TOP CHILL MUSIC - WEEK 32
Welcome, welcome, welcome, everyone, to the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's Top Chill Music. I'm not sure about y'all, but I've had a hellah stressful few days (looong story!), so this playlist quite frankly couldn't come soon enough! Even if you've had a pretty relaxing one as far as working weeks go (jealous, much?!), you should still check out the following hand-selected tracks from San Holo, Wingtip, Tom Odell, RYAN Playground, Always Never, and more. After all, it's Friday, the sun is out, and who doesn't deserve to enjoy a bit of me-time ahead of the weekend?!
SAN HOLO (FEAT. SOFIE WINTERSON) – LIFT ME FROM THE GROUND
SAN HOLO IS BACK! SAN HOLO IS BACK! Following on from the announcement that he's finished work on his much-anticipated album, the bitbird founder returns this August with the lead single “lift me from the ground,” a song that's so very soaring, it almost sent me into orbit. “'lift me from the ground' is a song I wrote to describe the feeling of meeting somebody who makes you feel like you're floating,” writes San on SoundCloud. “I wanted this song to be something with a big drop but not with a typical trap beat that you might expect from me.”
WINGTIP – PAVEMENT
Wingtip returns with a song that's fresher than an August breeze. Like running through fields of wheat on a late summer's day, there's something warm and nostalgically life-affirming about this folk-infused latest single to be unveiled from the San Francisco producer's incoming EP Ghosts of Youth, with Wingtip incorporating just enough electronic flourishes to keep it interesting to a modern ear.
TOM ODELL – JUBILEE ROAD
There's something timeless about the music of Tom Odell. Like his songs have existed since forever. “Jubilee Road,” the latest single to be unveiled from his forthcoming album of the same name, is no exception. Written about Tom's experiences while living in a terraced house in a leafy suburb in London, it's a classic piano ballad that could form part of the same rich tapestry as storytellers Randy Newman and Billy Joel.
RAFFAELLA – BRUCE WILLIS
It's been close to a year since Raffaella dropped her debut single “Sororicide,” but the New York City-born, Los Angeles-based songstress finally returns this 2018 with “Bruce Willis.” With Raffaella's dreamlike vocal cascades coming surrounded by a Phil Spector-style Wall of Sound, “Bruce Willis” is the definition of pop music perfection, with lyrics that comment on the plastic life of California living: “Listening to Lennon/I'm walking down Rodeo Drive/Trees and designer tees/I'm so alone and alive.”
FEBUEDER – THEN THERE WERE TWO
Febueder explore “relationships, the pursuit of understanding, love, and growth” on their hypnotic new single. Written after the Ascot avant-garde outfit returned to their original two-piece formation, “Then There Were Two” is a deep dive into the viscera that comes accompanied by an equally enchanting video directed by Jane Qian and starring dancers Jeremy Julion Grandberry and Brooklynn Reeves.
SUMMER WALKER – GIRLS NEED LOVE
Women are so often portrayed as “the prude” by the media that it STILL comes as a shock to many that, yes, LADIES ENJOY SEX JUST AS MUCH AS MEN! LVRN signee Summer Walker is announcing that fact loud and proud on her new single “Girls Need Love,” a sultry-as-hell R&B banger that oozes with sexual empowerment.
RYAN PLAYGROUND (FEAT. ROBERT ROBERT) – PIE IN THE SKY
Hold on tight, as Montreal model-turned-musician RYAN Playground is taking us on quite the joyride on her latest single. “Roller coaster in my mind/I guess I'm up the hill now/Eyes are closed for the way down,” begins “Pie in the Sky,” a blissful three-and-a-half-minute journey through the highs and lows of daily life, as reflected in RYAN's use of both acoustic and electronic sections.
MAY – FALLING
Every once in a while, a voice comes along that completely stops you in your tracks. MAY has such a voice. The Melbourne artist has an air of doomed cabaret singer about her on her debut single “Falling,” a beguiling, romantic piano ballad that acts as a precursor to her EP Phantom. “I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote it,” reveals MAY in a press release. “He was my first love, I was blinded by it. I've never been in love since and it's the only song I have written that comes from this naive vulnerability.”
ALWAYS NEVER – DANGEROUS
Love is a dangerous game, and if you play with it, you might get burned. Always Never come to this painful realization on their latest single, the aptly titled “Dangerous,” an oh-so-sizzling slice of electronic R&B that's keeping our temperatures up while we wait on the Toronto duo to drop their album later this month.
VŌX – SWIM GOOD (FRANK OCEAN COVER)
Concluding with a truly haunting cover of Frank Ocean's “Swim Good” courtesy of We Are: The Guard favorite vōx. The Los Angeles artist succeeds in bringing a whole new perspective to the nostalgia,ULTRA. cut, with shivering trap hi-hats and very little else acting as a backdrop to vōx's signature vocoder vocals. “I feel the desperation of wanting to shed your past and be reborn,” writes vōx on Facebook of the deeply atmospheric cover. Listen.
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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.