Back in 2012, we introduced you to the list of Top 25 Chillout Songs of 2012Â which featuredÂ Kilo Kish‘s â€œNavyâ€,Â TROUMACA‘s â€œLady Colourâ€,Â and Bondax‘s â€œAll insideâ€; 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 updatedÂ regularly, so in the meantime sit down and get ready to chill out.
Major Lazer -Â â€œJessicaâ€ feat. Ezra Koenig
The first entry on the â€œChillout Songs of 2013 so farâ€Â is a track titled â€œJessicaâ€. The Major Lazer-produced reggae track features Vampire Weekend‘s front manÂ Ezra Koenig showing of his falsetto’s and recently adopted patois accent. â€œJessicaâ€Â is featured on Major Lazer‘s sophmore album â€œFree the Universeâ€. Stream the track below.
Big Boi – â€œDescendingâ€ feat. Little Dragon
Descending is the last track of Big Boi‘s â€œVicious Lies and Dangerous Rumorsâ€. â€œDescendingâ€, which features Little Dragon, was released in the latter part of 2012 – to0 late to be featured in 2012’s chill out list. Fortunately â€œDescendingâ€ sufficed 2013, still with itsÂ transcendencyÂ intact.
Torqux – â€œZodiacâ€
Torqux are a duo based in Luton, Bedfordshire. Their latest deep house track â€œZodiacâ€ was released as a free download. Torqux usually produce dubstep so have reallyÂ surprised us with this one.Â We love the bassline. DownloadÂ â€œZodiacâ€ here.
Kwabs – â€œSpirit Fadeâ€
Ghanaian-born London soulster Kwabs really wowed us with â€œSpirit Fadeâ€, a baritoneÂ fuelledÂ 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 coverÂ if your yet to be crooned over.
Bondax – â€œGoldâ€
To be frank, we don’t think we could have curated a chillout songs of 2013 list without included the house duo, Bondax. â€œBaby I Got Thatâ€ andÂ â€œAll Insideâ€ were both features on last year’s list and their latest trackÂ â€œGoldâ€ 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 – â€œRetrogradeâ€
James Blake has been extremely busy in the last few months with “â€œVoyuerâ€, â€œDigital Lionâ€, andÂ â€œHoly 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 – â€œCirrusâ€
Bonobo, Simon Green’s psuedynom is a British musician, born in Brighton.Â â€œCirrusâ€ has really grown on me, it’s aÂ multifaceted, progressive, roller-coasterÂ of Â funny sounds.Â
Youth LagoonÂ – â€œDroplaâ€
Youth Lagoon’s neo-psychedelic â€œDroplaâ€ has been described as the spiritual world meeting the physical. â€œDroplaâ€ touches on some deep issues, hence the chorus â€œYou’ll Never Dieâ€, but still manages to retain the it’s hypnotics. If you like this, I would recommend you purchase their second albumÂ â€œWondrous Bughouseâ€.
Shak – â€œMaybe, Uâ€
3 minutes and 27 second’s of zone out time. We love it.
Bearcubs – â€œHonestlyâ€
There aren’t enough synonyms to define this track, or it’s musical attachment. Chill out songs are generallyÂ transcendent and musically verbose (in a good way), but the thing which I love about Bearcubs,Â “Honestlyâ€, is it’s ability to take me on the journey. From a darkened corner of a motionless room to the middle of aÂ 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 – â€œSo Closeâ€
We said that Kidnap Kid would be a problem in 2013, and it seems that we stand correct. â€œSo Closeâ€, which features singerÂ Sinead Harnett chilled me right out.
FKJ – â€œS0 Much To Meâ€
“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 – â€œAcid Rainâ€
Chance the Rapper’s flow and the instrumental areÂ inseparable. Chance The Rapper releases his albumÂ Acid Rap on April 30th.
Lion Babe – â€œTreat Me Like Fireâ€
Lion Babe is the NYC-based duo of Lucas Goodman and Jillian Hervey; theÂ daughter of actress Vanessa Williams.Â â€œTreat Me Like Fireâ€ is extremely infectious. I love the raspy-soul vocals and Goodman’s Motown-inspired instrumental. The visuals aren’t to bad either.