BEST CHILL MUSIC - WEEK 37
Let's face it, September can be kind of crazy, what with most of us having to readjust to busy school and work schedules after the summer months. It can be hard keeping on top of your stress and anxiety levels during this period, but We Are: The Guard is here to help you gain back some control with the latest edition of Best Chill Music. Featuring all of the freshest soothing, calming sounds to hit the blogosphere over the last seven days, this playlist is sure to ease you into the forthcoming weekend in style. Headphones at the ready, then, as it's time for you to check out the following relaxing, peaceful vibes from Lana Del Rey, Bob Moses, Tash Sultana, ZHU, Clairo, and more.
LANA DEL REY – MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX
It's here, it's here! Following months of teasing, Lana Del Rey has finally shared the first taste from her forthcoming album and the follow-up to 2017's Lust for Life, and let me tell you, it's EVERYTHING! “Mariners Apartment Complex” is a cinematically melancholic piano ballad that, like all of Lana's music, feels like it's existed since the beginning of time, with her tragicomedy songwriting coming complimented by a widescreen instrumental courtesy of Bleachers frontman and all-round superproducer Jack Antonoff.
BOB MOSES – ENOUGH TO BELIEVE
Bob Moses prove that chill music doesn't need to exist without a pulse on “Enough to Believe.” The latest single to be unveiled from the Grammy Award-winning duo's album Battle Lines – which drops today on Domino Records – is the definition of an ambient banger, with an incessant, unrelenting four-on-the-floor beat acting as an anchor for frontman Tom Howie's explorative, meditative vocals.
SASHA SLOAN – THE ONLY
Loneliness is a common theme throughout pop music, although it's rare that someone is able to capture the pain of solitude quite like Sasha Sloan does on her latest single. “But I know that there's gotta be somebody out there/There's gotta be somebody somewhere/Who needs company/And it's comforting to know/I can't be the only one/Who's lonely tonight/No, I can't be the only,” sings the self-confessed “sad girl” on the follow-up to “Normal,” a devastating ballad that once again confirms Sasha as a master of her craft <3.
TASH SULTANA – CIGARETTES
Tash Sultana starts to see clear through the smoke on the latest single to be unveiled from her recent album Flow State. “Got a pack of cigarettes/25 in a deck/Don't you know this shit is not gonna solve your problems,” begins “Cigarettes,” a laid-back guitar groove that hears the Australian act breaking free from her past battles with drug addiction in order to embrace a new kind of natural high. P.S. Stay tuned for the guitar solo at 3:17. It's KILLER!
SLENDERBODIES – TOXIC (BRITNEY SPEARS COVER)
“Toxic” by Britney Spears is nothing short of a pop classic. If you're going to cover it, then, you better make sure that you're going to give it your all. I'm pleased to say that slenderbodies have done exactly that on this hotter-than-hell version of the In the Zone cut – which came out in 2003 (feel old yet?!) – with the Los Angeles duo bringing out the song's sexy side through their use of electronic guitars and falsetto vocals.
SYML – WDWGILY
It's what his name translates to in Welsh, but SYML is far from keeping it “simple” on his latest single “WDWGILY” (short for “Where Did We Go I Love You”). Taking inspiration from electronic master producers such as Jamie xx and James Blake, the song hears Brian Fennell experimenting with layers, textures, and dimensions like never before, resulting in perhaps his most alluring and hypnotic composition to date.
JERRY FOLK – LESSON
When it comes to making psychedelically cosmic grooves, nobody does it better than Jerry Folk. No, really, buckle up as the Norwegian producer and singer-songwriter is taking us on yet another 70s-style space odyssey on this centerpiece from his recent EP Leisure Tapes, with Jerry continuing to blend elements of electronic and soul in order to create a funkily intergalactic composition that doesn't sound of this universe.
ZHU – DROWNING
Dim the lights, as ZHU is setting the mood on this latest single to be unveiled from his recent album RINGOS DESERT. The Mind of a Genius producer is getting in touch with his inner The Weeknd on this late-night slice of R&B, which hears ZHU's sensuous falsetto vocals coming set against the kind of after-dark guitar work that wouldn't have sounded out of place on House of Balloons (“Wicked Games,” to be specific).
GOLDA – JADED
GOLDA are living up to their name and then some on the audio gold that is “Jaded.” Bringing together the modern-day R&B sounds of Frank Ocean and Miguel with the best of 90s-era boy bands, this lusciously sumptuous ode to a long-lost lover is sure to leave you holding out for more from this enigmatic German duo.
CLAIRO – HEAVEN
Skate Kitchen, a film that follows an all-girl skateboarding crew of the same name through New York City, was released to five-star reviews last month, and this September, Clairo has shared her contribution to the soundtrack. “Heaven” is a dreamy bedroom pop ballad that very much lends itself to director Crystal Moselle's coming-of-age picture, with Clairo's wistfully evocative voice only adding to the movie's spellbinding sense of teenage wonder.
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Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.