Here's some chill tracks to get you through those Monday blues
Cure those pesky Monday feels with tunes from Elk Road, Sachi and Golden Vessel.
Mondays. They're tough, we get it. Luckily for you though, we've compiled a couple of relaxing, chilled-out tunes from some really rad electronic artists that we're vibing heavily with, to ease you with your post-weekend blues. Relax and enjoy.
Golden Vessel (pictured above) - Never Know feat. LASTLINGS
Brisbane producer Golden Vessel has been one of my go-to's producers for all things chill for a few months now. His ambient MTNS collaboration Do You Think About Me oozes with peaceful vibes, something he's mirrored on his newest single Never Know. Featuring Gold Coast brother/sister duo Lastlings on vocals, Never Know is a haunting new cut from Golden Vessel's forthcoming EP that really shines thanks to Amy from Lastling's innocent vocal line, which almost floats on top of the soft piano and guitar melodies. I think the way Golden Vessel describes the inspiration for the single works perfectly, saying that the song's vibe stems from "channeling that beautiful drive out to Amy & Josh’s home; windows open, cruising down long windy roads on a warm summer’s day, through the beautiful lush Queensland landscape".
Zone Out - Breakdown
With a name almost made for this very article, Melbourne duo Zone Out have re-arrived on the scene after some time away, and they're back with a brighter sound. Their newest single Breakdown follows a similar vibe to their previous offering a few months back Inside, with an percussion-led ensemble of soft vocal and synth melodies twining together to create something incredibly chilled and beautiful. It's the second single from their forthcoming debut LP, an album that will hopefully see the duo experiment with similar, blissed-out sounds.
JAERA - Frequencies
Sydney-based electronic duo JAERA are relatively new to the scene, but they definitely don't sound like it. Their latest single Frequencies is clever as hell, sporting a really cool vocalized melody that blends incredibly into the track's percussion-soaked drop. It's blissful and packed full of feel-good vibes, but the duo does it in a way that it still manages to pack a serious punch. Frequencies boasts that feel-good, infectious vibe that's reminiscent of Major Lazer's Lean On or DJ Snake's Middle and I can't help but think that if JAERA was a little bit bigger, it could've had the same commercial reaction.
Sachi - Hold On
Sachi have been one of my favourite New Zealand imports since their addictive single No More, and whilst their new single Hold On might be a whole different game plan, it's definitely still impressive. Where No More dealt with a trappier sound, Hold On is a more triple j-friendly, electro-pop sound, with inviting vocals that bounce of the track's house-infused beat. That being said, Hold On still manages to encompass that feel-good vibe that made No More so good, with a chanting vocal melody you know will be screamed out at festivals across the summer.
CHVRCHES - Empty Threat (Big Wild Remix)
After delighting us with the percussional banger Aftergold almost a year ago now, Californian producer Big Wild has a been a roll, releasing a mountain of exotic-sounding tracks that's helped his fanbase grow ten-fold across the past few months. His most recent release is a remix of CHVRCHES' Empty Threat for Record Store Day, which sees the producer continue this streak of all-class tunes with a percussion-heavy edition of the group's electro-pop banger. After a brief vocal-led build up, the track switches up around the 1:10 mark for a really unique, funky breakdown. Whilst it's not really as chilled-out as the majority of tracks that we usually feature in this playlist, Big Wild's Empty Threats is just too damn cool to leave out.
Elk Road - Lights feat. Oly
Ending with a bit of hometown pride, Perth dude Elk Road has returned after the release of his last single Not To Worry with a new single entitled Lights. Featuring Oly on vocals, Lights is a bit of an upbeat number that blurs the lines between chilled and banging, but irrespective of this the track's pretty rad. The track's instrumental sees Elk Road play with a light vocalized melody over a bass-infused electronic beat, which when added with Oly's accessible vocals creates a quite inviting electro-pop number. Much like Big Wild's CHVRCHES remix, Lights is probably on the more banging side of this article, but hopefully tracks like these can get you up and going on an otherwise pretty gloomy Monday.