BEST CHILL SONGS - WEEK 43
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's Best Chill Songs! That's right, in advance of the Halloween party madness this weekend, it's time to take 30 minutes or so to relax and unwind this Friday with the chillest vibes to have hit up the blogosphere over the last seven days! The following tracks from Moby, Billie Eilish, Baauer, RY X, Novo Amor, and more are also likely to come in handy on Sunday when you're recovering from having downed one too many pumpkin spice cocktails, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, eh?!
MOBY – FALLING RAIN AND LIGHT
Seven months on from its release, and Moby's Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt continues to be a gift that keeps on giving, with Richard Melville Hall returning with the video for the ninth song on the album, the crashing “Falling Rain and Light.” “The video concept is simple: a world after people,” writes Moby of the surprisingly life-affirming clip. “It's not that I don't like people, but it seems like we might not be around for too much longer, and sometimes that seems like it might not be such a bad thing.”
PINK SWEAT$ – WOULD YOU
Pink Sweat$ is aiming straight for the heartstrings with his new single “Would You.” Featuring a simple acoustic backing, this ride-or-die lullaby acts as a stunning showcase for the Philly native's soulful range and profound lyricism, with Pink Sweat$ restraining and amplifying his voice in all of the right places in order to guarantee full emotional impact.
BILLIE EILISH – WHEN THE PARTY'S OVER
Everything that Los Angeles singer and walking art installation Billie Eilish touches strikes that perfect balance between stunning and darkly twisted, and this video for the 16-year-old's latest single, piano ballad “when the party's over,” comes as no exception. “A bit ago, I was given this beautiful piece of art from a fan that was a drawing of me with black eyes leaking. I thought it was visually really dope and I wanted to physically create it,” says Billie of the hauntingly eerie clip, which has already clocked up over 1 million views on YouTube.
UMI – REMEMBER ME
Close your eyes and drift away with UMI's “Remember Me.” The rising R&B singer will have you feeling as free as that hot-air balloon pictured in the cover art with this leisurely paced vibe, which hears UMI poignantly addressing a past lover, asking them “Will you remember the way that I was?” over an instrumental that's as warm as the late-October sun.
BAAUER (FEAT. SOLEIMA) – COMPANY
Just in time for November, Baauer returns with the ultimate “cuffing season” anthem. “Maybe it's the wintertime, maybe it's the cold/Maybe I'm just here alone/Just want your company,” sings guest vocalist Soleima through a wall of vocoder on “Company,” an intimate ASMR pop bop (yes, I did just invent a genre called ASMR pop!) that'll keep you warm like a lover's body over the coming months.
PRYKA & WESTERNS – ISLAND (1010)
If you've ever felt like giving up on this whole “adulting” thing and escaping to a desert island, then you're not alone. Michigan's PRYKA is living out that very fantasy, in fact, on “Island (1010),” a sultry downtempo collaboration with Westerns that hangs heavy like a heat mirage, with PRYKA making like every bit the exhausted traveler with his hallucinatory lyrics about Krispy Kremes dangling from trees (no, really!).
RHYE – WASTE (RY X REMIX)
RY X is delivering nine minutes worth of sweaty basement club euphoria on this remix of Rhye's “Waste.” Listen as the Australian artist charges the Blood cut with some seriously propulsive techno energy while still maintaining the raw vulnerability of the original on this dance floor-friendly reinvention, which comes paired with a video that “studies the relationship between the private and public spheres, and how we find freedom in both.”
THE BLANCOS – ALL ON ME NOW
Following on from their powerful protest song “We're Tired” featuring Joyner Lucas, Brooklyn-via-South Florida duo The Blancos return with another sucker punch to the chest in the form of “All on Me Now.” It's a devastatingly raw piano ballad about the daily struggle to put food on the table, pay the bills, and generally survive, with The Blancos reciting the lyrics with such soulful conviction, it'll take your breath away.
NOVO AMOR – REPEAT UNTIL DEATH
Have you ever listened to a song that made you swell with so much emotion that you felt like you could burst?! I felt like that listening to “Repeat Until Death” by Novo Amor. Taken from the Welsh folk singer's recent debut album Birthplace, it's a sweepingly gorgeous, exquisitely introspective composition that comes along at just the right time as we hunker down in preparation for winter, with Novo Amor telling Clash Magazine that “Repeat Until Death” is one of his favorite tracks that he's ever written.
YOSHI FLOWER (FEAT. JESSE RUTHERFORD) – FOR WHICH I DANCE
Yoshi Flower joins forces with The Neighbourhood's jesse rutherford on this standout track from his recent debut mixtape AMERICAN RAVER. “FOR WHICH I DANCE” is a smoothly soulful ditty that hears the Detroit musician counterbalancing an existential crisis with thoughts of nihilism and hedonism, with Yoshi and jesse sounding like legitimate brothers over the bedrock of lo-fi hip hop beats.
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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.