How To Dress Well- “No Words To Say” Mix

Tom Krell (a.k.a. How To Dress Well) just released this new mix of songs that have inspired his upcoming album “What Is This Heart?” (due next month). It includes everything from modern R&B/hip hop (Kelis, Trey Songz, Beyonce, Future) to more classic artists (Prince, Whitney Houston, Lou Reed) to a Taking Back Sunday cover and snippets of a couple of his new songs. Definitely a diverse mix that makes for an interesting, unpredictable and fulfilling listening experience.

It’s worth it for the Taking Back Sunday to Beyonce transition alone.

Deadmau5- “Seeya”

Deadmau5 will release his long awaited new album on June 17, and he just dropped its first single, “Seeya” today. It opens with a killer bass line and features Colleen D’Agostino’s vocals and a nice steady, poppy beat. As I listen to it I can’t help but hear hints of a Daft Punk-esque style. This could become very popular pretty quickly.

Slow Dancing Society- “Pull”

Slow Dancing Society (a.k.a. Drew Sullivan) is probably my favorite chill/ambient artist. He creates exactly the kind of music that I want to hear while practicing yoga, writing or trying to lull myself to sleep. My knowledge of ambient music is limited, but I can say that his songs have a subtle radiance and a uniquely soothing quality that I don’t often hear in most music from that genre. I usually put at least one Slow Dancing Society song on the playlists I use in my yoga classes for that very reason.

His latest piece of work, “Pull,” might be my favorite so far. If you’re in the mood for something especially minimal and soothing, listen to it here and find more of his music on his soundcloud page. His albums are available on iTunes and Spotify, and my personal favorites are Laterna Magica and The Sound Of Lights When Dim.

“Best Shot”- Birdy & Jaymes Young

Jaymes Young is right up there with Ellie Goulding in my book; I could listen to him sing “Twinkle Twinkle” and be totally satisfied. I love this new song from the soundtrack to “The Fault In Our Stars” that he’s featured in. I only wish it had more of his voice in it. It sounds like more of a Birdy solo song, and although their harmonies are spot on, her vocals almost overpower his. I like his overall sound and style better than Birdy’s, and I wish the soundtrack included one of his solo songs. Nonetheless this is a beautiful ballad if you like music that’s on the more poppy/mellow side.

The soundtrack looks decent and well rounded. It features M83, STRFKR, Lykke Li, and Ed Sheeran, among others.

Lana Del Rey “Shades of Cool”

Here’s another song to keep us all satisfied while we eagerly wait for Lana Del Rey’s new album to be released next month. It’s in turns dark, haunting, dreamy, downcast, and alluring; all the qualities one would expect to hear in a Lana song. It builds to a pretty cacophonous, tortured climax before slowing down to a hazy crawl again and ending with the refrain “your heart is unbreakable.”

Definitely a pretty breathtaking listening experience.

Drake- “Over” (Maximus MMC Remix)

Maximus MMC lends a dark, chill trap-influenced sound to this Drake hit, providing an enticingly ominous backdrop that changes the overall mood of the song in an interesting and effective way. The softer beats also serve to enhance Drake’s vocals. Being a fan of hip hop that’s on the more chill, downtempo side, I actually prefer his version to the original track.

This is definitely one of the best Drake remixes I’ve heard. You’ll love it if you’re a fan of Drake, Kid Cudi, or hip hop with dark, chill beats.