GRiZ’ Summer ’97 Takes Us Back


We’ve got new music from GRiZ – well, sort of. We were especially excited to see the self-proclaimed “crunkstep” DJ/producer put out something new after releasing such an amazing new album, but it looks as though “Summer ’97” may be a bit more of a throwback, at least as far as GRiZ himself is concerned.

“Felt like spreading the love and dropping a summer vibes tune for everyone today,” he wrote in the SoundCloud description of the track. “This was a song that i started last summer but by the time i finished it it was almost winter and the timing was a bit weird so I continued to refine it and waited.”

And in fact, the energy of the track is considerably softer than his recent work. Largely a re-imagining of the 1971 Seals & Crofts rock and roll hit “Summer Breeze,” this “boom bap soul” number features instrumentals by Detroit-based guitarist Muzzy Bearr among a slew of other samples working in conjunction to give it a laid-back summer vibe. The track makes for a prime example of rich Denver bass in the same creative vein as artists like Pretty Lights or Big Gigantic, and certainly serves to reinforce GRiZ’ own discography.

Listen to “Summer ’97” by GRiZ and give us your thoughts on this soulful track by sounding off in the comments section.