BEST CHILL SONGS – WEEK 44
With four days to go until the election, tensions are reaching fever pitch. From Facebook to the office floor, everywhere seems to be playing host to some kind of heated political debate. As far as I'm concerned, whatever way that the country decides to vote on Tuesday, we're all pretty much f*cked, so why not relax and embrace the chaos?! No, really – I'll be over here doing just that with help from the latest edition of BitCandy's Best Chill Songs. Feel free to join me by hitting play on the following tracks from Majik, Tourist, Kungs, Echos, Steve Hauschildt and more.
OPIA – YDU (PLUTO REMIX)
16-year-old producer Pluto continues his meteoric rise this November by turning up the heat on Los Angeles duo Opia's “YDU.” While the original dripped in soul, Pluto's energetic remix puts a more hard-hitting spin on the song, with bass-heavy beats giving way to EDM-indebted drops. *Insert fire emojis here.*
MAJIK – REAL
Majik, the English duo recently named Best Dance Act at Unsigned Music Awards, bring together the analog and the digital on the delightful “Real.” Combining mellifluous acoustic instrumentals and charming electronic atmospherics, the song is very much an exercise in contrast that Majik reveal “talks of the introspective world we live in, when discovering ones commitment; before we lose ourselves in one another.” Enjoy.
TOURIST – U
Six months after unveiling his debut album U, GRAMMY Award-winning producer William Phillips aka Tourist returns with the music video for the hypnotic title track. Directed by Jacob Robinson and Dillon Moore, it finds a man and a woman making their way through a rural landscape to a destination unknown, and comes accompanied by the following YouTube comment from Tourist: “'U' is a song about reflection, it was formed from a field recording of me walking from my flat to my studio.”
KUNGS (FEAT. RITUAL) – YOU REMAIN
If there's one person that we can count on to keep the summer alive, it's Kungs. Teaming up with BitCandy favorites RITUAL, the young French producer delivers yet another tropical-inflected house gem this November in the form of “You Remain.” Accompanied by a music video of the 19-year-old living it up on the festival circuit and on tour with David Guetta, and everything about the Layers cut is making me nostalgic for the hotter weather.
SHAEFRI – PIXELATE
Introducing your next obsession, Shaefri. The British singer-songwriter is sure to beguile you with her effortless breed of electronic pop. Pairing refined production and alluring vocals, her latest single “Pixelate” is the definition of irresistible. Directed by Gundeep Anand, the artful music video is also a must-watch, with Shaefri seen quite literally “pixelating” following the breakdown of a relationship.
ECHOS – LEAVE YOUR LOVER
Portland duo Echos are fast becoming my go-to band when I'm in the mood for a good ol' cry. Their latest single, the soul-stirring “Leave Your Lover,” is helping to bring all kinds of dormant emotions to the surface. A gut-wrenching ode to unrequited love (“We should leave our lovers/We should, we should leave our lovers/But you'll never leave your lover/No, you'll never leave your lover”), the piano ballad is sure to resonate with anyone who's ever been made to feel second best.
NÖMAK – LULLABY
Some songs just sound like they came from some higher plane. “Lullaby” by French producer Nömak is one of those songs. Featuring rapturous spoken word vocals (the poems recited are “The Idle Life I Lead” by Robert Bridges and “Lullaby” by Louisa May Alcott) set against a tapestry of deeply layered electronic instrumentation, “Lullaby” is best described as the aural equivalent of the heavens opening.
STEVE HAUSCHILDT – STRANDS
If Netflix's Stranger Things has piqued your interest in everything space age, then Steve Hauschildt's “Strands” is for you. Featured on the Cleveland producer's recent album of the same name, it's a five-minute intergalactic odyssey through retrofuturistic synth arpeggios that's sure to bring out your inner Winona Ryder.
BRUNO MAJOR – THE FIRST THING YOU SEE
Having previously charmed us with “Wouldn't Mean A Thing” and “There's Little Left,” English singer-songwriter (and brother to London Grammar's Dot Major) Bruno Major returns this November with “The First Thing You See.” Starting out as an acoustic ballad before gradually building into something more symphonic, it's yet another majestic offering from Major that's reminiscent of both Nick Drake and Radiohead circa-The King Of Limbs.
JACK GRACE – AT THE RIVER
Australian producer Jack Grace continues to hone his visceral, subversive variety of electronic music on “At The River.” The penultimate song on his debut EP River, it hears Grace pair deeply propulsive beats with his vulnerable, Thom Yorke-esque vocals, resulting in a track that feels almost unnervingly personal (Grace recently revealed that the lyrics were inspired by the death of his father).
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About Jess Grant
When Jess Grant isn't writing on music, she can be found playing it – on her guitar, on her ukulele, and on her recently acquired mandolin. Playing it hideously, she ought to add. Jess also studies. She studies the English language, to be precise. Jess is currently on her way to a degree in the subject, and enjoys starting and never finishing novels, screenplays, and poetry in her spare time. She also likes dogs. Lots of dogs.