Elections got you feeling stressed out? Listen to our May Writers Picks playlist. It’s not going to fix all the problems in the country, but it will bring you an hour of joy. And you know, sometimes it’s the small wins.

First is Yum Yuck with “Crowd Pleaser” – a quirky indie song taken from his latest EP about a wandering Crab Man.

Second is “Don’t Answer” by Joya Mooi. It’s her anthem of self-preservation; a soothing reminder of just how important it is to set boundaries for yourself. Read our interview with the Dutch-South African songwriter here.

Third is Hanna with “Guilt Free” – a coming-of-age single rooted in self-love. Read the full feature here.

Ben Rodrigues’ viral smash hit “Was It Real” also makes an appearance, as well as our #SpotlightOn artist for May, Kearne Dragon, with “Ruin Pt. 2”.

Other highlights include Moonchild Sanelly’s future-ghetto celebration of powerful women (“Scrambled Eggs”), The Joy (“Amaqatha Amancane”) and Blue Lab Beats (“Say Wow”).

Oh, and of course we included Billie Eilish with her incredible third studio album HIT ME HARD AND SOFT. Is “BIRDS OF A FEATHER” the best pop single she’s ever written? Probably.

Lastly, in celebration of Apple Music naming The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill the best album of all time, we had to feature Ms. Lauryn Hill. We’ve chosen “Ex-Factor”, a simple love song that epitomises the best of ’90s R&B. There’s just no one who does it better.

Ok, time to check those election results again.