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Chill-out (sometimes written chillout, chill out, or simply chill) is a term describing several genres of electronic music characterized by their restful melody and moderate tempo – “chill” is a slang word which means “restful”; by metonymy, it indicates a style of planing music diffused in the rooms of chill-out. Since the early 2000s, this style has developed thanks to the Internet, where it is disseminated via specialized radios and podcasts.
The genres associated with chill-out mainly include reggae, ambient, trip hop, nu jazz, ambient house, new age, dub, psydub, psybient and other sub-genres derived from downtempo. From time to time, the easy listening sub-genre of the lounge can be considered as belonging to the chill-out style.
There is no exact definition of chill-out music. The term, which has evolved throughout the decades, generally refers to anything that might be identified as a modern type of easy listening. Some of the genres associated with “chill” include downtempo, classical, dance, jazz, hip hop, world, pop, lounge, and ambient. Chill-out typically has slow rhythms, sampling, a “trance-like nature”, “drop-out beats”, and a mixture of electronic instruments with acoustic instruments. In the “Ambient/Chill Out” chapter of Rick Snoman’s 2013 book Dance Music Manual, he writes, “it could be said that as long as the tempo remains below 120 BPM and it employs a laid-back groove, it could be classed as chill out.”
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