YizzyV on 08/08/2018 at 10:55PM
Search 'lofi hip hop' on Youtube and you'll likely find many mixes with "chill/study/relax" in the title, plastered with an anime thumbnail image.
I don't know about you, but from where I am (Singapore), these playlists are EVERYWHERE. Almost everyone I know are either listening to these mixes or a new upload by Majestic Casual.
Because of the popularity of these playlists, Trip Hop (used synomously with Downtempo - though the latter has a cleaner, less 'earthy' sound) is 'Lofi Hip Hop' to the people in this region.
And they are not wrong. Trip Hop pioneers Portishead, for example, record their material to old tape from real instruments, and then sample their recordings rather than recording their instruments directly to a track. Part of its aesthetic is its unabashed use of tape hiss, degraded audio signals and samples of 60s-70s soul/jazz crooners.
We fed our favourite trip hop tracks into our A.I and it resulted in this stunning playlist from the FMA. Enjoy.
Ysabel @ Musiio