Lounge music – a lightweight, quiet, background music for relaxation and pleasure. It creates a relaxed atmosphere in fashionable restaurants, fitness clubs, boutiques and characterizes the state of mind of the modern educated person.
Lounge – a musical style that emerged from acid-jazz and combining in itself a wide range of musical styles and genres. The principal can be considered: progressive, deep-house chill-out, downtempo, nu-wave, ambient.
The main burst of lounge music was in the 1950-60 years. It was during this period the orchestras Paul Mauriat, Bert Kaempfert, Herb Alpert, Horst Jankowski and other musical ensembles have become carriers of the lounge culture. At the same time the very popular was Italian music (Italianeasy listening).
In the early 90s, the best world’s DJs transferred the Lounge ideas into electronic music (or vice versa). And in the mid-90s there was another significant event which had predicted a well-known DJ and journalist John Peel – in electronic music came the jazz musicians and enriched it by improvisation. In the late ’90s the most iconic became the series of collections of «Cafe del Mar», «Hotel Costes», «Buddha bar». In Italy, Nicola Konte managed to successfully combine acid-jazz, bossa nova and lounge. As a result – elegant series «Break n bossa».
Today, the world’s most iconic groups of lounge music are: De-Phazz, Jazzanova, Gabin, Monteffiori Coctail, Hooverphonic and others.
Having absorbed the musical tones of different countries and cities in the world, the lounge best conveys atmosphere and cozy-melancholy mood of our planet. In connection with this, many lounge-compositions include tools and features of different nations of the world.