Next week, Neo-Soul singer Bilal will release his fifth studio album, In Another Life, a sociopolitical detour from 2013's surrealist ode to romance, A Love Surreal. The album, which features appearances from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Kimbra, and more, touches on serious topics like police brutality ("Satellites") and the perils of wealth (the Kendrick Lamar collab "Money Over Love").
But Bilal, who's collaborated with Beyoncé and Erykah Badu, still knows how to have fun. In that spirit, we asked him to compose his ultimate summer playlist. "They are all nice, slow, and chill songs that are perfect for summer," he says. "There will be plenty of up-tempo songs for the summer, so now you have something more relaxing to choose from if you want to switch things up a little."