Here's some chill tracks to get you through those Monday blues
Cure those damn Monday feels with tunes from Set Mo, Cavalier and North Elements, among others.
Vallis Alps - Young (North Elements Remix)
With soft, delicate vocals and an equally fragile production, this remix of Young sees North Elements do Vallis Alps better than Vallis Alps did, and when you pair this up with the fact that he's only been releasing music for not even a year so far, it makes it all that more impressive. The piano-laden remix is calm yet compelling, drawing you in with every vocal cut and percussion hit, something I haven't heard for a while now. It's driving percussion line is reminiscent of Cirrus-era Bonobo, with every twist and turn making us beg for more.
Set Mo - Comfort You feat. Fractures
When listening to Set Mo's new single Comfort You, I can't help but feel that this track was actually built around it's title, not the other way around as per usual. The warm, glistening melodies in Comfort You are well... comforting. It's throbbing, deep bass line contrasts against the catchy, light vocals, which swirl around sun-soaked synth melodies and chimes, creating a very summer-esque vibe throughout the track, something that you should be familiar with if you're a Set Mo fan. While it doesn't quite have the commercial accessibility that the duo crafted with White Dress, Comfort You feels like a far more rounded, polished piece - it's warm and comforting, perfect for these upcoming winter months, but it still manages to somehow carry that shimmery summer vibes we've come to love.
Swimming Tapes - Set The Fire
Blending indie/alternative with slight electronic undertones, Swimming Tapes are a five-piece out of London, and with their new single Set The Fire, they mean business. Playful guitar melodies toy with airy vocals, which come together with radiant percussion to create quite a complex-sounding track, especially when it comes down to those layers of guitar rhythms.
SAATSUMA - Floating
Returning to some more traditional electronic sounds, SAATSUMA is a super promising collaborative project out of Melbourne, with a charm matching that of well-established groups such as Little Dragon. Floating pairs a bubbly, house-infused instrumental, packed full of glitchy synths and buoyant bass, with the gentle vocals of front-woman Memphis Kelly soaring above. It's dark and haunting, yet at the same time, oozing with a blissful charm that'll have you confusingly cutting shapes and questioning life at the same time.
Cavalier - Staring At The Sunset feat. EZRA
With Staring At The Sun, Cavalier aims to take those down-in-the-dumps Monday blues and take them into uplifting, good thoughts. Teaming up with EZRA, Staring At The Sunset pairs Cavalier's signature chill-trap sound with uplifting, light melodies and quick-paced vocal samples. Without the use of any overly-obvious tropical sounds, Staring At The Sunset takes you away from whatever situation you're in and transports you to an island full of life and happiness, with delicate keys and swirling synth at every turn.