BEST CHILL SONGS - WEEK 19
It's that time of the week when We Are: The Guard once again encourage you to unplug from the mad rush of social media, and instead immerse yourself in the latest edition of Best Chill Songs. Don't worry if you feel a lil' FOMO to begin with – this is totally normal! Once you settle into this much-deserved musical sanctuary, you'll soon forget about whatever status, tweet, or Met Gala bathroom selfie that you might be missing out on, and instead find all of the good and posivibes that you need in the following tracks from Chrome Sparks, Jungle, Nina Nesbitt, and plenty of others.
DUSKUS & SAN HOLO – TAKE ME HOME
Duskus enlists bitbird founder San Holo for his latest single “Take Me Home.” The song, which closes out the London producer's recent debut EP cute, is four-and-a-half minutes of future bass bliss, with the mixture of shooting star synths and giggling pitched-up vocals evoking a real sense of arms-dangling-from-the-mattress, eyes-staring-at-the-ceiling childlike wonder in all of those who tune in.
CHROME SPARKS (FEAT. KLLO) – I JUST WANNA
Chrome Sparks returns with another enthralling cut from his forthcoming self-titled debut album. “I Just Wanna” hears the Brooklyn electronic producer teaming up with Chloe Kaul of We Are: The Guard favorites Kllo, with Chrome Sparks pouring his crystalline synth cascades down over her swirlingly lush vocal chops for an ambient listen like no other.
JUNGLE – HOUSE IN LA
Four years on from the release of their self-titled debut album, London collective Jungle return in grandiose style. “House in LA” is a luxurious neo-psychedelic swirl that lingers on the brain like a Californian heat mirage, with the whole thing coming topped off by an extravagant JFC Worldwide-directed video of Jungle watching the sunset from a mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
DARCI – ON MY OWN
Darci continue to send goosebumps through the blogosphere on their 10th release. “On My Own” is another moody vibe from this hip hop two-piece – whose identities are still unknown – with chilly trap beats and eerie synth flourishes holding down the late-night booty call: “Still I keep colder than stone/Till you blowing up my phone/Keeping with sexual tone/When I wanna leave alone.”
NINA NESBITT – THE SUN WILL COME UP, THE SEASONS WILL CHANGE
Edinburgh artist Nina Nesbitt reminds us that there'll always be light at the end of the tunnel on her latest single “The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change.” “My life's uncertain and sometimes strange/But one thing I've learned is it won't stay the same/Even in the darkness I'll be okay,” sings the 23-year-old on the beautifully drifting ballad, which recently featured in an episode of The CW drama Life Sentence starring Lucy Hale.
JAHKOY – REMINDED
Toronto's JAHKOY takes time out from adding the finishing touches to his debut album TANGIBLE in order to share “Reminded.” It's a scintillant reinvention of “U Remind Me” – the Usher R&B classic that recently turned 17 years old – with JAHKOY's inimitable golden falsetto coming set against a dancehall beat that channels some serious island vibes.
AMBER MARK – LOVE IS STRONGER THAN PRIDE (SADE COVER)
Prince once called Sade's “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” “one of the most beautiful songs ever,” and We Are: The Guard couldn't agree more. Those artists who choose to cover it have a lot to live up to, then – not that you'd believe it listening to New York City's Amber Mark, who makes the entire process sound utterly effortless on this bossa nova-inspired reinvention.
MURKAGE DAVE – YOU ALWAYS RING ME WHEN I'M BUSY
London's Murkage Dave brings soul music to the streets on his easy-listening latest single. The Hologram Lo-produced “You Always Ring Me When I'm Busy” is the sound of bus stops, chicken shops, and endless pavement, with the kitchen sink realism of the lyrics being brought to life by Murkage's smooth-sailing croon.
ROSTAM – SUMER
There's no shortage of songs written about or inspired by summer, although there are none that sound like Rostam's “Sumer.” Listen as the Washington, D.C. native blends the polyrhythmic experimentalism of his former band Vampire Weekend with beatific, celestial hues on the Half-Light cut, which samples the medieval English round “Sumer Is Icumen In,” and also includes perhaps the most estival use of sleigh bells since time began.
AQUILO – NOW & HERE
Aquilo mature into the fully formed artists that We Are: The Guard always knew that they could be on their new single “Now & Here.” Opening with delicate indie folk harmonies gently swaying in the wind, before transforming into a chamber pop symphony complete with its own horn section, “Now & Here” marks a triumphant step forward for these two young Englishmen, who recently released their second album ii via Island Records.
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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.