As exam season looms for students everywhere, we here at The 405 have compiled a list of mellow tracks to accompany your revision efforts. Enjoy!


Jamie xx - 'Sleep Sound'

Jamie xx has long been making exciting and boundary pushing music - his remix of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' was a staple on my iPod during my A Levels in 2011. 'Sleep Sound' is a perfect example of his eclectic, sonically interesting sound - looped samples of what sounds like an Alicia Keys delivered vocal drift ethereally above an unrelenting electronic beat to create a delightfully mellow and chilled example of electronic pop. Check the A-side to this release 'Girl' - it too is delightfully warm.

JUCE - 'Call You Out'

JUCE are an exciting new girl band from London whose sound is not too dissimilar from the early 90s girl band sounds of TLC and SWV. Not only do they make incredible music, their music video for 'Call You Out' is a retro-infused throwback of epic proportions. 'Call You Out' makes for an incredibly enjoyable listen - if any of the tracks on this list risk drawing you away from the books for a quick dance, it's this one. Wonderful stuff.

Dornik - 'Rebound'

Dornik first caught my eye as a member of Jessie Ware's live band during her August 2012 gig in Brixton when he duetted with her, taking Sampha's vocals on 'Valentine'. Since then, he's put out some incredible stuff including this, his latest effort 'Rebound' - a track that achieves the mean feat of sounding a bit like both Frank Ocean and A-ha. Also rather brilliant is his track 'Something About You' - a smooth slice of soulful future r'n'b.

Ten Walls - 'Walking With Elephants'

I first heard this being spun on Annie Mac's show on BBC Radio 1 a few weeks back, and I was instantly transfixed. The combination of strings, bass and brass is beautiful, and its gradual crescendo that develops across this five and a half minute opus makes for one of the most glorious musical moments of the year - it's perfect to accompany your revision.

Disclosure, London Grammar - 'Help Me Lose My Mind' (SOHN Remix)

Whilst the original version of this track was already a delightfully mellow pop masterpiece, this remix courtesy of SOHN ramps up the brilliance to the next level. Whilst the heartbreakingly beautiful vocals of London Grammar's Hannah Reid remain in tact, in the instrumentation around her is given a brilliant re-jig to stunning effect.

Sky Ferreira - 'I Blame Myself'

Sky's debut album was a triumph, and this was its crowning jewel - a track that sounds a bit like the early Madonna records that soundtracked so much of the mid-80s. In terms of exciting new pop, you can't get much better than this. Her Dev Hynes collaboration 'Everything Is Embarrassing' is equally great.

Jon Hopkins - 'We Disappear' (feat. Lulu James)

Jon Hopkins 2013 record Immunity was excellent. Now, the record's opener - the beautiful 'We Disappear' - has been given a pop vocal courtesy of the brilliant Lulu James. This exquisite example of mellow electronica is simply marvellous, and if you like the sound of Lulu's vocal - check out her track 'Sweetest Thing' - it's equally lovely.

Janet Jackson - 'If' (Kaytranada Remix)

An oldy but a goody nonetheless, Kaytranada has continually made exciting forward-thinking pop over the past year or so. Yet, having remixed everyone from Pharrell to Snakehips and Disclosure, it is his refix of Janet's iconic 1993 hit 'If' that still sounds the most wonderful. The combination of Kaytranada's production with the incredible melody - written by Janet herself and her longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is great and this remix is still as brilliant now as it was on the first spin.

FKA Twigs - 'Ultraviolet'

I adore FKA Twigs, and this track from her 2013 EP EP2 is as wonderful as the rest of her back catalogue. Beautiful stuff.

Bok Bok - 'Melba's Call' (feat. Kelela)

Bok Bok and Kelela are the pefect duo - Kelela's sublime vocals float dreamily here above Bok Bok's production to make an mellow electronic track of epic proportions. If you like this, Kelela's Cut 4 Me mixtape will be right up your street.