TOP CHILL SONGS - WEEK 10
Hello, everyone, and thanks for joining me for the latest edition of We Are: The Guard's Top Chill Songs! With the weekend fast approaching, the team and I have once again filtered through the highs and lows of Spotify and YouTube in order to bring you the most soothing sounds for your listening pleasure. Bring your Iced Cloud Macchiatos and positive vibes, then, as it's time to check out the following songs from TOKiMONSTA, Shallou & Emmit Fenn, Dijon, Loyle Carner, 3LAU & Justin Caruso, and more!
TOKIMONSTA (FEAT. AMBRÉ) – STRANGE FROOT
TOKiMONSTA may be known as the Queen of Beats, but there are barely any to be found on her latest single “Strange Froot.” Featured on her record label Young Art's forthcoming compilation album, the aptly titled Young Art Sound II, the song hears TOKiMONSTA collaborating with Ambré in order to showcase her entirely easy-going side, with the mixture of vocals and acoustic guitars giving off all of the warmth of a laid-back summer afternoon.
GIRL IN RED – RUSHED LOVERS
Does this song make anyone else feel like packing up their stuff and running away?! Perhaps it's the jangly guitars, perhaps it's girl in red's breathy vocals that float over the top, or perhaps it's the Paris-themed video that accompanies, but there's something about the summery romance of “rushed lovers” that leaves me wanting to jump on a plane to Europe and escape it all.
SHALLOU & EMMIT FENN – ALL YOUR DAYS
Shallou and Emmit Fenn are here to restore your faith in true love with their collaborative single “All Your Days.” “There's so many songs about heartbreak that we've all written and heard on the radio, so we thought it would be nice to have a pretty song like this people can escape into or maybe reminisce with,” says Shallou of the incredibly sweet electronic-pop ballad, which Emmit originally wrote as a demo for Coldplay.
18YOMAN – EYE CATCHER
It doesn't get much more sensual than this, let me tell you. Over an irresistibly jazzy smorgasbord of pianos, guitars, and brass, listen as the Sydney crooner 18YOMAN exudes all of the luxury of crushed velvet on his groovy, vibey debut single “Eye Catcher,” which you'll want to melt your mind, body, and soul into for days and days to come.
DIJON – BAD LUCK
It's no secret that everything that Dijon touches turns to gleaming gold, but this is something else entirely. Listen as the Maryland act succeeds in creating a magical, fantastical fairy tale of his own making on “Bad Luck,” which comes accompanied by an achingly beautiful video that sees Dijon continuing to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
DIJON – DRUNK
Because you can never have too much Dijon.
LOYLE CARNER (FEAT. JORJA SMITH) – LOOSE ENDS
Following on from the release of the Kiko Bun and Rebel Kleff-featuring “You Don't Know” in January, Loyle Carner returns this month with the beautifully introspective “Loose Ends.” The somber piano ballad finds the London rapper teaming up with GRAMMY-nominated soul singer Jorja Smith for a reflection on his “misspent adolescence,” with Loyle's melodic flow making for a perfect accompaniment to Jorja's devastating vocals.
GILL CHANG (FEAT. GLASSCAT) – ONE FOR YOU
Los Angles producer Gill Chang never fails to put a smile on my face and he's doing it all over again with his latest single “One for You.” The collaboration with glasscat is an adorable listen that evokes an early afternoon stroll through a city park in springtime, with Gill's care-free, whistle-style synth lines meeting glasscat's cutest vocal performance to date.
3LAU & JUSTIN CARUSO (FEAT. ISELIN) – BETTER WITH YOU
When it comes to crossover songs, it doesn't get much more stunningly otherworldly than this. Listen as Las Vegas native 3LAU and Los Angeles resident Justin Caruso unite dance and pop with help from guest vocalist Iselin on “Better With You,” a beautiful, dreamy hit single in the making that features what might be the most gorgeously ethereal drop of 2019.
MAC DEMARCO – NOBODY
In May, Mac DeMarco is set to return with Here Comes the Cowboy, and this month, the old dog returns with the lead single. “Nobody” (not to be mistaken with “Nobody” from Mitski's Be the Cowboy) is a simple amble seemingly written from the perspective of a washed-up celebrity, with Mac as ever imbuing his subject matter with equal parts comedy and tragedy: “There's no turning back/To nobody/There's no second chance/No third degree.” P.S. This video is the stuff of nightmare fuel.
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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.