke’s summer favorites consist of instant pop classics from Francis and the Lights and Niki and the Dove.
What makes the perfect summer song?: “It’s the kind of song you can live with throughout a whole summer, that becomes a backdrop for a specific time or feeling in your life. That just make you feel that good and free.”

Top Bunk
From: Los Angeles
Superlatives: Since premiering their debut track “Figure it Out” in the spring, Top Bunk is quickly gaining traction thanks to their rambunctious sound, equal parts inventive and catchy. The group of eight Los Angeles-based music makers, including vocalist Petros A.P., has already found its way onto a variety of influential Spotify playlists including Indie Pop and Young and Free.
What makes the perfect summer song?: “The perfect summer song consists of: two parts liquid sunshine, one part corner-stand lemonade, and a dash of double-chorus. Serve chilled and keep it filled, baby.” –Petros A.P.

jessie reyez - body count

schoolboy q, kendrick lamar - collard greens

50 cent - what up gangsta

childish gambino - this is america

dennis lloyd - nevermind

brockhampton - gummy

russ - what they want

j cole - wet dreamz

tove styrke - sway

francis and the lights - may i have this dance

niki and the dove - play it on my radio

janelle monae, grimes - pynk

top bunk - figure it out

kero kero bonito - flamingo

july talk - now i know

illuminati hotties - pressed 2 death