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Since we’ve been picking so many ripe songs lately, its about time we hosted a feast. This playlist contains the highlights of the past couple months of vibe-selecting. We’ve stirred together some of our favorite tracks posted to RELAUX alongside some fresh sounds to keep things interesting. So sit back. plug in, and melt.
The only thing wrong with this song is that it ends. I guess that’s why Al Gore invented the replay button. YUKSEK’s funky sauce is poured all over CHASSOL’s dreamy, haunting “Oddisi” in a remix that you’ll be feasting on all week.
Theres something suspiciously delicious going on in this track. By fusing groovy bass lines with disco samples and some beat-boxing from the legendary Gene Shinozaki, San Diego producer Go Yama creates a colorful blend of trip hop, funk, and jazz. If you’re looking for something to brighten your day, this is it.
Emerging artist Twoven says this of his most recent compilation: “This album continues with the idea that music is a voice. Through vocal sampling I attempt here to take that artistic voice from one artisan, and combine it with my own to bring about a whole new statement. Sit back, close your eyes, and relax — or stand up, move your legs, and dance.” This EP is a perfect blend of the light with the dark. Listen and you’ll discover deep dark caverns matched with blissful peaks. Enjoy.
You won’t find many vocal-heavy songs here, but this one is just too spectacular to ignore. Alina Baraz, a singer from Cleveland, teams up with Denmark native, Galimatias to create a sultry sound with some serious late-late-night potential.
Freshly plucked off the Soundcloud tree. Jacob Gomez a.k.a. Skywide layers bright synths and pulsing bass lines that will transport you into a sparkling underwater world of colors. Perfect for late afternoons and/or any time you have headphones.
The mind loves to wander. With all the stimuli you absorb every moment, you’re creating mental castles and mazes to meander through. How about a soundtrack for your thought doodling? Some soft strumming punctuated by syncopated drums? You’re nodding. “Yes that sounds nice. Can I has?” You can has.
Nicholas Larsen, a young producer, whom I met serendipitously through a mutual friend has entered my awareness and he’s about to fool with yours. Both “Dreaming” and “Shameless” are melodic reminders of the lighthearted feelings music has the power to evoke. Sit back and let your mind drift while your third eye reveals the playful beauty of this soundscape.
Post Thanksgiving. Your munchies are munched. You just want to lie on the floor with some cushy headphones and melt to some dreamtastic beats while being drizzled in sparkling synth syrup. Well we just happen to have that whole experience for you and it comes in the form of Noble Oak’s Away EP. Seriously, this guy is quickly finding his spot among chillwave greats alongside other rising stars like Treasureseason. Click play to be transported into the most lush of soundscapes.
If you have 30 minutes where you’re wondering “What should I do?”, listen to this EP. When you’re done listening, you’ll feel like you’ve just lived 30 lifetimes in the shoes of a musical genius. The uptempo warmth that oozes from Zes is infectious and I’m ecstatic that I’ve discovered him now before he inevitably blows the collective mind of Earth. Although not much is known about this mystery man, there is no doubt that he possesses some serious talent. His majestic ability to juggle with futuristic beats and innovative compositions opens the door for unique outcomes and a bright future. Take a listen.
The final track from Lockjaw, Flume & Chet Faker‘s collaborative EP, out now worldwide on Future Classic. This track takes on a disco chill feel with Chet’s vocals providing a melancholy overtone. Perfect for long drives on rainy days.