TOP CHILL MUSIC - WEEK 44
Hi, chillheads! How are you?! How was your Halloween?! I hope that you didn't drink too many pumpkin spice cocktails *winky face*! Anywaaays, now that Halloween is over and November has arrived, we have to turn our attention to the main event: CHRISTMAS! Okay, okay, so maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, but you can't deny that the holiday season is edging ever closer! If the whole idea fills you with dread, however, well, fear not, as We Are: The Guard is here to ease you into all of the festivities in soothing style this Friday with the latest edition of Top Chill Music! Headphones at the ready, then, as it's time to check out the following chill vibes from Thundercat, The Japanese House, Parra for Cuva, and more!
THUNDERCAT (FEAT. BADBADNOTGOOD & FLYING LOTUS) – KING OF THE HILL
Thundercat joins forces with BADBADNOTGOOD and Flying Lotus on “King of the Hill,” from Brainfeeder's forthcoming 10th anniversary compilation Brainfeeder X. Clocking in at just under three minutes, the song opens with the trio laying down some eerie horror movie instrumentation before moving into more shimmering cosmic soul territory, with Thundercat leading the way with his ever-hallucinatory falsetto vocals.
EBZ THE ARTIST – SAY IT.
Sooo, I admit that I'm a little late to the game on this one, but that doesn't make it any less of a must-listen. With her slick trap beats and effortlessly golden R&B vocals, North Carolina's Ebz the Artist is sure to melt you to the core with the bedroom-playlist-essential “Say It.” Oh, and did I mention that she can rap, too?! “Talented” doesn't cover it!
ELI. – I'M SAD
This is another song that We Are: The Guard is discovering a lil' late, but trust me when I say that “I'm Sad” by eli. is as relevant as ever. “Temporary people/Temporary feelings/Everything's so pointless/Say a bunch of stuff/Make me fall in love/Then we'll give it up,” sings the 19-year-old over a mix of keys and drum machines on the heartbreakingly vibey piano ballad, which is sure to speak to any kid who's battling depression or feels like they're yet to find their place in this world.
HER'S – COOL WITH YOU
There's no better feeling than spending all day in bed hiding from the world with the one that you love, and it's that very feeling that Liverpool's Her's are bringing to life on their latest single. “We don't have to know/Anyone at all/Anyone at all/Draw the blinds back slow/Sun fades in our room/Two begin to bloom,” starts “Cool With You,” a six-minute jangle pop swirl that opens like a long-lost Mac DeMarco cut before taking an unexpectedly peppy detour halfway through.
TYLA YAWEH – SHE BAD
London ENT's Tyla Yaweh sets his sights on a crossover hit with his catchy latest single. “She told me that she really good at dancing like Michael Jackson/She bad, she bad, she bad, she bad,” sings the Post Malone cosign on “She Bad,” an infectious lil' groove that hears Tyla blending his cloud rap roots with a more playful pop aesthetic to create a song that most definitely deserves a place on mainstream radio.
KINA & ESSENCE (FEAT. MADSON PROJECT.) – ARE YOU STILL WITH HIM
Every once in a while, a song comes along that feels like a dagger to the chest. This is one of those songs. The Kina and Essence collab is one of the saddest pieces of music that I've heard in a looong time, with both producers constructing a guitar-driven production of teardrops around guest vocalist Madson Project.'s heart-wrenching narrative about an ex moving on: “Reach into my soul, come where you belong/Are you still with him?/I don't wanna know.”
DENNIS LLOYD – NEVERMIND
“Nevermind” by Israeli musician Dennis Lloyd sounds like the song of summer 2018 that never was. The deep house cut was first released in December 2016 and has only really started to make waves in the United States over recent months, with its blend of soulful vocal chops, smooth acoustic guitars, and toe-tapping beats bringing some much-needed warmth as winter edges ever closer.
KWAYE – STRAIGHT LINES
He recently rendered us “Paralyzed,” but KWAYE is showing a more sprightly side to his sound on “Straight Lines.” The opening cut from his recent EP Love & Affliction hears the Zimbabwe-born R&B artist apologizing to a lover for his tendency to send mixed messages their way, with KWAYE delivering all of the vocal pyrotechnics over a bed of contagiously plucky electronic guitars.
THE JAPANESE HOUSE – LILO
I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING! Jokes aside, The Japanese House's Amber Bain has left me an emotional wreck with her latest single “Lilo.” Written about the end of her relationship with fellow musician Marika Hackman, the heartbreaking ballad arrives paired with a video that stars the former couple, with both Amber and Marika filmed coming to terms with the devastation of falling out of love with each other.
PARRA FOR CUVA (FEAT. MAY) – CLEOPATRA
Berlin's Parra for Cuva and May unite on “Cleopatra.” Featured on Parra for Cuva's recent EP Paspatou, Pt.2, it's an expansive piece of electronica that reminds me of Moby's earlier work on Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt, with May's tender voice coming carried by a percussive-heavy production that sounds like it's intent on soaring straight up to the heavens.
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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.