Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. This week’s selection has a great mix of alt-rock, chill electronica, and trap beats. Enjoy below!
1. THEY. – Rather Die (demo)
LA-based duo THEY. made a splash on the music scene last year when they released their Nü Religion EP, a three-song masterpiece that was hailed by critics for its meditative alt-rock style that seamlessly incorporates elements of R&B and rap. Their latest single “Rather Die” is heavy on the alt-rock, and damn is it smooth. The guitar chords have the perfect amount of reverb, layering, and simplicity to set the foundation for some catchy vocals that bring the track home.
2. Vessels – Had A Love (feat. Anna Of The North)
Anna Of The North has one of the most soothing, genuinely heartwarming voices I’ve ever heard so when I saw her featured on Vessels’ latest original “Had A Love” I knew it was going to be a great listen. The production on this track is downtempo, but its energy slowly grows over the track until you’ll find yourself passionately head bobbing and singing along. All around fantastic track.
3. The 1975 – Somebody Else (EMBRZ Remix)
In his latest project EMBRZ gives The 1975’s “Somebody Else” a chill, bass-heavy remix to turn it into an indie dance anthem. The remix does justice to The 1975’s sensual, simmering style while also adding a level of energy that did not exist in the original. A solid add to your chill playlist.
4. Tim Gunter – First Breath
Tim Gunter’s original track “First Breath” is, in his own words, “a metaphor for beginning something new.” Incorporating feelings of anxiety into the build-up of the track, Tim Gunter succeeds in creating a feeling of embarking on a new project of which the outcome is uncertain. The drop reminds you, however, that many of these projects give those who complete them great sense of triumph.
5. RL Grime – Halloween V
This is the best mix of the year. RL Grime’s Halloween mix is eagerly anticipated each October by millions who want to celebrate the spooky holiday right – by trapping their faces off. The mix begins with an intro by Pharell, a remix of the Stranger Things theme song, and a cameo by Goosebumps author RL Stein. Heavy on the trap and rap, this mix is ideal for a rowdy pregame or a party that’s ready to take it to another level. Honestly give the whole thing a listen, loud, on good speakers. It’ll change the way you think about Halloween.