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 is chill, alternative, and uplifting. Enjoy below!
1. Vallis Alps – Fading
Last year Sydney-based duo Vallis Alps dropped the best EP of 2015 and then promptly disappeared from the scene. Now they’re back with an original track, and they sound as good as ever. The sign of an enduring artist is their ability to adapt to the times but retain their core sound and identity. “Fading” is a perfect example of that. The song keeps the emphasis on Parissa’s immaculate vocals, one of the defining features of their most popular song “Young”, but David’s production perfectly captures the mood of modern indie electronica while driving it in a new direction. Upbeat, light, and pleasantly complex between verses, the instrumental could be a hit by itself. It’s good to hear them back.
2. Anna of the North – Us (Acoustic)
Anna of the North’s “Us” has been my go-to downtempo track for the last few weeks, and her recent release of an acoustic version has only increased my respect for her. It breaks the track down into its core components, and it’s even more beautiful and heart-wrenching. A hopeful, melancholy love song that will leave an impact.
3. lil hank – Who let the dogs in?
Our favorite pupper is back with a trap banger. Lil hank has the amazing ability to create fantastic indie productions without the use of opposable thumbs or the mental capacity of a human. He’s just that talented and adorable.
4. STRFKR – Open Your Eyes
Comin’ at ya with some straight alt-rock, STRFKR hits a pleasantly nostalgic vibe with this smooth track. This is a great song for a happy hangout or a light party.
5. Your EDM mix with Win and Woo – Volume 55
I’ve been listening to Win & Woo’s bass-heavy mixes since I got into EDM, and have had the immense pleasure of seeing them live twice. These guys know how to put on a show, and it’s reflected in this set. They hit the perfect balance between turning up and just having fun.