We were gone for a little bit, but the Sunday Sesh is back to bring you select new music every week! Taking time to relax and enjoy some music is an essential part of life that it is even more vital during trying times like these. This week, we are featuring a bunch of different sounds that are all relaxing and uplifting in their own way. We start with a Housey R&B banger from Kaleena Zanders and VanessaMichaels before going on to a pure R&B ballad from The Weeknd and Calvin Harris, a synth-heavy and moody indie track from The Smashing Pumpkins and a liquid Drum and Bass masterpiece from Artificial Intelligence and Makoto.
Kaleena Zanders x VenessaMichaels – ‘Creme Brulee’
The #1 track on Spotify’s Dance Rising playlist is a brand new song from LA’s Kaleena Zanders and VenessaMichaels. The duo dropped ‘Creme Brulee’ and four remixes from boiish, Brooklyn Fade, Desert Disco and Leemz as an EP that you can grab here via their own label, Go Off Studios.
‘Creme Brulee’ is a house influenced R&B track that hits with high energy. The 90s inspired chords, bouncy beat and plucked bassline set the stage perfectly for Kaleena’s vocals as she serenades a non-gender conforming “Romeo” who’s being hypnotized by this confident female that’s ready to embrace her sweet Creme Brulee. The song is a fun and sensual empowerment-ballad that the duo decided to put out as the lead single for their upcoming EP, Sunset Situations.
The Weeknd x Calvin Harris – ‘Over Now’
The Weeknd collaborated with Calvin Harris for his newest release, ‘Over Now’. Harris’ production on this track is very different from the candy-coated, main-stage EDM sound which made him his fortune. This song is a funky and soulful R&B ballad with acid house synths dancing around in the background, adding a space-funk vibe to the production.
The Weeknd’s vocals are flawless as always and he really dives into this one, exploring the track while exercising his range. The music video is a complete head trip that will leave you slack-jawed and satisfied. This is yet another fantastic release from The Weeknd and we can’t wait to see what is next.
The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Cyr’
One of the few Grunge bands to make it out of the 90s, the iconic group The Smashing Pumpkins have enjoyed quite a long and successful career. Their new single, ‘Cyr’, is a nostalgic synth-pop sound that is a departure from the heavy Grunge sound that made the group famous, but is no less enjoyable. The big snares and deliberate kick drum back the 80s synths, creating a Miami-Vice-ready instrumental that Billy Corgan lays his signature vocals over. The result is a fun song that fully delivers as a genre piece.
Artificial Intelligence & Makoto – ‘Cold Expanse’
This collaboration between two big names in the Liquid DNB scenes does a fantastic job of bottling the vibe of its title and putting it into sound. Artificial Intelligence and Makoto’s ‘Cold Expanse’ is a spacey and captivating journey that is both soothing and energetic. The team at UKF Drum and Bass who premiered this masterpiece summed up the song flawlessly on their YouTube channel, ‘Cold Expanse’ is “Three kindred spirits, two massively influential acts, one stunning piece of cosmic drum & bass music.”