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Sunday 5elect – Vol. 026

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 has a fun, chiller vibe. Enjoy below!

1. Kidswaste – Wild (feat. Khai)

One of my favorite rising stars, Kidswaste, is back with one more single before his debut EP titled Spleen comes out on February 24th. If music is truly self-expression, then this young producer must be one of the most happy, chill people in the world. Acoustic guitar riffs, gentle snares, and Khai’s soothing voice come together to create an atmosphere of calm joy. I’m looking forward to the EP.

2. Deadmau5 ft. Grabbitz – Let Go (FVRY Remix)

Just a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview FVRY, an aspiring producer out of N. Ireland with a unique synthwave sound, and yesterday he released a dark, genre defying remix of Deadmau5’s “Let Go.” Infused with sci-fi movie dialogue and glittering synth breaks, this new remix starts off haunting and descends into hard, rolling beats that leave the listener feeling intense and focused. A huge addition to FVRY’s discography.

3. Tchami – Adieu

Tchami’s new track is a chill deep house masterpiece that hits the sweet spot in between bumping and relaxing. Slow build-ups and rewarding doses of bass make this a track that ebbs between anticipation and release.

4. FRND – Substitute

FRND has a passive-aggressive, smooth pop vibe that seems to focus on dysfunctional relationships within friend groups, and I find his tracks strangely addicting. It’s probably the immaculate production combined with pure catchiness that makes each of these songs sound like candy to the ears.

5. Defunk – All Good Radio Ep. 08

When introducing me to this mix, a friend introduced Defunk’s sound as “like GRiZ, but trappier.” I think that this is a pretty accurate description – imagine a more future-bass Big Gigantic. This is one of the best sets I’ve heard in a while. It’s so smooth, funky, and the perfect balance of turn-up and chill. I strongly recommend it.

 

Augustus

This month’s “monthly” playlist comes a bit early as I finish up my final week in D.C. and seek to bring some closure to this absurd experience. A lot has changed in ten weeks, and it’s on to a rapid-fire barrage of travel and forced relaxation before shit hits the fan this fall. This set will serve as the background music for it all, and I think it’ll fit pretty well. The first twelve songs are slow-burners with a lot of hidden energy that have captivated my attention for the last few weeks. Characterized by thumping bass, low-key crescendos and head-bobbing rhythms, these songs are addicting as hell. After that we move toward more indie-pop vibes and culminate with some straight EDM courtesy of friends like Kaskade. We’ll need to cool off after that dance session so we have some nice alt-rock for a while after that – more than most playlists. I heard a couple of hip-hop songs that I just had to include so I threw them in there as well. We finish off with some house music to re-energize you and keep you going until the next playlist. Hope the summer has been treating you all well. Enjoy the set below.