All Day I Dream’s 2020 ‘Summer Sampler’ has arrived right in time for peak season. The 12-piece offering features contributions from Squire, Dead-Tones, Double Touch, Lazarusman, DSF, Flowers On Monday, Makebo, Rowee, Death On The Balcony, and more.
Much like the warmth and brightness of the season, the tracks of ‘Summer Sampler’ are bound by vibrant instrumentation, soft pads, and enchanting vocal accents. It oozes with the languid, melodic aesthetic that defines the All Day I Dream sound.
The compilation kicks off with Mass Digital’s “Lonely Souls,” which floats along metallic, yet warm synth progressions that are sat atop a reverberated bassline. The airiness continues in pieces like Double Touch’s “Circles,” “Brightness”’ by Lazarusman and Rowee, “Once Upon A Time,” and the compilation’s closer, “Paraouna.”
Summer Sampler comes with a great deal of sentimentality and cinematic soundscapes as well. Death on the Balcony take a bittersweet direction with ‘The Source,’ while Squire and Dead-Tones hypnotize with twinkling, stuttered harmonies. Makebo’s ‘Just A Dream’ makes a statement with its sweeping string parts. Then of course, there’s the rising Flowers On Monday’s dewey, vocal and string-tinged ‘Don’t Give Up’—which has been a staple ID in All Day I Stream sets. Ultimately, the ‘Summer Sampler’ offers a transcendent listening experience to those looking for a spot of sonic sunlight.
The past nine years have seen All Day I Dream grow from a humble rooftop gathering to a veritable label and musical movement whose influence spans across the globe, drawing hundreds of thousands into its whimsical spaces lined with vibrant décor and emotive soundtracking. With the past year alone seeing the party filling out its spaces from Dubai to London, to San Francisco, and new label additions like Tim Green and Facundo Mohrr, All Day I Dream is poised to carry its legacy well into the new decade.