Lounge, Down Tempo, Dub, Chill Out & Everything In Between
From time to time we all need to slow down and take an introspective look at our lives or simply phase out the static noise of a world filled with now an over-whelming ammount of sensory input and media saturation. Many people take time out from the stress of their daily lives with music. The style of music they turn to varies from person to person but the common note people seek is a bit of an escape from their mundane surroundings, to think of other people, places and things going on outside of themselves and their personal situations.
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Lounge music is a retrospective description of music popular in the 1950s and 1960s encompassing such genres as exotica, easy listening and space age pop. Lounge music ranges from beautiful music-influenced instrumentals, to modern electronica with chillout or downtempo influences, while maintaining its focus on retro-space-age cultural elements. The earliest forms of lounge music appeared in the 1920s and 1930s, known as light music. Lounge music is a form of mood music, intended to create the feeling of another place such as a jungle, an island paradise, or outer space.
Lounge music may also refer to music played in the lounges and bars of hotels and casinos, or at standalone piano bars.
Downtempo (or Downbeat) is a laid-back electronic music style similar to ambient music, but usually with a beat or groove unlike the beatless forms of Ambient music. The beat is sometimes made from loops that have a hypnotic feeling. Sometimes the beats are more complicated and more featured instead of being in the background, but even then they are usually less intense than other kinds of electronic music like Trance. Often the name chill out music is used to refer to songs demonstrative of the genre, but those names also refer to other styles of music, and downtempo encompasses a wider variety of styles than those terms alone would indicate. Another related genre is Trip Hop, though Downtempo usually uses a slower tempo than Trip-hop.
Dub is a form of music which evolved out of reggae in the late 1960s. The dub sound consists predominantly of instrumental remixes of existing recordings and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, emphasizing the drum and bass frequencies or "riddim", adding extensive echo and reverb effects, and dubbing occasional snippets of lyrics from the original version. It is widely accepted that Jamaican musicians Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock, and Lee "Scratch" Perry pioneered the style in the 1960s and early 1970s. Ruddock and Perry each called upon the mixing desk as an instrument, with the deejay or "selector" playing the role of the artist or performer. These early "dub" examples can be looked upon as the prelude to many dance and pop music genres. Today, the word "dub" is used widely to describe the re-formatting of music of various genres into typically instrumental, rhythm-centric adaptations.
Chill Out (sometimes also chillout, chill-out, or simply chill), a term derived from a slang injunction to relax, emerged in the early and mid-1990s as a catch-all term for various styles of relatively mellow, slow-tempo music made by contemporary producers in the electronic music scene. The term "Chill out music", as well as the genre itself, originated in chill rooms that were set up by DJs off to the edge of club dance floors to give patrons a chance to take a break from the hectic dance vibe and chill out with this style of music. Chill out as a musical genre or descriptive is synonymous with the more recently popularized terms "smooth electronica" and "soft techno" and is a loose genre of music blurring into several other very distinct styles of electronic and lo-fi music.
Everything In Between
Everything In Between allows a DJ in any Club Setting to remain versatile even within the constraints of playing a Down Tempo event. There are several artists out there that don't fit neatly winthin a single genre of music but offer up something soulful and thought provoking that makes them appropriate and a pleasant surprise for the listener. Everything from Lo-Fi Indy Rock, Classic Motown R&B, Electro/Synth-Pop and World Music to Vintage/Acid Jazz & Blues, Neo Soul, Underground Hip Hop & Instrumentals should work it's way into any savvy DJ's playlist if he's truly interested in promoting diversity and expanding horizons.
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I just love this Leftfield track. They've a nice broad range in styles. I think this track like Looking Down The Barrell of a Gun by the Beastie Boys samples Mike Viners Incredible Bongo Bands version of Apache. Beat/bongos are slowed down.
This post has been edited by ThePinkFloydSound on Sunday, Feb 21 2010, 14:57
That was a great track, thanks for sharing, ThePinkFloydSound.
One track I've been super infatuated with this last year is an amazing song, Araya'sA Little f*cked Up (feat. Zanre) there's no youtube clip for it but do yourself a favor and click that link for a listen. (If the link is being a bit dodgey just type that title into the last fm search bar it'll pop right up.)
Love these guys, Easy Star All-Stars. Comprised of some of the best Dub Artists out of New York. They've done incredibly good covers of entire Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Beatles albums. They really find a way to make every song their own.
I tend to be very critical of Mash Ups as they often end up being done poorly and layered awkwardly but BRAT Productions have really produced some of the best in the last couple years, compared to something super busy like Girl Talk, this was a breath of fresh air.
A lot of the people I've played this Kenna track for like to go back and give it another 2 or 3 listens. Very Cool Video as well. Enjoy.
This post has been edited by meta187 on Sunday, Feb 21 2010, 14:52
I love the Easy All Stars. I only have Dub Side of The Moon but I've heard the Sgt. Peppers cover and Radiohead covers. Love to see them live.
That Mashup is great. Those songs go really well together. I can be a little critical of them too but when they're done well they can be great. There's a shop called Urban Outfitters in my city that play decent music. One time I was in there they played a CD of mashups. It was like Need You Tonight by INXS mashed with some excellent Hip-Hop track. (f*ck can't remember which track it was)
@Canoxa: Love Lee Perry. He playe last year and I missed him. He's about 74 years old too.
At a party the other night. Of course when we were winding down and chilling out in the late hours of the morning we stuck on some Aphex Twin and AFX.
Selected Ambient Works...
[ I find this to me one of his more upbeat tracks on SAW's
This is so relaxing. Love the faint metronome type beat/tapping. I dont think this was included in the U.S. release of Selected Ambient Works. Not totally sure about that though.
This post has been edited by ThePinkFloydSound on Sunday, Feb 21 2010, 15:25
It's a nolstalgic nod at best but that thread was very music focused during it's run. Classic Dub, keep it coming.
@ThePinkFloydSound: Yea, I totally remember actually paying *gasp* cash money for that Aphex Twin CD, I kept thinking, "this is the same Aphex Twin that has that scary video with the Albino Demon thing screaming in a poor old ladies face?" That "melt" track is very nice and even, you may be correct about it not making the US release don't recall hearing it before.
A few more selections...
My wife spotted this track by Hard-Fi the other day and she pretty much knows what I like. Unfortunately, not all of their stuff sounds like this.
Dub's a fairly international scene but Asian Dub Foundation are a real stand out for me. They tend to be very upbeat but also have some trippier slower tracks on their albums. Sinead O'Conner Really makes this track.
Mark Farina is hands down one of my favorite Trip Hop DJ's, this side of Nightmares on Wax. He put together all of the Mushroom Jazz Compilations which again I actually paid for. This is probably one of the more unique things I've ever heard him put together.
This post has been edited by meta187 on Sunday, Feb 21 2010, 16:46
Aw man Meta, 1000 Mirrors is f*cking excellent. I have the Sinead O'Connor album that's on - 'Collaborations'. I got a bit off stick of one of my mates for getting it. She does an excellent track with Bomb The Bass.
@Vanilla: Nice track.
This post has been edited by ThePinkFloydSound on Sunday, Feb 21 2010, 17:33
@ThePinkFloydSound: Yea Sinead is a very misunderstood, maligned individual but still has the force of will to carry a song to compelling places.
@Mastercraft: Ambient is defintely welcome and Holy Crap The xx?! They've been getting a lot of major play on our local NPR affiliate out of Austin, W-KUT. Really like that man/woman duet sound they have going. And Air's a given, I've been wanting to check out some of the new tracks off their Love 2 they just dropped recently. Classic 808, the two DJ's I met from Manchester were both crazy about them.
@Narcis- Yea that whole Vice City soundtrack on both the original and VCS takes me to another place in time. Synth Pop ballads in general have been making a big come back in recent years.
And to keep it rolling right along...
I'm a big fan of the large electro synth pop movement coming out of Austrailia in recent years since The Avalanches phenominal- Since I Left You album, people out of Sydney & Melbourne must be getting far better e than the artists are getting stateside. lol. Cut Copy definitely fits the bill.
Midnight Juggernauts is another.
And finally the UK based, The Black Ghosts. The beat on this undeniable the fact that they used my favorite childhood toy to make the video is icing on the cake. Turn This One Up.
This post has been edited by meta187 on Sunday, Feb 21 2010, 22:17
Love 2 isn't so bad, it's certainly more polished. It has a mainstream feel to it too, I can imagine each and every song on it getting radio play. It's very accessible. As for the The XX (can't stand to give it lowercase treatment, I'm a grammar nazi and it goes against my grain, haha), they're a great little band and their album's pretty damn good. If you haven't heard it yet, I recommend it.
Thanks Shake, you and I always seem to mutually vibe on music tracks.
So Crazy you just posted this as I mentioned Nightmares on Wax in the last post I posted only a moment before.
Hehe, yeah, some great tracks out there to just chill out to. And I read your post before I posted the song and was thinking "Wow, what a coincidence. The song I'm about to post is by Nightmares on Wax". Good taste.
Some grade A stuff in this topic so far. Think I might add a link to it in my signature.
Here are some other great tracks:
"Go Forward" by Chilled By Nature
First heard this in The Ballad of Gay Tony and I immediately bought the song. It's just great.
"God's Bathroom Floor (Instrumental)" by Atmosphere
Instrumental to one of my favorite hip-hop songs. One that just relaxes me for some reason.
And here's some more greatness from Nightmares On Wax: "195Lbs"
That God's Bathroom Floor Instrumental really grabbed me when you dropped it in the Hip Hop topic, definitely memorable.
Whoever's putting together the GTA Soundtracks really do their homework I was really impressed that they had that Animal song playing in the main club by Miike Snow, which really isn't a single guy, it's three producers working under one name. Anyways they have this amazing song, Silvia.
In love with this. ^
Tell me you don't get immediate flashbacks of driving around the original Liberty City in a Mafia Sentry when you hear this.
This is off the very cool almost U.N.K.L.E. like Aim Compilation, Hinterland, severely smooth. Play this for your girls and I'll hear the panties droppin in unison from a distance.
This sounds right up my alley, but it is not a convenient time for me to listen to the videos posted.
I definitely like chill music. I'm currently listening to Cibo Matto's "King of Silence," and I think that would fit this thread, but I cannot find any videos on youtube for it. Also on my (three-song) playlist is Spandau Ballet's "Gold" (another Vice City classic), followed by Enter Shikari's "Jonny Sniper," which decidedly doesn't belong in this thread, but I recommend it anyway.
Sexy new support sig in the intro courtesy of Narcis_speed6. Many thanks.
Röyksopp is a definite fav. This song features the haunting vocals of Karin Dreijer Andersson from the Swedish electronica duo The Knife, also known for her solo work as Fever Ray. This chick scares me... in a good way.
Cibo Matto, Twang? Sugar Water's a must.
José González does an amazing cover here of Massive Attack's, 'Teardrop'.
This post has been edited by meta187 on Monday, Feb 22 2010, 19:57
This song samples my favorite piece by Arthur Verocai titled Na Boca Do Sol. YouTube doesn't have the original song up due to copyrights, but if you ever get a chance to hear it immediately do so. Verocai's self-titled album is still my top favorite album of all time. And MF Doom certainly does a good job of playing with the sound.