Summer is coming soon. The sky is clear, the days stretch long and the prospect of setting out on a meandering road trip is looking more and more enticing. Don’t hesitate. Just go. But first, make sure you have the right music. It has to match your mood, and moods change often when you’re on the road. Here’s a playlist to get you started, with a diverse list of bands to choose from. Click the button below to listen to the full list on Made Man’s Spotify.
1. “Pushin’ On” by The Quantic Soul Orchestra
Set off to the sounds of Will Holland’s Quantic Soul Orchestra. The beat is quick, the funk is infectious and vocalist Alice Russell’s warm wail puts you in the mindset to move.
2. “Bicentential Man” by Black Lips
When you hit the highway you need a constant rhythm to keep you rolling down the road. “Bicentential Man” does the job right, with the Black Lips delivering a driving rock melody that starts fast and stays strong all the way through.
When you hit the highway you need a constant rhythm to keep you rolling down the road. “Bicentential Man” does the job right.
3. “Plunken Em” by People Under the Stairs
Relax for a moment and let People Under the Stairs carry you down the road with their slick flows and heavy beats. Now’s a good time to roll down your window and do that airplane thing with your hand.
4. “Oh My God” by Cults
“Oh My God” offers a sound that belongs to summer. Lyrically, it’s about breaking free of a monotonous life and setting out in search of better things. Musically, it’s upbeat and pervasive, a youthful anthem that explodes with thick guitar lines and swelling choruses before fading to a drawn-out close.
5. “How Long Must I Wait” by Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog channels their rock ’n’ roll forbearers with impressive attention to detail, creating songs that wouldn’t be out of place at some sprawling music festival circa 1970. It’s perfect for the road, transporting listeners to a time when Route 66 was more than just a logo on a truck stop t-shirt.