Just in time for the peak of the season, All Day I Dream’s 2020 ‘Summer Sampler’ has arrived. Squire, Dead-Tones, Double Touch, Lazarusman, DSF, Flowers On Monday, Makebo, Rowee, Death On The Balcony, and more star on the 12-piece offering, which shimmers and shines much like the days of the season the compilation takes inspiration from.
‘Summer Sampler’ is made cohesvie by its motifs, which consist of full-bodied, grooving basslines, vibrant instrumentation, soft pads, and enchanting vocal bits. If anything were to define the sweetly melodic aesthetic that comprises the label’s sound, this is certainly it.
Mass Digital’s “Lonely Souls” kicks things off, bouyed atop metallic, yet warm synth progressions and a reverberated bassline. These euphoric, airy aural flavours can be found in other ‘Summer Sampler’ contributions, including Double Touch’s “Circles,” “Brightness”’ by Lazarusman and Rowee, “Once Upon A Time,” and the compilation’s closer, “Paraouna”.
‘Summer Sampler’ thoroughly covers the more cinematic, emotive parts of the All Day I Dream sound as well. “The Source”, by Death On The Balcony, follows a bittersweet direction. Squire and Dead-Tones bring forth staccato, interlocking harmonies that grab attention, while Makebo’s ‘Just A Dream’ stands out with its bold string accents. Then of course, there’s the long-awaited “Don’t Give Up” by Flowers On Monday—which has been a staple All Day I Dream and similar sets of late. Its a dewey number defined by its vocal and string elements, making for a powerful listen.
The ‘Summer Sampler’ as a whole does well in sating cravings for sonic sunlight to pair with already temperate conditions. Order a copy here.