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Summer Holiday  - Cliff Richard

Couldn’t resist including this which is a family favorite when the Urlich whanau

heads North. Cliff’s irresistible celebration of the annual vacation went to number 1 twice in the UK and somehow you can feel the warm seaside breeze on your face as he sings.

 Seasons Change (Waiting on You)- Future Islands

The critics raved about this song when it was released in 2014 by American synth pop band, Future Islands and only gathered momentum when they performed it live on the Late Show with Letterman, due to the unique style of lead singer Samuel Herring. When the bassline hits I hope you’re on the open road.


Loose Cartilage  - The Black Seeds

Wellington based collective, The Black Seeds have been playing for more than 20 years and included Brett McKenzie, (Flight of the Conchords) in their ever –changing line-up. This feisty little instrumental has groove and attitude.

Childish Gambino - Feels Like Summer

The multi-talented Childish Gambino ( real name, Donald Glover) is a singer, writer, actor, and director who seems to effortlessly swing between genres. I love the atmosphere he creates with the percussion and multi-layered vocals. Best listened to on an island.

TThe Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

Well they’re called the Beach Boys because they liked surfing, sea and parties on the sand. A genius pop song by Brian Wilson, it’s chorus is a classic and hopefully brings you good vibes when you hear it.

 In The Air- L.A.B 

Currently headlining all the big summer festivals, L.A.B. have bottled a breezy, funky sound that everyone loves. This chart-topping track features the winning vocals of Joel Shadbolt.

Come and Get Your Love - Redbone

Hard to resist this track with it’s bright singalong chorus and those 70’s sounding guitars. Redbone was one of the few chart bands to feature Native Americans and this song was used in the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

This Girl -  Kungs 

Originally written and released by Melbourne outfit, Cookin’ on 3 Burners, this song became an international hit when it was remixed by French producer, Kungs. Really good accompaniment to cocktail-making.

 Pipeline - The Chantays

You can’t have a summer holiday playlist without some surf rock! One of the

greats from Californian band, The Chantays, it always brings a smile. Obviously to be played when you’re parked up overlooking a surf break.

Bone - Fat Freddy’s Drop

These guys are the epitome of laid back NZ groove and this song with the syncopated beats and horns under Joe Dukie’s vocal, captures the recipe that has made them so popular, both at home and in Europe.

 Evil - Jazzy Jeff

Why its called Evil I don’t know, but this track is cool and makes me want to seat-dance if I was driving. Thanks to Earth, Wind and Fire for the original and Jazzy for the remix.

Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks

One of my all time favourite bands, The Kinks’ Ray Davies collars the weary resignation of someone who has been defeated in relationship battle and is now licking his wounds. Lucky for the sunny afternoon.