Need to take a breather? For the August collaborative blog, the collective curated a playlist of ambient, indie and hip hop tracks to show that calming music doesn't have to be elevator music.
The playlist is generally structured from ambient and electronic towards
mellow hip hop, indie and rock.
With streaming algorithms constantly pushing generic lo-fi playlists, it's unfortunate that many people's connotation of instrumental beats is computer-generated or just otherwise cookie-cutter melodies. The track "Bus Ride" is a great example of a contemporary instrumental hip hop track that shows ~vibey~ music can still be emotionally and sonically dynamic. It's a harmoniously blend of Karriem Riggins' live drumming with melancholic synthy beats.
Similarly, Apollo Brown's new album, This Must Be The Place, was intentionally created as background music. While background music is generally thought of as bland or boring, he created a thoughtful and introspective mood for people to create their own memories with. It's an interesting take on beat making, and you can stay tuned on T&E for an interview I did with Apollo Brown about the album in the next few weeks. -- Parisa (on her track selections)
For a lot of gigging DJs, not being able to connect with other music lovers in-person during the pandemic felt crushing. JD Twitch (of the legendary Optimo club) channeled some of his lockdown frustration and unspent energies into making a series of calming hour-long mixes that I now carry with me everywhere. Better than diazepam but possibly more addictive. -- Kurt B. Reighley
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