Searching for the soundtrack to an otherwise perfectly planned cocktail party? When the same old holiday songs won’t do, curate a fresh, modern feel for your gathering. The season is about sharing good times and emotional connections, after all, and these tracks get it done, blending evocative, sometimes bittersweet arrangements with plenty of guest-pleasing groove.
The finger-picked, whispery intro builds a low-lit mood as you serve the first cocktails of the evening. A subtle drum entrance will have guests tapping their toes without even realizing.
Dreamy harp runs give way to an uplifting chorus, energizing guests to mingle and converse.
Structured yet stream-of-consciousness, the instrumentation and vocals in this track create space for ideas and experiences to be shared.
Processed, chopped-up vocals are all the rage right now, and this track delivers nuanced editing on top of a danceable, if melancholic, backdrop.
A powerful vocal delivery over a lush arrangement just might lead to some tipsy catharsis.
Nod in approval at the emotional vocal, sway to the evocative chorus strings, or just step to the simply and expertly delivered drums.
Atmospheric and textural, a couple of nice ambient transitions such as this track can be the glue that makes your playlist really work.
Vocals and bass weave effortlessly across a canvas of flawless drums and strings. The lyrics may remind us that life’s problems aren’t easily forgotten or ignored, but the song is ultimately a positive reflection of love that fits the season.
Snap along, clink your glasses and share some laughs. The big beat and pulsing synths are groovy and get you moving, and the song also tugs at the heartstrings.