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« on: August 28, 2016, 01:50:00 pm »

i dont know much about electronic music, i was wondering if anyone knew of any good electro music to chill out to on a sunday afternoon?


« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 09:38:54 pm »

"Electronic music" is a very vague term, so it's hard to tackle the question. Even "ambient" is an incredibly nebulous, open-ended descriptor, considering it's existed as a "style" since at least the 70's... But that is one clue I can offer you: Check out anything labeled "ambient".

As someone who is also pretty clueless about the majority of "electronic music", and someone who can't differentiate between the majority of micro-genres and self-indulgent, post-internet pop-up/flavor-of-the-month electronic music fads (all the millennial Macbook electronica I hear these days just sounds like poor imitations of old Richard D. James/Boards of Canada stuff to my ears), I can't hold a conversation about much of this stuff, but experience has shown me that, for all of its variation, "ambient" music generally lends itself to relaxation, meditation and/or introspection (as opposed to rump-shaking). I'm not saying that all ambient music is "light" or "relaxing". It can be made to sound very sad/moody, or even malevolent, but at its most basic, it's (generally electronic) music that provides atmosphere and allows your mind drift. I tend to like music that seems to have some emotional depth. Stuff that evokes bittersweet nostalgia and a sense of dreamy surrealism in equal measure. The way I interpret it, what I enjoy best is not "light/happy", per se, but it's good "lie in bed in the dark and stare at the ceiling and wonder where it all went wrong" music, I think, and that's basically how I "relax". Cheesy

Technically a DnB track, but it has a very trippy, icy, nocturnal vibe that I find very reminiscent of being under the influence of certain synthetic dissociative substances. Might be good for relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjrjbDOI5pI

A couple of other artists (also not "ambient" in the strictest sense of labeling) that immediately come to mind for me are Hex (this one) and Mono Junk:

If you're open to Hip-Hop (which is something I know even less about), some of it can also be very relaxing and otherworldly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alNEJmGoMvk

You might also find something you like in the world of shoegaze and dreampop (some of which is heavily electronic in nature, but not generally so): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYerbroPX34

Another (mostly synth-based) artist worth checking out is Tor Lundvall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4cfyI4fdHg
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2016, 05:57:05 pm »

A DJ called Nick Warren sometimes release chilled/ambient/downtempo mixes.  Try Global Underground #30 Nick Warren - Paris Disc One.  Think you may find the full mix on youtube, Disc Two is more club/dancefloor but the 2 discs make a great release.  As an alternative try Chilled Euphoria or the Back To Mine series of releases.


« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2016, 06:01:32 pm »


Nick Warren's Paris Mix


« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2016, 08:35:48 pm »

I would let you these masterpieces:

1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99myH1orbs4

Artist: Air.
Album: Moon Safari.
Year: 1998.

2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROrte4MMnrE

Artist: Massive Attack.
Album: Mezzanine.
Year: 1998.

Enjoy and relaaaax, dude Wink


« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2016, 10:53:41 pm »

Moments In Love (Beaten) (1985) The Art Of Noise

I guess it would have to be considered as an "oldie" having come out over 30 years ago!

A timeless piece, and today, still one of my all-time, ultimate favorite “slow jams”--in my opinion, this particular version (of the four or so the group has) being the best!





« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2016, 12:54:59 am »

'Selected Ambient Works 85 - 92' - Aphex Twin

So I wouldn't recommend any of his other albums, and there are some more spooky and sinister tracks on this album that I'd avoid, but there's some really great chill music too, I often listen to this on my way home from work, the first track always makes me feel happy.

'Howl' - Rival Consoles
Some nice pure ambient, although a bit too melancholy for some.

'4' - Boozoo Bajou

Some nice electronic jazz fusion, sounds like a movie soundtrack for a spy thriller.

'Pure Heroine' - Lorde

Yeah I know, top 40, sellout, pop is trash, whatever. This is a solid, down tempo album, stripped of any excess, and with a great performance by her. One of the best debut albums in recent memory.


« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2016, 06:10:20 pm »

William Basinski  The disentegration loops   


« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2016, 01:05:54 am »

OK so how other people have said "electronic" music to "relax" to can pretty much cover anything.

The Orb can be relaxing. They can also not be relaxing.

Vapourwave is a thing. There's a band called something like 2142. It is too close to nothing for my liking but is electronic and is relaxing. Possibly too relaxing.

One band I would recommend to you is port-royal. They are only vaguely describable. I would say they are chilled electronic with a bit of a post-rock vibe. Flares is the best album I think but the rest are good. (not heard No Ware something or other, their latest)

You should also check out some soundtracks.

Stars In The Lid could be up your street. Again it depends on what you want from your music. The Tired Sounds Of and & The Definement Of Their Decline is music I would recommend if you want to sleep. Max Richter's Sleep is what you really want for that though. The full version. I think it's 8 hours and is designed to sleep to.

+1 for
Massive Attack - Mezzanine (I wouldn't call it chilled though)
Air - Moon Safari
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 2 (the original is a bit of a slog)

And, sorry but I love it, Lorde. South Park has so much to answer to!! Ya Ya Ya I am Lorde.


« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2016, 01:28:08 am »

+1 for
Massive Attack - Mezzanine (I wouldn't call it chilled though)
Air - Moon Safari

Yeah, I know that some people believe that Mezzanine is more like a background music for having sex, but I have listened to it while writing bc it let me focus and relax at the same time.  Tongue


« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2016, 02:11:04 am »

Try digging some stuff by Christian Jansen a.k.a. C-Jay.  Start with Backslider.


« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2016, 05:21:51 am »

SemenDemon said it best, you are being too vauge. The real key to finding music you may or may not like is to give us an example.  As other posters have stated with their own suggestions many genres of music use electronic influences, I wouldn't even try to say different. "Electronic music to relax to" is a minefield, so help us out and find something you would consider electronic and we can get the ball rolling.

BTW Electro is a genre in itself, along with ambient, downtempo and chilled. Tends to be dancefloor music is Electro.

Listen Here vvvvvv




« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2016, 06:26:39 am »

That last post is a help because I would suggest Phillip Glass or Steven Reich (sp?), both of which sound electronic even when they aren't. Uh, they are also before 'electronic' I both hate and am fascinated by 'electronic' music as I am, have always been, partially deaf. This DOES NOT mean you aren't hearing things. I hear most things OK. More or less. But what I have is background noise. Lots and lots of it. Always. So my brain attempts to compensate for it by making up music, of some sort. Some a Capella men's choir. Mostly random, very, very repetitive crap. Words will crop up at times to go with the 'music' and I can only pray that they aren't too horrible.
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2016, 06:47:43 am »

That last post is a help because I would suggest Phillip Glass or Steven Reich (sp?), both of which sound electronic even when they aren't. Uh, they are also before 'electronic'

Steve "Coldcut" Reich ?  Back in the day, electronic would sometimes refer to how the music was made.  Making music in a home studio really blossomed during this time, for a moderate sum of money people could make their own music in the way they like and cut out record company investment and influence. Not just in a club/dancefloor style of music, but with anyone who wanted to get creative.  If it was good independant labels would licence it for release or take on the act to the label giving them creative freedom and a platform to get noticed to a level where major commercial labels buy in.


« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2016, 06:54:46 am »

There's actually two Steve Reichs (sp?) that I know of and they're a bit odd. There is a Steve Reich (I do have it right:) from1936. Different Trains is mostly what I have.
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2016, 07:12:03 am »

1936......Thats Glenn Miller territory ?


« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2016, 07:12:34 am »

I miss chat. Forums suck for trying to converse. And, yes I know there is the the alternative, but it's like a small town now... If you haven't lived there forever.... well, we'll be nice enough.


« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2016, 07:19:01 am »

Hey!  i LIKE Glenn Miller. Always did. But gimme a sec to check out the old Steve thing. Oh fucking HELL! 1936?Huh?? yavey christos. . Om y fucking god.



« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2016, 07:29:16 am »

Not electronic, but this thread is getting way off-topic anyway. So, if you like the early releases from Reich and Glass, Charlemagne Palestine is also worth looking into:


« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2016, 07:33:34 am »

But dear God, you have to at some time. listen to this. More awesome than I remember. Play it for your friends as a party joke and ask when it was made. If they know, then knew already.

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