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20 Rising Bands For Your Perfect Summer Mixtape

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This past Saturday was the first day of Summer. That means it’s officially the season for cookouts, beach days, camping, music festivals, and spending time chilling outdoors with friends. I think the occasion demands a new mixtape.

However, instead of putting together a normal mixtape, we thought it’d be fun to suggest twenty up-and-coming artists that you can add to make your own rad summer playlist. Of course, as it turns out, the collection makes for a pretty hot Summer soundtrack just as it is.

As you’d expect, several of these tunes are big, upbeat jams – but we provided plenty of chill tracks that we think would be perfect for the after party too. I think you can figure out which is which. Take a listen.

1. Shamir
2. Paperwhite
3. Oxford Drama
4. French For Rabbits
5. Zella Day
6. Clipping
7. A Million Billion Dying Suns
8. Movement
9. Jungle
10. Salt Cathedral
11. GEMS
12. IYES
13. 8th Grader
17. Night Panther
18. Wilsen
19. Vaults
20. Mother

Posted by Matthew Hickey


Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

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