Summer Music Trends of May 2023

The early arrival of Summer Music might surprise you

Jacqueline Jax
6 min readMay 12


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The Arrival of Summer Music

The beautiful chill vibes of summer music have arrived, and we are eagerly anticipating what’s new. As the warm sun rays finally touch our skin, and the days become longer, we can’t help but feel the excitement of summer creeping in. With summer comes vibrant music that lifts our moods and sets the tone for the season ahead. In this playlist, we will explore the trending summer music of 2023, from soft and sentimental tunes to upbeat tracks that make us want to dance.

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Summer Music Trends for 2023

This year’s music scene is all about unfiltered emotions and authentic sounds that capture the essence of summer. Artists are pushing the boundaries of their creativity, making sure that their music resonates with listeners from all walks of life.

Afrobeats for Groovin Summer Days and Night

Everyone loves a good pop culture trend and hip hop music is no exception. With the advent of Bossa Nova and EDM into Hip Hop culture, what’s to come in 2023? Afrobeats, of course! Hip Hop has always been about being culturally relevant, perhaps even more than other genres, and this has led artists to take well-known sounds from other cultures and adopt them into their sound. Artists like ‘Gift Genesis’ are bringing back those lovely melodic afrobeats with songs like ‘Jetski’ and ‘You Know’ by Oxreen

Gift Genesis x Jøe Malø- Jetski!
“BHE are an incredible group of talented artists from the Southcoast of the UK, Bournemouth to be exact. Jetski by the members jøe Malø and Gift Genesis is a warm up to their upcoming Bornhungry EP.”

Oxreen — You Know
This Afrobeat song is about giving a girl everything and it not being good enough then offering the same to another and her appreciating it. This is Oxreen’s 3rd release.

Killertunes — Shy (feat. Not3s, BZ) *
“Shy” as the song is named is a perfect blend of moody afropop instrumentals with melodic rap and a soft hook to get listeners feeling relaxed. The song sees a crossover of mid tempo blend of jazz, hiphop & afropop with smooth deliveries of rap by South London artist, BZ & Singer-rapper Not3s and a melodious hook by Producer-Singer Killertunes, the song sees them discuss common topics such as sexual desires, the chase involved in achieving them, feelings, fame and wealth over a moody killertunes produced instrumental laced with a touch of late night vibes.

D Thanks — Monica
Dieumerci (D Thanks) is a singer songwriter,entrepreneur, records label owner. Born in DRC 01/07/1999 raised In Tanzania and malawi, currently based In Phoenix Arizona. With a unique sound of Afro sounds, RNB and pop. From Swahili his primary language to French and English is what makes him special mixing languages In one track is what make the magic. “Music is my therapy, and my recovery “ said D

Summer Bliss has Arrived..

While Afrobeats will certainly take center stage in our playlists, blissful tracks with smooth spacious soundscapes such as Chris Waters — Blue to Purple is a favorite of summer music lovers.

Chris Waters — Blue to Purple
Genre: Electro Pop, Adult Contemporary
Similar artists: Bazzi, Lauv, The Chainsmokers
“Back to my Electro-pop roots. “Blue to Purple” is about 2 people who are both in a dark place/ help each other get out of it. Produced by Matthew Tryba who has worked w T Swift/ One Republic. !”

What would summer be without those lovely R&B vibes like Schoney x JShow’s ‘Hamptons’ and Chuck Starrs ‘Swipe Right’ bring us those smooth soothing romantic R&B flavours that set the perfect soundscape for for lazy Summer days.

Schoney x JShow — Hamptons
Genre: Adult Contemporary R&B
This is an upbeat summer song that makes you want to roll the windows down and turn the music up. The hook gets everybody singing along.

Swipe Right by Chuck Starr

‘Swipe Right’ by Chuck Starr The Emotional Journey of Online Dating .. “Swipe Right,” by Chuck Starr expresses the many emotions that a person may feel and go through while trying to find love through online dating. This R&B single has roots in pop soul with a modern feel.

LoFi Summer Songs

The music that’s trending this spring/summer season is bright, with light floating vocals and soft passionate sentiment. One of the most prominent styles in this year’s summer music scene is lo-fi hip-hop. Lo-fi music has grown in popularity in recent years, and it’s no surprise that it has found its way into the summer scene. The genre’s relaxed, chilled-out sound creates the perfect backdrop for lazy days spent by the pool or at the beach. Lo-fi chill-hop like CJ Navigator’s elegant ethereal ambient instrumental ‘Coral Blue’ or My Opening Monologue by LnO will be a treasured play this summer as creators get really passionate about music play and experimental tracks.

LnO — My Opening Monologue
Genre: Conscious Lo-fi Hip-Hop
Similar artists: Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Free Party, Wale the Sage, Malik Elijah

Seattle based newcomer looking to carve out my own lane. very self aware and promoting of finding ones self through experience of life. we all have demons, im working on mine just like everyone else. hip hop / soul with conscious mind lyrics and stories.“Trying to offer something a little different with my music in the form of a somewhat streaming series. “My opening monologue “ acts as the pilot episode catalyst for what more is to come”.

CJ Navigator — Coral Blue
Study beats / Jazz-hop / Chill-hop Other: Ambient, Chillwave
Moods: Chill
Coral Blue: a chill fusion of ukulele + synth beats. Electronica artist with over 50k streams on Spotify.

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Upbeat Summer Dance Groves:

Apart from lo-fi and Afrobeats, upbeat pop and dance tracks are also making waves this summer.. Upbeat pop and dance tracks are also making waves this summer. From José Lucas’s Indie Pop ‘Valerie’ to July Quin’s Latin Pop Hip Hop Single ‘Culebra’ these tracks are sure to get you moving and grooving.

Let’s not forget about this disco vibes of artists like PARTIMAMA- ‘Come on get on the dance floor’.

Partimama — Come on get on the dance floor

Music Genre: disco/dance/pop
Vibe: late 80s/90s
Located in: Melbourne Australia
Sounds like: kylie minogue, early madonna
Another great dance/pop track called Come on Get On the Dancefloor, which is sure to get everyone dancing. This follows her very successful debut Mamma Loves Ya! The song has strong disco influences and references to the eighties and nineties when the disco scene was huge!! It is a funky, bright track with a very contagious chorus. Once again, well known Melbourne Music Producer Max Kourilov helped on the song.

José Lucas — Valerie

Genre: Indie PopZ
Moods: Happy, upbeat
‘Valerie’ — a seductive, sultry hybrid indie/pop/rock track that captures the essence of a summer setting.

July Quin — CULEBRA

Genre: Alternative Hip-Hop- Latin Pop
Moods: Energetic, Sexy, Moody
“Checkout July’s latest song from his new album. Culebra is a sexy, romantic and fun latin-pop/hip-hop infused track. A great track to dance and vibe to for Summer! Culebra is a latin-pop infused and lyrical hip-hop record. Dealing with the topics such as cyclical destruction and toxic relationships, July cleverly raps from a female’s point-of-view, while also cutting deep into his insecurities and vulnerability.



Jacqueline Jax

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