Summer is the season of dressing down, and its music often reflects that. Party songs became breezier, less overwrought, and a spirit of muzzy languor seems to steal over even the spikiest of barn-burners. The threshold for intensity is lowered, and the desired mood is somewhere in the grey zone between the dancefloor and the beach-towel.
Like the neon-tropical cover art it sports, “Love Me Like That”, the latest single from State of Sound (out last week on Sony), has that just that kind of humid, summer-specific feel: its insistent sway and woozy, rum-drunk synth lines conjure up the fantasy vision of a beach party winding down, energized but exhausted of real adrenaline.
In the tradition of summery rap-singing, “Love Me Like That” sports a bouncy, over-stuffed vocal rhythm and lyrics that are more playful and optimistic than deep or novel. No worries there: “Love Me Like That” has no pretensions of being radical, and its spirit of contentedness and simplicity make it highly functional as the third-quarter dance track that it is. While its clichés and steady dynamics might not grant it any stand-out value, there’s enough of a good mood glow about “Love Me Like That” to promise a spot late in many a summer playlist rotation. Highly recommended for the casual, beach-hopping night owl.