Now that we are all freezing to death in these winter temperatures, it’s the perfect time for some “chill” songs — only a different sort of chill. This time let’s take things slow and take a peek into the laidback side of the colossal iceberg of the electronic genre (but it’s only a fraction of the top, because that all you can usually see of icebergs). These beats are sure to maintain any hibernation one might find themselves in during these dreary days. So, sit back and listen to these five chill electronic songs.
CharlestheFirst – “Breathe”
Not a new comer to these electronic top five lists, CharlestheFirst starts us off. This artist is well known for creating a gritty but chill sound, and “Breathe” is no different. This song may start with a more driven bpm but soon transmogrifies itself into a painfully chill beat with a perfect harmony of indistinguishable lyrics, synth, and a stop-and-go mentality. It defies similar songs in the genre by not being a stagnantly repeated beat over the course of four minutes. There is variety here, as well as depth, which is even appreciated in the chill realms of EDM.
Motifv – “Look at the Stars”
Motifv’s new album is an ode to the retro electronic fusion genre. Motifv is a nostalgic electronic artist mixing in beats from ’70s-era records, breathing new life into this time period. “Look at the Stars” brings familiar elements, such as retro chorus singers who sound as though they are singing into a condenser microphone. Sprinkle in some decent wobble and a beat you could set a clock to, and you’ve got a very nice taste of what this talented artist is capable of. It’s going to be fascinating to see where they are in five years with a sound like this.
glue70 – “Til You Say”
Speaking of retro electronic fusion, “Til You Say” is another stunning example of this genre. It’s another great revitalization of that ’70s feel but presented in a completely different way than Motifv’s style. When it comes to chill EDM having a fully fledged chorus and lyrics isn’t always as common as you might think. Very faintly, you can hear the crackle and pop of a record hiding just below the surface of the beat, only to unfold its wings into a bouncy, spacey synth. The underlying bass to this song would make any disco fan happy.
LSDREAM & Champagne Drip – “ETERNAL NOW”
Much more easily noticeable from a distance, “ETERNAL NOW” is much more familiar when it comes to electronic sound sets. Every bit of this song reverberates with bass-buzzing glory, mixed with drops and sounds coming at you from all angles. This song starts out with a lullaby-like ascent with a tones that eventually seem to halfway slide into the next dimension. Again, we hear a song that is more of a journey than a repeated loop displaying the same sounds over and over. “ETERNAL NOW” is a song going through a transformation. By the end of this song you may ask yourself, “Is this the same song we were listening to a minute ago?” The answer is decidedly yes. LSDREAM is notorious for taking listeners on a trip.
weird inside – “Slow Hours”
“Slow Hours” ends this list with another absolutely gritty chill song. Almost akin to an XXYYXX beat that is trapped in an evil DJ’s setlist, this song is magically chill. The metronome like “tik tok” of the clock holding time as the synth tries to break the boundaries between music and distortion is quite beautiful here. Everything in this song comes together at just the right moment, making it more diverse than anticipated and not at all bland in composition. If you’re accustomed to beautifully distorted synth in your chill tracks, then this is the song for you.