A Positive YouTube Trend: ‘Lofi Hip Hop Radio to Relax/Study to’ #MusicMonday
If you’re looking for something chill to put on in the background while you study try searching for ‘Lofi Hip Hop Radio to Relax/Study to.’ You will find a ton of channels for this mellow trending category.
A very particular, very millennial breed of simmering downtempo pours through your laptop speakers; muffled drum machine pitter, a few lazy nocturnal synth beams, perhaps an entranced, elliptical vocal sample sourced from self-help tapes, ancient cartoons, Nintendo 64 games, or public-access flotsam. These ingredients are simple and remarkably consistent, and they add up into a new incarnation of internet radio called “lo-fi hip-hop,” or “chillhop,” or more pointedly, “lo-fi hip-hop radio for studying, relaxing, and gaming.”
On paper, the craft here isn’t much different from someone throwing on an expertly curated playlist at a party. The streams don’t require someone to be behind the boards at all times, unlike the constant monitoring demanded by any FCC-ordained FM station, but the music rotation is constantly updated with new, handpicked tunes—a stark contrast from the algorithmic mandates handed down by Spotify or Apple Music.
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