Chillout music (also referred to as chill out, chill wave or simply chill),Â always seems to transport me away from assiduous metropolis, into utopic suburbia, with ethereal instruments and soulful harmonies accompanying me. Personally, I believe chill out music isn’t synonymousÂ with any genre or musical structure, it’s anything that relaxes you. Some people listen to the likes of Beethoven, others to the Sleep Party People; soul, jazz, rap or indie, it’s really all down to personal preference. So without further adieu, we present the top 25 chillout songs of 2012.
UPDATE: Best Chillout Songs of 2013 So Far…
30. Luvian – “My Life“
20 year old, Brighton-based producer Luvian, makes our first entry on our list of best chillout songs of 2012, with â€œMy Lifeâ€; a post-garage electronic track. â€œMy Lifeâ€ is packed with dark synths, contorted vocal samples and quasi bells. â€œMy Lifeâ€ isÂ featured on â€œJamsâ€, Luvian’s debut EP.
29. Shelter Point – “Braille”
WOW, what can I say about this track, literally the epitome of chillout. Two Nottingham guys (Liam and Robin) make up Shelter Point. I feel “Braille” speaks for itself, so – just listen.
28. How To Dress Well – “& It Was You”
How To Dress WellÂ isnâ€™t a mens fashion guide for sartorial gentleman but the stage name of experimental producer and singerÂ Tom Krell. “Total Loss”, How To Dress Wellâ€™s sophomore album heavily regards the death and devastation which has run rife throughout his family. “& It Was You” is my best song ofÂ “Total Loss”.
27. Karma Kid – “Temptation”
Karma KidÂ is a 17 year old producer from Derbyshire whoâ€™s fighting among the likes ofÂ DisclosureÂ andÂ Kidnap KidÂ with his enthralling 808 electronic tracks. No. 27 is Karma Kid‘s enthrallingÂ “Temptation”.
26. FTSE â€“ â€œSIRVYVINâ€
Weâ€™ve been keeping tabs on UK producer FTSE for a while now, but it looks as though his music is finally starting to gain some properÂ recognition. Have a listen to â€œSIRVYVINâ€.
25. Miguel – â€œDo Youâ€
â€œDo Youâ€ is the second single of Miguel‘s 2012 album “Kaleidoscope Dream”, and what a second single it is.
24. Sepalcure – â€œPencil Pimpâ€
â€œPencil Pimpâ€ which features on Sepalcureâ€™s album “Sepalcure” is another heavy sampled track featured on our list of best chillout songs. â€œPencil Pimpâ€ is a bit more up tempo, but still manages to chill me out.
23. King Krule -Â â€œRock Bottomâ€
Super young and super talented. There’s not much more King Krule can add to “Rock Bottom”.
22. Sharon Van Etten – â€œGive Outâ€
Sharon Van Etten’s â€œWarshawâ€ is extremely endearing. Etten’s albumÂ â€œTrampâ€ was one of the best albums of 2012. We hope she brings out some more music in 2013.
21. TROUMACAÂ – â€œLady Colourâ€
Taken from the EP â€œVirgin Islandâ€,Â TROUMACA‘s impalpable â€œLady Colourâ€. We love it!
20. Jessie Ware – â€œ110%â€
Right in the thick of the sorority of women, which are thankfully gracing our electromagnetic radiative wavelengths, is Jessie Ware, a 28 year old singer-songwriter from South London. Currently on the cusp of mainstream fame, Wareâ€™s Julio Bashmore-produced â€œ110%â€ certainly puts me down a notch or two. Iâ€™m unsure of the sample, but I’ve been informed that it says “coughing my delicious on your forehead”… Though the sample is somewhat of an oddity, its folderol nature interlaced with Wareâ€™s soulful harmonies is definitely worth a listen.
19. Rhye – “Open”
Another mysterious artist from California,Â RhyeÂ has delivered one of the most intimate chill songs of the year. The confessional and tender vocals with the minimalist beat is a perfect mix for those special playlists.
18. Major Lazer – â€œGet Freeâ€
As a lot of you will already know,Â DiploÂ &Â SwitchÂ are preparing themselves for a brand newÂ Major LazerÂ album release, and so far they have dropped quite a few teasers, including this new free download called â€œGet Freeâ€ which featuresÂ Amber CoffmanÂ (ofÂ The Dirty ProjectorsÂ who also recently collaborated withÂ Rusko).
17. Laura Mvula – “She”
“She”, aÂ song from English singer-songwriter Laura Mvula is rather splendid.
16.Â Swindle â€“ â€œMischiefâ€
Malaâ€™s label Deep Medi dropped some fire in 2012, and none more so thanÂ Swindleâ€™s EP, which in turn offered up the outstandingly jazzy â€œMischiefâ€. Having more in common with the Pink Panther theme tune than anything that dubstepâ€™s old-schoolers could muster, this guy knocked it out the park recently when he proceeded to play an impromptu keyboard solo over one of his tracks during a set at Cable. Madman.