TOP CHILL MUSIC - WEEK 12

3/23/18
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo

The Internet can be an exhausting and anxiety-inducing place. Whether it's your friend's newest selfie, that blogger's most recent think piece, or your social media of choice's latest trending meme, keeping up with the constant barrage of bandwidth can be enough to rip anyone's sanity to shreds. If you're looking to unplug from the mad rush of information this Friday morning, then We Are: The Guard is here to help. As the weekend approaches, take 30 minutes or so out of your day to ground and center yourself with yet another edition of Top Chill Music, featuring Kygo, SOHN, Twin Shadow, and seven other favorites.

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BENNY MAYNE – BASIC BITCH

If you've ever had the misfortune of dating the kind of girl who's first in line for Starbucks and 50 Shades, or the kind of guy who lives vicariously though Entourage and GQ Magazine, then Benny Mayne feels your pain on his latest single – a low-key piece of R&B that hears the Toronto crooner sticking it to the basic bitches and fuckboys of the world over a bed of skittering trap beats and blues licks.

 

KYGO – REMIND ME TO FORGET

Just in time for festival season, Norwegian producer Kygo returns with the Miguel-featuring breakup anthem “Remind Me to Forget.” Coming after “Stranger Things” – his recent collaboration with OneRepublic – it hears the irrefutable king of tropical house going big and beautiful, with the angelic dulcet tones of Miguel riding high on Kygo's sparkling synth cascades.

 

SOBHHÏ – YEA, I DISAPPEARED

Close your eyes and sink into the sounds of sobhhï, the Dubai singer-songwriter and producer who makes his debut on We Are: The Guard with “Yea, I Disappeared.” Featured on his recent debut EP RED I, this is shivering, intangible alternative R&B made for after dark, when explorative melodies suspend the consciousness in order to weave a nocturnal world of their very own creation.

 

SOHN – HUE

Ahead of the start of his European tour next month, SOHN has shared “Hue.” Following on from last year's Rennen, the song hears the London producer's vitreous breed of electronica coming framed in a more neoclassical setting, with gilded piano notes running through SOHN's translucent falsetto and blasts of sub-bass like gold leaf runs through glass.

 

DEUTSCH DUKE – SO REAL

Deutsch Duke finds catharsis on his evocative latest single. Written following the death of his brother Darren, “So Real” – which comes paired with a video starring Deutsch's son Bastien – is a devastatingly beautiful listen, with the Sydney producer undergoing a kind of healing process as he weaves the song's soulful vocal refrain – “Remember me, remember me, remember me” – around an atmospheric electronic swirl.

 

JP SAXE – THE FEW THINGS

JP Saxe winds us in by the heartstrings and doesn't let go on his latest single “The Few Things.” “You're one of the few things that I'm sure of/You're one of the few things that I know already/I could build my world of,” whispers the Toronto singer-songwriter on the exquisitely tender billet-doux – the kind that every lover dreams of receiving one day.

 

TWIN SHADOW (FEAT. RAINSFORD) – BRACE

George Lewis, Jr. – the equal parts groovy and otherworldly artist also known as Twin Shadow – follows up the HAIM-featuring bop “Saturdays” with yet another song from his forthcoming album Caer. “Brace” is a pop-oriented piece that sounds like Tom Petty's “Free Fallin'” cast in beatific hues, with Twin Shadow even making reference to the late Heartbreaker in the track's heavenly pre-chorus: “I was stuck on that phone call/Tom Petty waiting on a free fall.”

 

TOKIMONSTA (FEAT. ISAIAH RASHAD, JOEY PURP & AMBRÉ) – NO WAY (KINGDOM REMIX)

TOKiMONSTA's Lune Rouge was one of We Are: The Guard's favorite albums of last year, and next month, Jennifer Lee is giving us the chance to hear the LP in an entirely different light with Lune Rouge Remixed. Coming out on TOKiMONSTA's imprint Young Art Records, the album is set to feature remixes by everyone from SOFI TUKKER to Felix Cartal, with KINGDOM preceding the release with his darkened take on “No Way,” which recalibrates the Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp, and Ambré-featuring cut for an underground basement club.

 

SEINABO SEY (FEAT. JACOB BANKS) – REMEMBER

Two and a half years on from the release of her debut album Pretend, Stockholm's Seinabo Sey returns with “Remember.” To say that it was worth the wait would almost seem an understatement. Featuring Seinabo joining forces with another one of the most powerful voices in contemporary soul music, Birmingham's Jacob Banks, to sing their hearts out over an emotional organ drift, “Remember” is a love song like no other that we won't be forgetting in a hurry.

 

LIFE IN SWEATPANTS – ARE WE ON THE SAME ROAD

There comes a time in every relationship when a couple has to ask themselves, “Are we all in, or are we all out?” This is the exact moment that enigmatic bedroom pop band Life in Sweatpants (L.I.S. for short) examine on their latest single “Are We on the Same Road” – a song that, much like the relationship in question, hisses and hums with potential in the early stages, before exploding like an incandescent comet in the night sky come the climax.

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Until next week, stay chill. x

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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.