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Sounds of summer playlist by Olivia Lopez

Downtown LA-based writer and travel influencer curates a playlist of tracks to get you dreaming of sunshine escapes

Sounds of summer playlist by Olivia Lopez

Based in Downtown LA, Olivia Lopez is an expert when it comes to knowing local spots, and published her first book last year, Lust For Los Angeles, as a love letter to her city.

Yet, a quick scan of her Instagram by any of her 340,000 followers shows an envious peek into adventures all around the world, including the beaches of the French Riviera and artist studios in Brooklyn. While it's uncertain how any of us will be spending our summer, for Lopez, the new season brings the promise of a new beginning - and she has compiled the perfect tunes for the change of mood.

Olivia Lopez

The music in the playlist is inspired by the feeling of possibility that summer often lends: tracks with a build-up, an up-beat, and that take you cruising