Chillwave Origins: Dreamy Island Beats

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I’ve jumped on the chillwave boat. It will take me to a hazy Pacific paradise with imposing jungle that opens onto white sand beaches. I’ll spend my time squinting at distant shapes that never get closer, and sweat will reign. The universal theme in chillwave is the deja vu inducing production full of reverberating beats and and swirling melodies and harmonies. Manu Chao’s 1998 single “Bongo Bong” hits the mark. The vocals don’t really fit the chillwave criteria, but the track is a beauty. This song was my lazy summer anthem.

MP3: “King of the Bongo Bong” – Manu Chao


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