Stressed out by the pressure of work or school? Kick back, de-stress and chill with our relaxing music guide that’s guaranteed to make things better! Get to know the famous pianists and DJs who populate your relaxing music playlists and enjoy their genius compositions. For this list, we’re limiting our relaxing music recommendations to one track per pianist or DJ so you won’t have to worry about going through multiple songs!
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Nujabes – Father Of Lo-Fi Chillhop
One who shies away from mainstream fame, Nujabes has been sorely missed since his fatal 2010 car accident. Thankfully, his legacy lives on through talented like-minded composers who state Nujabes as their inspiration. It’s not hard to see why Nujabes is considered the father of lo-fi chillhop and relaxing music given his amazing talent for arranging music that oozes relaxing vibes.
We’re making an exception in this case so do check out both Reflection Eternal and Aruarian Dance. They feature distinct Nujabes hip-hop beats with enchanting piano and guitar melodies that will soothe any tired soul. Deceptively simple, Nujabes crafts each piece to transcend borders and speak straight to your heart.
DJ Okawari – YouTube DJ Sensation
DJ Okawari is a household name when it comes to relaxing music. He is famous across YouTube for his fresh take on blending piano jazz with subtle hip hop influences! An expert at layering to create soulful backdrops for the guitar and piano to take centre stage, Okawari regularly experiments to create the perfect music when you need to focus or relax.
Luv Letter showcases his strengths as he combines warm hip-hop beats with a breathtaking piano performance. The song starts off slow and monophonic before exciting your senses with hypnotic piano notes guaranteed to keep you emotionally invested.
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Yiruma – Famed Composer And Pianist
Best known for his contemporary classical music pieces in films and television dramas, Yiruma is a famous Korean composer and pianist that specialises in relaxing music. He exploded in popularity because of his innate ability to play the same few notes and emotionally captivate listeners with his masterful compositions!
To date, River Flows In You has amassed 64 million views on Yiruma’s channel and is one of the most recognisable piano melodies in the world. While not the most complex or intricate composition, many adore this relaxing music piece. Its sweeping gentle melodies are perfect for easy listening after a long day.
L’indécis – Soulful Independent Chillhop Beatmaker
For those seeking respite after a stressful day, look no further than the relaxing music genre of chillhop. Described as a mellow, down-tempo subsect of hip hop, chillhop takes the best of both worlds. Hip hop beats are incorporated alongside smooth jazz to create soothing music that’s fuel for the soul.
For starters, look towards French beatmaker L’indécis for his unique brand of jazz fusion! Since its February 2018 launch, Soulful has received boatloads of praise from the chillhop community for its groovy bass line and relaxing music vibes that are smooth enough to rock a baby to sleep. We recommend turning up the bass and sipping on a warm beverage to maximise the amount of good vibes!
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M.Hisataakaa – Hip Hop Remix Of A Masterpiece
The world of Japanese underground hip hop and chillhop can be a labyrinth, especially because of how little exposure the subgenre gets internationally. However, M.Hisataakaa and Karakuri of A.Y.B Force have managed to strike gold with their catchy remix of the famous Studio Ghibli soundtrack from My Neighbour Totoro.
Made popular through the anime, the original Joe Hisaishi masterpiece held a sense of childlike wonder that charmed many audiences back in its day. The clever Path Of The Wind remix changes things up by introducing jazz and hip hop elements! Few songs and remixes achieve the same level of smoothness while retaining what made the original piece so awe-inspiring. Definitely check this one out if you’re clamouring for a wave of old school nostalgia and need a good dose of relaxing music!
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