7
Apr
2013

Chillout Songs of 2013

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Chill out songs 2013

Back in 2012, we introduced you to the list of Top 25 Chillout Songs of 2012 which featured Kilo Kish‘s “Navy”, TROUMACA‘s “Lady Colour”, and Bondax‘s “All inside”; to name a few. Now, by popular demand, we present the list of chillout songs of 2013 so far. Just to note that as 2013 is yet to end, the songs are being exhibited sporadically. This list will be updated regularly, so in the meantime sit down and get ready to chill out.

Major Lazer - “Jessica” feat. Ezra Koenig

The first entry on the “Chillout Songs of 2013 so far” is a track titled “Jessica”. The Major Lazer-produced reggae track features Vampire Weekend‘s front man Ezra Koenig showing of his falsetto’s and recently adopted patois accent. “Jessica” is featured on Major Lazer‘s sophmore album “Free the Universe”. Stream the track below.

Big Boi – “Descending” feat. Little Dragon

Descending is the last track of Big Boi‘s “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors”. “Descending”, which features Little Dragon, was released in the latter part of 2012 – to0 late to be featured in 2012’s chill out list. Fortunately “Descending” sufficed 2013, still with its transcendency intact.

Torqux – “Zodiac”

Torqux are a duo based in Luton, Bedfordshire. Their latest deep house track “Zodiac” was released as a free download. Torqux usually produce dubstep so have really surprised us with this one. We love the bassline. Download “Zodiac” here.

Kwabs – “Spirit Fade”

Ghanaian-born London soulster Kwabs really wowed us with “Spirit Fade”, a baritone fuelled  funky gospel track. We’ve not heard a lot of this fella, but we’ve got a very good feeling about him. Check out his James Blake cover if your yet to be crooned over.

Bondax – “Gold”

To be frank, we don’t think we could have curated a chillout songs of 2013 list without included the house duo, Bondax. “Baby I Got That” and “All Inside” were both features on last year’s list and their latest track “Gold” is no exception. The Lancaster teens certainly know the right musical ingredients for a chillout track. How can you not bop your head?

James Blake – “Retrograde”

James Blake has been extremely busy in the last few months with ““Voyuer”, “Digital Lion”, and “Holy Ghost” all being debuted. But Retrograde is the track which really epotimizes this list. Soul, xlyphones and sheer blakeness. What more can you ask for. Although Retrograde made the cut, we thought we’ll be nice and sneak the other three tracks in since James Blake’s second album overgrown will be released in April, and will most probably be in contention for the best album of the year, (we hope).



Bonobo – “Cirrus”

Bonobo, Simon Green’s psuedynom is a British musician, born in Brighton. “Cirrus” has really grown on me, it’s a multifaceted, progressive, roller-coaster of  funny sounds. 

Youth Lagoon – “Dropla”

Youth Lagoon’s neo-psychedelic “Dropla” has been described as the spiritual world meeting the physical. “Dropla” touches on some deep issues, hence the chorus “You’ll Never Die”, but still manages to retain the it’s hypnotics. If you like this, I would recommend you purchase their second album “Wondrous Bughouse”.

Shak – “Maybe, U”

3 minutes and 27 second’s of zone out time. We love it.

Bearcubs – “Honestly”

There aren’t enough synonyms to define this track, or it’s musical attachment. Chill out songs are generally transcendent and musically verbose (in a good way), but the thing which I love about Bearcubs, “Honestly”, is it’s ability to take me on the journey. From a darkened corner of a motionless room to the middle of a metropolitan city. Maybe I’m beginning to sound like secondary school English teachers; analysing rather exaggeratedly, a literary extract, to a class of unimpressed GCSE students, or maybe not…

Kidnap Kid – “So Close”

We said that Kidnap Kid would be a problem in 2013, and it seems that we stand correct. “So Close”, which features singer Sinead Harnett chilled me right out.

FKJ – “S0 Much To Me”

“So Much To Me”, mashes up Toni Braxton’s “You Mean The World To Me”, with the funk sound of the 1960’s.

Chance the Rapper – “Acid Rain”

Chance the Rapper’s flow and the instrumental are inseparable. Chance The Rapper releases his album Acid Rap on April 30th.

Lion Babe – “Treat Me Like Fire”

Lion Babe is the NYC-based duo of Lucas Goodman and Jillian Hervey; the daughter of actress Vanessa Williams. “Treat Me Like Fire” is extremely infectious. I love the raspy-soul vocals and Goodman’s Motown-inspired instrumental. The visuals aren’t to bad either.