Travel the world without leaving your living room.
– KEYS SOULCARE
One thing’s for certain: travel is soulcare, but touring foreign lands doesn’t always require a plane ticket. If you’re looking to explore what the world has to offer, all you need to do is press play on a beat-blasting playlist. Music lets your mind wander and leaves your heart full — no matter where you are — and we’ve got the hitmakers you need to expand your global repertoire. Read on to discover the tunes you’re sure to adore all summer long.
Gardênia | Lisbon, Portugal
Sweet as her floral-inspired name, Gardênia is the local singer-songwriter and DJ to know in Lisbon. Originally from Brazil, Gardênia’s connection to warm lands and welcoming spirits is felt in every lyric. As she continues to blossom on the music scene, Gardênia stays close to her roots. Want the perfect meditation? Imagine sitting seaside and put this acoustic melody on repeat.
November Ultra | Paris, France
November Ultra is known for her deep, sultry tone and cinematographic bedroom pop. With the release of her EP Honey Please Be Soft & Tender followed by her debut album Bedroom Walls, the French artist has garnered some well-deserved attention. Her intimate songs will transport you through romantic rendezvous with her unique mix of tech, R&B, and retro influences.
Tóke | Berlin, Germany
Tóke is truly an international artist. (You can even catch him at the Havana World Music Festival). Born in Jakarta, Indonesia and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Tóke brings his multicultural background into his music. With a combination of acoustic guitars, reggae, and pop melodies, Tóke creates a whole new vibe worthy of every adventure. Take a dip into his single “Blue Lagoon” or watch Tóke work his magic live to get a feel for his indie sound.
Rachel Chinouriri | Croydon, United Kingdom
Despite her recent TikTok fame, Rachel Chinouriri has been dropping layered hits for years. The 23-year-old English singer created trends by simply asking TikTokers to boost her singles “So My Darling” and “All I Ever Asked.” In the end, Rachel captured the hearts — and ears — of millions along the way. If you’re looking to be the main character of your summer, Rachel is a must-have playlist to your life.
Tems | Lagos, Nigeria
Tems is the embodiment of shining at full wattage. The Nigerian singer’s fusion of R&B, NeoSoul, and Afrobeats is a welcomed addition to any soulcation. Tem’s music comes with a mission to represent and advance Nigerian culture through her alternative twist on traditional sounds. With tracks like “Crazy Tings” from her latest EP If Orange Was A Place, Tems will set the mood for any summery escape.
Who’s on your international summer playlist? Share your favorite artists and tunes in the comments!