If a heatwave or two hasn’t yet tipped you off to the fact that summer has arrived, it’s probably clear by now from the influx of undeniable-groove-laced singles that it’s the most carefree time of the year. With that well of pop-song goodies still far from running dry, the latest contender for song of the summer drops today courtesy of one Jeremy Haywood-Smith, whose recent output as JayWood has mostly skewed more toward lazy-day chillwave and alt-R&B than dancefloor-minded jams.
“Dirk Gently (Know Yourself)” is the first taste of JayWood’s forthcoming EP Grow On, dropping August 11 via Captured Tracks, which also includes an alternate take on Slingshot cut “Thank You” and a cover of Tyler, the Creator’s “SWEET.” The new single, though, is designed to be moved to, with Haywood-Smith’s chillwave instrumentals skewing toward full-blown neon-shaded pop music, and those R&B falsettos matching the upbeat instrumental. “This shit nasty AF,” JayWood puts it bluntly. “If you hear this and you’re not shaking ya ass, WTF are we even doing here?”
Check out the track’s summery video directed by Min Soo Park below, and find the single on DSPs here.