TOP CHILL MUSIC - WEEK 40
It's the most wonderful time of the year...OCTOBER! Ha! I'm SO excited that my favorite month of fall is finally here! I love everything about it – the changing of the leaves, the plummeting temperatures, Halloween... And I haven't even mentioned the music! There's no better way to pass these cold, dark nights than curled up under a blanket with a slice of pumpkin pie and a pair of headphones fully loaded with autumnal anthems! With the weekend fast-approaching, then, why not join me in getting your playlists October-ready this Friday with the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's Top Chill Music, featuring The Neighbourhood, Prince, San Holo, and many more?!
KEEPITINSIDE (FEAT. LANIE) – SWAY
San Diego producer and singer-songwriter Keepitinside will most definitely have you swaying along to his new single featuring Lanie. This three-and-a-half-minute lullaby is a truly tender-hearted listen, with Keepitinside coming to terms with his vulnerability and fear of intimacy atop a gentle acoustic, before switching things up just over midway into the waltz with a dream-inducing beat drop.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD – PARADISE
The Neighbourhood are regulars over at our indie column, but this is the first time that the band have featured in We Are: The Guard's Top Chill Music. One listen of “Paradise,” however, and you'll understand why I just HAD to include this slow-burning cut from their recent EP Ever Changing, which finds frontman Jesse Rutherford mediating on the fact that success doesn't always equal happiness.
TOM ROSENTHAL (FEAT. FENNE LILY) – HAVE WE MET BEFORE?
I'M NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING! Jokes aside, I never knew that a taxidermied stoat and owl could make me feel so many feelings! This video is so whimsically beautiful, as is the song that accompanies it – a charming reinvention of Tom Rosenthal's 2013 ballad “Have We Met Before?” featuring none other than We Are: The Guard favorite Fenne Lily.
PRINCE – INTERNATIONAL LOVER (PIANO & A MICROPHONE 1983 VERSION)
The world is so used to picturing Prince in a haze of purple paisley, but we're getting to see the music legend in an entirely different light on this cut from the recent posthumous release Piano & A Microphone 1983. Recorded at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, this piano demo of what would go on to become “International Lover” finds Prince at his most raw, musically, with the singer still managing to ooze a certain sensuality despite the more stripped-back setting.
STAYGOLD – NIGHTCRAWLER
And now for something completely different from Staygold... Having debuted on the blogpshere three months ago with a remix of Bazzi's “Beautiful,” the producer duo comprising of Adam Novodor of Bee's Knees and Niko the Kid return this October with “Nightcrawler” – a life-affirming piece of tribal house that hears Adam and Niko sampling a chant over their transcendental synth pyrotechnics.
MADI (FEAT. ROBOKID) – WHITE HORSE
Having tantalized me to the core with her debut single “Reprisal,” Madi returns to do it all over again on the Robokid-featuring follow-up. “White Horse” hears the Los Angeles songstress continuing to sound like every bit the seductress, with her alluring vocals emerging through the Middle Eastern-flavored instrumental in a haze of hookah smoke. FFO: Banks, Tsar B.
SVIBES – WHAT YOU NEED
The SVIBES just keep on coming! Following on from “Colored Walls / Fly Low,” the Oxford, Mississippi-via-Germany duo continue to set the mood on their latest single “What You Need” – a dark, brooding slice of electronic soul that once again hears frontman Sanders Bohlke's falsetto vocals taking center stage against a backdrop of hauntingly industrial atmospherics courtesy of producer Chris de Luca.
RHYE – HYMN
It's only been eight months since he released Blood, but Rhye is already back this October with new music in the form of “Hymn.” The song is a stunningly slow-building piece that finds Milosh's falsetto croon gradually getting overtaken by a breathtaking string arrangement, with the whole thing coming accompanied by a video that was shot in the rugged stretches of Big Sur and stars a familiar character from this clip for “Song for You...”
PRAA – Y
The French do everything better and that's most definitely the case with Praa, who reaches neo-soul nirvana on her latest single. “Can't you see that it's just fake?/That they're hiding what is true/Are you thinking that all this time that we're losing too?” sings the Elephant & Castle signee on “Y,” a sultry slice of trip hop-indebted bliss that hears Praa taking aim at Instagram fakery and how it impacts our real-life relationships.
SAN HOLO (FEAT. CASPIAN) – SURFACE
San Holo's album1 is a gift that keeps on giving. Every week I'm discovering something new to love about the 12-song collection, with my current obsession coming in the form of penultimate track “surface.” Described by the bitbird producer as one of his favorite pieces of music that he's ever written, the Caspian-featuring cut finds San experimenting with more ambient and post-rock soundscapes, while still delivering on the festival-ready drops.
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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.