New Genre Alert. Category: Music
Flying so low under the radar that only the most obsessive music sluts (like myownself) have detected it, is a new music genre known as "chillout" music. It's essentially jazz, classical, and other low-key instrumental music purposely intended to be background music - sorta like muzak with some cachet - or the old chestnut PBS radio show "Hearts of Space" with a rhythm track. Classical and jazz purists might spray blood from their eyeballs in apoplexy upon their first encounter with chillout mixes because this is an offshoot of modern sampled, looped and spliced drums, with licks and phrases mixed and hashed all together - for sheer ambiance or effect more so than musical purity.
Yet, it does make an excellent background soundscape for working or a mellow party.
A search on CDuniverse.com or Amazon.com for the terms "chillout" or "after hours" will pull up a bunch.
I can personally recommend these two:
-- classical chillout
-- the very best of AfterHours
Check it out, mang.