Summertime. It’s all about long drives with the windows down, kids in the back screaming with joy, and great tunes blasting through the speakers of the family cruiser. This season, get your little beat-buddies grooving to a few new jams from the indie-kid music scene. From jazzy kicks to killer electronic tracks, flip through for 11 albums perfect for warm weather dance parties—in or out of the car.

Recess Monkey – Hot Air

Kindie rock’s perennial flower blooms a sonic gem of a summer album. The Seattle trio’s 11th CD (eleventh!!) is about air travel, spacing out and flightless birds---it’s just about the best thing you’ll hear this year. Veteran indie rocker John Vanderslice leads what the band promises to be their fanciest album to date; spacy and atmospheric sound textures abound and four of the new songs get a full-on musical treatment with orchestration by Recess Monkey drummer Korum’s bro, composer Jherek Bischoff.

Online: Recess Monkey Town


Which album will you put on repeat this summer? Share with us in the comments!

—Jeff Bogle