With our weekly series, Chill Out Mondays, we cover the latest and greatest chill out releases.Â Consider it a â€œchill pillâ€ for those Monday morning blues! This week on Chill Out Mondays we include many recently released gems from late September to mid October 2018. Featured artists this week include a mix of notable newcomers in addition to established electronica artists that offer compelling music worth listening to on repeat!
1. â€œBreatheâ€ â€“ Waxlife
â€œBreathe,â€ by Italian producer, Waxlife, submerses listeners into a blissful trance. This deep house track reminds me of the importance of the breath. It is fundamental to life. It facilitates focused awareness of the body and the mind which is especially important for relaxation. As I listen to â€œBreathe,â€ I am compelled to try out a meditation guided by an airy, yet resolute voice over minimalistic beats.
2. â€œSaviorâ€ â€“ Elin Ey and Myrra RÃ³s
Consistent with Waxlifeâ€™s theme of the importance of the breath, artists Elin Ey and Myrra RÃ³s ruminate about a world that moves too fast. In their latest song, â€œSavior,â€ they contemplate on how to survive and cope: â€œMy mind slows down. Breathe in, breathe out.â€ As the song develops, they cry out with a somber plea, â€œWhy is nobody breathing?â€ In a retrospective bliss, they affirm that despite challenges, there is hope: â€œOut of all the things we have been through together, I know it can get better than this.â€ The song is a stunning, cathartic release: a true masterpiece of 2018.
3. â€œFollow Meridian â€“ Good Lee Remixâ€ â€“ Edamame
Gravitas Recordings consistently supports ambient chill out artists from the likes of CloZee, Igama, Edamame, and Lapa. This week, I was impressed with the release of Good Leeâ€™s remix of â€œFollow Meridianâ€ by Edamame. I am impressed with the attention to detail in the instrumentation and sampling.
4. â€œChainsâ€ â€“ letherette
â€œChainsâ€ by letherette, is off of their latest album Mander House, Vol. 1. I highly recommend listening to the whole album from start to finish. It is a substantial record with over seventeen tracks of chill-hop bliss. This record is a refreshing amalgam of jazz, house, ambient electro, and hip hop. If youâ€™re a fan of artists such as Flying Lotus, youâ€™ll dig this music.
5. â€œNew Gods (feat. Jay Prince & Oscar Jerome)â€ â€“ Catching Flies
Iâ€™ve been waiting for new music from London-based producer,Â Catching Flies, for over two years now! This latest single â€œNew Gods (feat. Jay Prince & Oscar Jerome) which dropped in late September certainly makes up for the wait. This single is a preview of more greatness to come. According to his bio, he is currently working on a new album to be released in 2019.
6. â€œCrush (Itâ€™s Late, Iâ€™ll Just Stay)â€ â€“ Yumi Zouma
Perhaps itâ€™s a bit of a stretch to include this electropop track in this chill out playlist. But the vibes of this track from Yumi Zouma are so dreamy! Shimmering guitars and airy vocals are complemented by characteristically organic disco rhythms. I recommend the entire EP III, which was released in late September 2018. If their last worldwide tour with Lourde and the consecutive music releases is any indication of their trajectory, they are likely destined for an extensive round of touring in 2019.
â€œCome Mid Julyâ€ is lo-fi psychedelia track at itsâ€™ finest! It is one of favorite tracks from Cola Boyyâ€™s latest EP, Black Boogie Neon, which dropped in late September 2018. I appreciate the authentically unique nature of this music, and am looking forward to more music from Cola Boyy in the future.
9. â€œTriedâ€ â€“ BADBADNOTGOOD x Little Dragon
This is an incredible work from two established electronic artists: BADBADNOTGOOD and Little Dragon. This track is characteristically soulful with downtempo jazztronica vibes. I am obsessed with the emotive vocals from Little Dragonâ€™s Yukimi Nagano. This track exemplifies a unique and one of a kind collaboration!