Tove Lo, Natalia Kills, Kerli, Yuna, and so many other artists are serving us some laid back tunes for this week's #MusicMonday playlist!
This week's #MusicMonday playlist is filled to bursting with some of the vibiest releases that we've heard thus far in 2016. Check out the playlist below and prepare for a chill week of relaxing tunes!
"Here's To Us" - Ellie Goulding
Kicking off this week's #MusicMonday playlist is none other than the eternally dreamy Ellie Goulding, who spurns an unfaithful lover on her Girls soundtrack contribution "Here's To Us." Goulding is at her most vulnerable as she reflects upon her failed relationship over a piano and soaring synths. "Your love wasn't here to stay / I gave you all of mine, but you gave it away" the UK siren steadfastly declares on the chorus, paying tribute to the relationship she once put all her faith in. The track signifies a return to the ethereal synth-laden delicacies of her Halcyon days, and the sound truly showcases Goulding's delicate vocal delivery to the fullest potential.
"Mr. Watson" - Cruel Youth (Natalia Kills)
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Last year seemed like it may be the end of Natalia Kills. The dark pop princess seemingly damaged her career beyond saving after she and her husband Willy Moon riddled a contestant on X-Factor, but the duo are staging a comeback under a new alias. Calling themselves Cruel Youth, Natalia Kills is at the helm of the project's debut release "Mr. Watson." Pulling influence from soul and 60's pop, the track is a delectably unhinged love song to Kills's side-dude. "You're the only one to fix this stupid shit I've been through" Kills croons over the driving production. It's unclear if this new revival will give Kills the opportunity to rebirth her damaged career; however, whether she is going by Natalia Kills, Teddy Sinclair, or Cruel Youth, Kills clearly retains her impressive lyricism and delivers a captivating vocal performance. We're here for more of this, just no more claims of someone else being "artistically atrocious," please!
"Clay" - HANA
Los Angeles based synth-pop songstress HANA rebuilds herself from clay on the gorgeous lead single from her debut EP. The stripped back ballad showcases the rising talent's feathery upper register and her pristine pop sensibility. The track is lyrically innovative and a stunningly triumphant moment from a formerly broken hearted musician. Something tells us that HANA will find a place on many #MusicMonday lists to come!
"Places To Go" - Yuna
Following the release of her 2013 LP Nocturnal, Malaysian pop hitmaker Yuna is incorporating some hip-hop elements on her new release "Places To Go." On the track the musician is looking for a reprieve to rejuvenate her spirit from the stresses of work. "I just need a place to call home" Yuna proclaims over the production. It seems as though Yuna has hit her stride, and we're looking forward to hearing more from her in the months to come.
"Fuck You Back To Sleep: REMIX" - Chris Brown ft. Zayn Malik and Usher
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Chris Brown teamed up with fellow crooners Usher and Zayn Malik for an infinitely sexy remix of his "Fuck You Back To Sleep." The trio promise to deliver a love-fest so melodic that it will put their lovers to sleep. Although the promise seems far from electrifying (who really wants to be rocked to sleep by a lover's rhythm?), the collab itself is far from restful. The R&B jam is all sorts of sensual, and we're feeling pretty intrigued by the concept of these three sexy gentlemen delivering on their promises together...
"Feral Hearts" - Kerli
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Estonian hitmaker Kerli abandoned Los Angeles to hunt for new inspiration in 2015. Returning to her home country, the ethereal songstress lived a simple life in concert with the natural world in an effort to renew her creative energies. Now Kerli is back with the first taste of music from her creative sabbatical, and the result is unsurprisingly enchanting. "Feral Hearts" is an atmospheric synth masterpiece on which Kerli finds herself in the embrace of a wildly captivating romance. The ballad is powerful and dare we say a little mystical.
"Youth" - Troye Sivan
This week Troye Sivan stopped by Spotify's home office to record an acoustic rendition of his current single "Youth," and the result is simply stunning. Stripping back the track from some of it's youthful excesses gives the track an updated feel and showcases Troye's pure vocals and innovative lyricism. We love both versions of the track, but this is a fresh update for a #MusicMonday!
"Electrify" - Eriel Indigo
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Rising electro-pop siren Eriel Indigo is back on the scene, and she's glimmering with electricity on her effervescent new release. Over simmering synths and a driving production the Los Angeles based songstress sparks a connection with someone, inviting them to join her in talking all night. The layered track exudes a fresh sense of energy, especially as it builds towards a stuttering breakdown over the bridge. Eriel Indigo is two for two on her releases this year, and she promises big things to come throughout 2016.
"Scars" - Tove Lo
After flying to the top of the charts with her rambunctious "Talking Body," Tove Lo is back with her contribution to the Divergent Series: Allegiant soundtrack. Things are decidedly uplifting and inspiring, making the track a perfect addition to the film series. The sparse production has a The Weeknd-esque vibe on the verses, but it gradually builds to anthemic levels as Tove Lo moves into the emphatic chorus. "What didn't kiss us made us stronger" the Queen of the Clouds siren proclaims on the chorus, making the track an uplifting addition for this #MusicMonday. "Scars" is entirely memorable from one listen, and it is sure to be a standout on the soundtrack.
"Twisted & Laid Back" - Mike Rebel
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Los Angeles based rapper Mike Rebel displays his varied music inspirations on his debut track "Twisted & Laid Back." Incorporating elements of rock, blues, hip hop, and trance on the track, the production feels unique and compelling, and Rebel's flow is equally impressive. The rapper's vocals growl across the production with a clear confidence and sense of direction. His first release is all sorts of promising, and we're looking forward to Mike Rebel's album out later this year!
What tracks are on your #MusicMonday playlist this week? Let us know below!