I’ve been a huge fan of chillout music for the last 20 years or so and have always found it to be an essential genre of electronic music. The power of electronic music goes far beyond the dance floor, the more laid-back genres like ambient, downtempo, and neo-classical have given the world some amazing music over the last couple decades. Artists like Moby, The Orb, Orbital, Tangerine Dream, and others have created classics that are still cherished by both new and old fans alike.
It’s music that is thought provoking, emotional, and most importantly calming in a modern world that has become fairly chaotic for most of us.
Over the last five years or so I've become a huge fan of composers like Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Dustin O'Halloran, and others that are leading the neo-classical movement. Much of this music makes its way onto scores and soundtracks due to its cinematic nature, a perfect fusion of traditional and electronic music. So find a quiet place, tap into the Smart Noise Filters with Here One, and prepare for some goosebumps.
Podcast of the Month: Fresh Air - JAY-Z (Listen here)
In honor of JAY-Z's inauguration into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, this month NPR's Fresh Air uncovers an old interview with the singer, his history, and rise to fame. Dive deep, remember the hits and tune in to hear more.
Album of the Month: SZA - CNTRL (Listen here)
With glowing words from Pitchfork and a repeat circulation across the country, SZA's album touches down to incredibly warm reception. The debut album bends genre and gets us ready for summer right.
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