BEST CHILL SONGS - WEEK 27
Struggling with the return to reality after your Fourth of July celebrations? I FEEL YOUR PAIN! A hangover is NEVER fun, ESPECIALLY when it's over 100° outside! Fear not, however, as We Are: The Guard is here to rescue you from all of your post-Independence Day, PBR-induced ills with the latest edition of Best Chill Songs! As another weekend rolls around, then, soothe your sore head this Friday with the following chillax-to-the-max tracks from Drake, The Magician, Talos, EDEN, Billie Eilish, and five other faves!
DRAKE (FEAT. MICHAEL JACKSON) – DON'T MATTER TO ME
Woah, I guess that Pusha T really did murder Drake, because now he's up in heaven making music with none other than MICHAEL JACKSON! Jokes aside, this ballad from Drizzy's recent double album Scorpion featuring a beyond-the-grave guest spot from MJ is nothing short of ANGELIC! Honestly, I don't think that I'll EVER get tired of hearing that man's voice!
THE MAGICIAN (FEAT. CLEW AND PROV) – BUILD A FIRE
You KNOW that it's summer when The Magician drops a track! Forget the estival solstice, I only believe that winter is TRULY over when Stephen Fasano delivers on the funky disco vibes! Featuring Chicago duo Clew and Prov, this groovy house number, with its anthemic piano stabs, has “festival season” written ALL over it!
TEFLON SEGA – WHAT TIME IS IT IN PARIS
Like it isn't hot enough around here, Teflon Sega returns with yet more fire in the form of “What Time Is It in Paris.” No, really, I recommend that you listen to this oh-so-sexual R&B ballad while hugging a high-powered AC unit, because this shit is seriously going to send your temperature through the roof. *Furiously fans self*
SARO – SARDONIC
Los Angeles artist Saro completes his five-part video series released in support of his recent EP Boy Afraid by sharing the haunting clip for “Sardonic.” Directed by Alex Cook, it's very much a visual representation of the dark, cavernous, and emotionally charged music that it accompanies, with Saro seen embracing his demons, which are depicted in the form of vines.
BEN ZAIDI – LAKE MOREY.
It's been a minute since we've heard from Ben Zaidi, the self-described “poet-songmaker” creating music somewhere between Brooklyn and Seattle, but he's back this week with “Lake Morey.,” a beautifully melancholic cocoon of sound that finds Ben's existential musings coming wrapped up in a warm blanket of electric pianos.
TALOS – ODYSSEY PT II
Stop what you're doing for the next five minutes and enjoy the mesmerizing “Odyssey Pt II” by Irish crooner Talos. This is pure emotion laid bare for all of us to see, therefore it only seems right that we give the song and its transfixing accompanying video, as directed by Máni M. Sigfússon, the full attention that it very much deserves.
EDEN – ABOUT TIME
Q: Can EDEN do any wrong?! A: NO, NO HE CANNOT! The Dublin troubadour is once again reaching through to my heartstrings and tying them in knots on his latest single “about time,” an intangible guitar-driven meditation that hears EDEN switching things up with a poetic spoken-word topline.
SUNNI COLON – TECHNICOLOR
Sunni Colon is bringing a burst of color to our lives with his dreamy latest single. “Technicolor” finds the Los Angles art rocker cloudbusting over California, with Sunni emitting an undeniable West Coast cool as he sings down from the sky: “Flying over California/Everything in technicolor/Animated motion pictures/Beautiful birds hover.”
NOAH SLEE – STAYED
Noah Slee's music has a late-night, early-morning quality about it. It's the kind of music that you want to listen to after the after-party, when the high has gone and loneliness has started to set in, as depicted in this introspective, ultraviolet video for Otherland cut “Stayed,” which director Adam Sait describes as “a solo hallucinatory comedown set in Berlin.”
BILLIE EILISH – HOTLINE BLING (DRAKE COVER)
Because you can never have too much Drake, right? RIGHT? For real, though, this folky lil' cover of “Hotline Bling” that We Are: The Guard favorite Billie Eilish has dropped on SoundCloud to celebrate the release of Scorpion is straight-up EVERYTHING! Now all I need for her to do is a ukulele cover of “I'm Upset” and my life will be COMPLETE!
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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.