Kazak’s Picks: June 2021

Clockwise from top left: Black Hole by Griff (One Foot in Front of the Other mixtape artwork), Powder in the Air by Alice Ava (Can You Feel It album artwork by Alice Lin, photography by Kim Talon), Jackie by Yves Tumor (single artwork), and Love is Fire by Wildbirds and Peacedrums (single artwork)

It’s difficult to believe that we are already halfway through 2021, and June seemed to pull out all the stops to celebrate. Big names like Tyler, The Creator and Wolf Alice returned with monster efforts. Pop stars like Kali Uchis and Skott bucked conventional wisdom and released thoroughly enjoyable acoustic versions of their best tracks. CHVRCHES teamed up with rock legend Robert Smith (of The Cure), and MF DOOM delivered yet another brilliant guest verse despite the tragic fact that he is no longer with us. Here is a small collection of the very best tracks from this fantastic month.

Any track that was released as a single or as part of an album, EP, or any other kind of musical project in June was eligible for inclusion for this month’s playlist (which is why you might see some tracks that first emerged in previous months or in 2020).

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 June’s Honourable Mentions please click here

Apple Music


Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above. Please note that Honey Dijon’s Unleash is not included in the Spotify and YouTube version of this playlist – unfortunately it appears to be some sort of Apple Music exclusive.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Love Is Fire (Jazz/Pop)

Wolf Alice – Delicious Things (Rock)

Jessie Ware – Hot N Heavy (Dance/Pop)

Kojey Radical – 2FS (Rap)

Griff – Black Hole (Pop)

illuminati hotties – Pool Hopping (Indie Rock)

Kali Uchis – telepatía (acoustic) (Pop/World)

Your Old Droog & MF DOOM – Dropout Boogie (Hip-Hop)

Ava Max – EveryTime I Cry (Pop/Dance)

Hildegard – Jour 2 (Electronic/Experimental)

TORRES – Hug from a Dinosaur (Rock)

Tyler, The Creator – LUMBERJACK (Rap)

Sault – Bitter Streets (Neo-Soul)

Pom Pom Squad – Red with Love (Indie Rock)

Greentea Peng – This Sound (Psychedelic R&B/Dub)

CHVRCHES & Robert Smith – How Not To Drown (Indie Rock)

TWICE – Scandal (K-Pop)

Japanese Breakfast – Kokomo, IN (Baroque-Pop)

Genesis Owusu – Same Thing (Funk/Pop)

Alice Ava – Powder in the Air (Singer-Songwriter/Pop)

Honey Dijon – Unleash (feat Cor.Ece) (Dance/House)

Remi Wolf – Liz (Pop)

Kari Faux – Outta Sight (Rap/Hip-Hop)

Trym – Power (Radio Mix) (Dance)

Wet Leg – Chaise Longue (Indie Rock)

GoldLink – Raindrops (feat. Flo Milli) (Rap)

Throwing Snow – Traveller (Dance/Ambient)

MARINA – Ancient Dreams in A Modern Land (Pop)

Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Zengadyw Derekou (Jazz/World)

LAUREL – Wild Side (Pop)

Skott – Amelia (Acoustic) (Singer-Songwriter)

Yves Tumor – Jackie (Glam-Rock)

Bleachers – How Dare You Want More (Indie Rock)

Karen Nyame KG – Mantra (feat. Taliwhoah) (Electronic/R&B)

Gaspard Augé – Hey! (Disco/Dance)

Rostam – Kinney (Indie Pop)

Madi Diaz – Woman in My Heart (Blues/Singer-Songwriter)

Khruangbin & Quantic – Pelota (Cut a Rug Mix) (Dance/Funk/Psychedelic)

Enji – Khorom (Singer-Songwriter/Alternative)

King Princess – House Burn Down (Rock/Pop)

Lucy Dacus – Triple Dog Dare (Indie Rock)

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

Honourable Mentions

Tracks appear in alphabetical order, so try putting the playlist on shuffle!


Absolutely Free – How to Paint Clouds (Electronic)

Ada Lea – hurt (Singer-Songwriter)

Aldous Harding – Old Peel (Singer-Songwriter)

beabadoobee – Cologne (Indie Rock)

Big Red Machine – Latter Days (feat. Anaïs Mitchell) (Indie Rock)

Caleb Giles – Won’t Do (Rap)

CAPSULE – Hikari no disco (Dance/Glitch-Pop)

Clairo – Blouse (Singer-Songwriter)

Deap Vally & Jennie Vee – I Like Crime (Rock)

Dizzy – Sunflower, Are You There? (feat. Kevin Garrett) (Pop/Singer-Songwriter)

Doja Cat – Need To Know (R&B/Pop)

Emotional Oranges – All That (feat. Channel Tres) (R&B)

ENNY – I Want (Rap/Hip-Hop)

Evidence – Sharks Smell Blood (Rap)

Future Utopia – Freedom (feat. Albert Woodfox, Kano & Greentea Peng) (Rap)

Gang of Youths – the angel of 8th ave. (Indie Rock)

Geese – Disco (Indie Rock/Alternative)

Hiatus Kaiyote – Chivalry is Not Dead (Funk/Glitch Pop)

Helado Negro – Gemini and Leo (Indie Pop)

Ichiko Aoba – Easter Lily (Roots Version) (Folk/Singer-Songwriter)

John Grant – County Fair (Singer-Songwriter)

Julia Daigle – Usage domestique (Indie Pop)

Jungle – Talk About It (Indie Pop)

Junodream – Let Me Breathe Again (Alternative)

Kings of Convenience – Rumours (Folk/Singer-Songwriter)

La Luz – In the Country (Indie Rock/Retro-Pop)

Lauren Flax – Out of Reality (feat. Alejandra de la Deheza) (Electronic)

Liars – Big Appetite (Rock)

Lightning Bug – The Flash (Indie Rock)

Little Simz – Rollin Stone (Rap)

Liz Phair – The Game (Pop)

Maple Glider – As Tradition (Singer-Songwriter)

Mariah the Scientist – 2 You (R&B)

Marisa Monte – Calma (MPB)

Mega Bog – Crumb Back (Indie Rock)

Mr Juke & Barney Artist – Check the Pulse (feat. Kofi Stone) (Hip-Hop)

Mykki Blanco – Trust a Little Bit (R&B/Rap)

NAO – Messy Love (R&B)

Overmono – So U Kno (Dance)

Pozi – Sea Song (Indie Rock)

Priya Ragu – Forgot About (Neo-Soul/R&B)

Rico Nasty – Magic (Rap/Pop)

Tara Lily – The Things You Do (R&B/Pop)

Tkay Maidza – Cashmere (R&B/Funk)

tricot – INAI (Rock)

Tropical Fuck Storm – G.A.F.F. (Rock)

Vial – Violet (Indie Rock)

Yuragi – Underneath It All (Shoegaze/Rock)

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