Chill-out shortened as chill ; also typeset as chillout or chill out is a loosely defined form of popular music characterized by slow tempos and relaxed moods. Some of the genres associated with "chill" include downtempo , classical , dance , jazz , hip hop , world , pop , lounge , and ambient. The term "chill-out music" — originally conflated with " ambient house " — came from an area called "The White Room" at the Heaven nightclub in London in There, DJs played ambient mixes from sources such as Brian Eno and Pink Floyd to allow dancers a place to "chill out" from the faster-paced music of the main dance floor. Ambient house became widely popular over the next decade before it declined due to market saturation. The popularity of chill-out subsequently expanded to dedicated satellite radio channels, outdoor festivals, and thousands of compilation albums. As on-demand music streaming services grew in the s, a form of downtempo tagged as "lo-fi hip hop" or "chillhop" became popular among YouTube users. There is no exact definition of chill-out music. The room's purpose was to allow dancers a chance to "chill out" from the more emphatic and fast-tempo music played on the main dance floor. This also coincided with the short-lived fad of ambient house , also known as "New Age house".
Last fall, the students in one of my writing classes alerted me to a wildly popular YouTube channel , run by an organization called Chillhop Music. More than 2. We called up the channel on the classroom computer. The video featured an animated raccoon wearing a peach hoodie and drinking a cup of coffee, in a dorm room strewn with generational signifiers: houseplants, seltzer, a turntable. Every once in awhile, the raccoon started typing or casually flicked its tail.
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Written by Ben Murphy Published on Out to the relaxed raving crew — from ambient house to Gallic trip-hop, these tracks will get you in a horizontal frame of mind. But this invitation to relax came to signify a certain kind of horizontal, downbeat electronic music that came about as club culture really hit its stride in the UK at the dawn of the s. Ambient had existed long before, coined in the '70s by Brian Eno to describe his drifting soundscapes. Check this exclusive Spotify playlist below. Its popularity boomed first with clubbers wanting something to listen to during post-club sessions, and blossomed into an industry of its own. But it lives on in a variety of fresh forms today. Here are our Top 10 chill out tracks across the years…. Among the first tunes that could realistically claim the chill out tag, this curiosity from s super producer Trevor Horn better known for crafting pop mega-hits with Buggles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Yes demonstrated not just his command of at the time state-of-the-art electronic music production, but also his visionary arrangements.
There's nothing quite like finding that one album that always sends you into a trance and makes you feel all zen. Now more than ever, it's good to stay as relaxed and calm as possible and to shut out the noise. Smooth Radio's sister radio station Smooth Chill is the home of Music to Chill To , and we've selected the very finest chillout albums of all time, for when you're needing an hour or so of complete calm. The second album from Scottish duo Boards of Canada, this release saw them heading down a darker style than their previous releases.