The Dirty Heads featuring Rome, "Lay Me Down"

As temperatures rise, those searching for the song of the summer will find a solid contender in "Lay Me Down." The track is a collaboration between rising Orange County, Calif., reggae rockers the Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez. Not coincidentally, it harks back to the hip-hop-infused ska popularized by Sublime, the band Ramirez now fronts. Opening with a breezy string of "oohs" that recalls Jack Johnson's "Hope," the song lifts the energy with chugging guitar riffs, a freewheeling chorus and feel-good lyrics delivered with rhythmic punch: "I could never ask for nothing better than this/It's just tequila and the beach, it's hot and salty when we kiss." Engineered for beachside consumption, the lyrics of "Lay Me Down" will no doubt make fitting captions for plenty of summer photo albums.-Connor McKnight

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