With our weekly series, Chill Out Mondays, we cover the latest and greatest chill out releases. Consider it a “chill pill” for those Monday morning blues! This week we feature a variety of chilled out tracks ranging from minimal, lo-fi, downtempo, ambient pop, and chill house. Featured artists this week include: Mildlife, Sleep D, Bearcubs, Model Man, Edamame, N’to, Ambiente, Geotic, Anomie Belle, cuushe, VOLO, Modd, George FitzGerald, and Lane 8.
Of the highlights this week is the latest release from Ghostly International’s finest, Will Wiesenfeld (of Baths). This week, The FADER premiered his newest single, “Gondolier,” from his ambient pop project, Geotic. This single is part of Geotic’s upcoming album Traversa which drops on October 19th via Ghostly International. While he possesses an undeniably unique songwriting approach, this project possesses qualities reminiscent of Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie.
Along a similar art pop vein is “Unwind (Cuushe remix)” from Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist, Anomie Belle. This week she released her latest Carrot Flowers EP, which garnered praise from the tastemakers at Seattle-based indie radio station, KEXP. Anomie Belle is making rounds in the industry not only with her latest music, but also with her tours supporting Bonobo, Little Dragon, and more.
Of the remixes featured, “Im Blau – Sleep D remix” of Midlife stood out as a favorite. Sleep D (founders of Butter Sessions record label) remixes Midlife, a genre bending nu-jazz outfit based in Melbourne. This remix is a testament to the thriving and collaborative Melbourne music scene.
If instead of a remix you’re craving original music, check out N’to (of Hungry Music). He just released his latest single, “Alter Ego.” This track pulsates thanks to the sound of a driving arp and heavy side chain compression. While it’s characteristically chill, it’s got an undeniable groove that opens up into a triumphant dance club beat.
“Alone” is a introspective lo-fi R&B electronica track from Essex-based duo, Model Man. It’s got a pensive, garage vibe similar to the likes of Burial and Thrupence. In a contrasting vein, VOLO’s latest track, “Last Nomad,” is uplifting electronica at it’s finest. The textured layers of rich instrumentation from flutes, chimes, and violin are sublime. This track is ideal for fans of Lapa, Emancipator, and CloZee.
Overall, this week was abundant with incredible chill out music. The music took many forms encompassing many genres. You can listen to all the tracks covered this week on our weekly Spotify playlist.