seeking your favorite chill, instrumental-only beat based electronica
May 3, 2018 2:41 PM   Subscribe

like the title says. I am fully aware of streaming and search tools of course. - More on the insides. : )

I listen to somafm a lot, especially Space Station Soma and some Groove Salad, and this other MeFi post re: Mood Music for work was useful. But am still looking for your fave chill *instrumental-only* electronica artists that still have some beats in 'em. I've used Amazon to find "other artists like what you are looking at", as well as the Prime music service, but I do not use Spotify.

I've listened to some downtempo-y stuff like Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, Bonobo, Boards of Canada in the past - but! - a lot of that has vocal stuff in there which I don't seem to want these days. So, no words or vox please.

Fire away with your faves, MeFi chillaxer worker creative study zonin' bees. Gracias.
posted by bitterkitten to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Several good ones on this Weekend in Paris album. I like the Camiel track a lot.
posted by Clustercuss at 2:56 PM on May 3, 2018

Maybe too chill, but Kompakt's Pop Ambient collections are great for working.

Looking at a playlist I made a while back, it has Teebs, Mouse on Mars (Autoditacker), Clams Casino, and Tycho (essentially if Campfire Headphase was a band, haha) among others.

Monolake's first couple of albums, if you like dubtech-y stuff.

I realize a single track is of limited utility but Leon Vynehall's "Midnight on Rainbow Road" (beatless or with beats) is a modern classic of ambient house, lol.
posted by en forme de poire at 3:12 PM on May 3, 2018

My all-time favourite from this genre is Pop Loops for Breakfast by B. Fleischmann. The only vocals are very heavily distorted in the bonus track right at the end of the CD version (fuzzed-out cover of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia).
posted by rd45 at 3:47 PM on May 3, 2018

Is instrumental hip hop ‘electronic’ enough for you? It’s all made with extensive use of sequencers and samplers and digital audio workstations... part of why ‘electronic’ is not a very good descriptor, but I digress.

Check out :
And many other related artists that are part of the instrumental/electronic hip hop beat movement.
posted by SaltySalticid at 4:25 PM on May 3, 2018 [2 favorites]

Best answer: I can't guarantee it won't ever have any vocals, but the Chillhop youtube channel is worth checking out. They are currently doing a 24/7 stream.
posted by juv3nal at 4:33 PM on May 3, 2018 [3 favorites]

Moby's album "Ambient" is a masterwork of the genre. It may sound a little dated today, but I have listened to it, in its entirety, hundreds of times over the past few decades. I highly recommend it.
posted by zyxwvut at 4:42 PM on May 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

try Chill Radio
posted by mrmarley at 4:49 PM on May 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

posted by eirias at 6:21 PM on May 3, 2018

Ki-Oku by DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo is superb downtempo jazzy electronica.
posted by conrad53 at 6:42 PM on May 3, 2018 [2 favorites]

animals on wheels "nuvol i cadira" is the best album on ninja tune that no one ever remembers.
posted by noloveforned at 6:42 PM on May 3, 2018

Seconding Ki-Oku!
posted by en forme de poire at 7:22 PM on May 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Oh yeah, links! Links would help:

Mouse on Mars
Clams Casino
Leon Vynehall
Pop Ambient
posted by en forme de poire at 7:29 PM on May 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

Early Aphex Twin is great for this, specifically Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
Also maybe Sven Vath? It's more uptempo (and deeply '90s!) but back in the day Accident in Paradise was a go-to for my busy zoning.
posted by freya_lamb at 3:12 AM on May 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks y'all!
posted by bitterkitten at 7:18 AM on May 4, 2018

Best answer: I'm partial to the free standalone, ~60 minute+ mixes, found at

I can't speak for all 50 options, but most are real light on vocals.
posted by enfa at 10:16 AM on May 7, 2018

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