Kazak’s Picks: July 2021

Clockwise from top left: Promise Ring by Midwife (Luminol album artwork), Sister Hellen by Johnny Football Hero (Complacency EP artwork), Living Proof by The War On Drugs (I Don’t Live Here Anymore artwork), and Hold U by Indigo De Souza (Any Shape You Take album artwork painting by Kimberly Oberhammer.)

July is allegedly a summer month, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it if you listened to the best music released over these thirty-one days. Fittingly for a month in which much of the UK would be soaked in rain and cloudy skies, it seemed like much of the finest music was drenched in rage, uncertainty, and despair. Don’t be discouraged, though – the playlist below ought to highlight that July’s musical output was anything but boring. Instead, it was an exhilirating ride, and there were still enough bright spots to celebrate the few sunnier days that we did enjoy (e.g. Camila Cabello’s Don’t Go Yet, Matthew E. White’s Electric, and TAEYEON’s Weekend).

Any track that was released as a single or as part of an album, EP, or any other kind of musical project in July was eligible for inclusion for this month’s playlist (which is why you might see some tracks that first emerged in previous months).

WARNING: All tracks and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain explicit language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, discussions of potentially triggering subjects, and/or political commentary that may offend.

To skip straight to July’s Honourable Mentions please click here

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Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above.

Dave – We’re All Alone (Rap)

Camila Cabello – Don’t Go Yet (Pop/World)

Delilah Montagu – Coming For Ya [Elkka Remix] (Electronic/Ambient)

TAEYEON – Weekend (K-Pop)

Deafheaven – The Gnashing (Rock/Shoegaze)

Big Red Machine (feat. Taylor Swift)– Renegade (Indie Pop)

KC Lights (feat. Lowes) – Share a Little Love [Extended Mix] (Dance)

Little Simz – I Love You, I Hate You (Rap)

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine – Reach Out (Folk)

Matthew E. White – Electric (Indie Pop)

MARINA (feat. Tove Lo) – Venus Fly Trap [Kito Remix] (Pop)

Johnny Football Hero – Sister Hellen (Emo/Alternative)

Brent Faiyaz (feat. Drake) – Wasting Time (R&B)

Indigo De Souza – Hold U (Indie Rock)

Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure (Pop)

TOKiMONSTA & Channel Tres – Get Naked (Dance/R&B)

Joel Culpepper – Tears of a Crown (Soul/R&B)

Snoh Aalegra (feat. Tyler, The Creator) – NEON PEACH (Pop/R&B)

John Glacier – Icing (Rap)

Half Waif – Party’s Over (Electronic/Pop)

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp – Empty Skies (Art Rock/Jazz)

Lorde – Stoned at the Nail Salon (Pop/Singer-Songwriter)

Mega Bog – Station to Station (Electronic/Pop)

Billie Eilish – Oxytocin (Electronic/Industrial/Pop)

Peggy Gou – I Go (Edit) (House/Dance)

Pink Siifu (feat. Peso Gordon & Conquest Tony Phillips) – Wayans Bros. (Rap)

Drug Store Romeos – Frame Of Reference (Dream Pop/Indie)

Daughters of Reykjavík (feat Stepmom) – Hot Milf Summer (Rap)

Zella Day – Golden (Disco)

Isaiah Rashad (feat. Smino) – Claymore (Rap)

Clairo – Amoeba (Singer-Songwriter/Chamber Pop)

Stef Chura & Esther Rose – Good Time (Rock)

Aluna & Punctual – Summer of Love (Dance)

Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray – Lamizè Pa Dous (Dance/Ambient)

Maxine Funke – Homage (Folk/Singer-Songwriter)

Laura Mvula – Church Girl (Pop)

Poppy – Flux (Indie Rock/Dance)

The War on Drugs – Living Proof (Rock)

Rodrigo Amarante – Maré (MPB/Singer-Songwriter)

Silk Sonic – Skate (Soul)

Lauren Ritter – Vespers (Octo Octa’s Dancing with the Moon at Dusk Mix) (House/Dance)

Midwife – Promise Ring (Ambient Pop/Shoegaze)

To listen to this playlist on Spotify, YouTube, or Apple Music please return to the top of the page

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