It's so damn hot, and there's no escape. The subways are windowless sweat cells, the sidewalks are baking out a year's worth of street smells, and any grass that exists in this metropolitan volcano is brown and scratchy. 

The only solace we've found is in the music. We've been overwhelmed by the sheer mass and quality released in recent months, from brand new artists to established acts. See which songs are defining our summer '16  below, and follow us on Spotify to listen on the go.