Hong Kong Beat mobile disco puts on some 90s alternative rock for Tuesday Chill-out

The 90s were looked on at the time as a decade that you either hated or loved the different directions that music was developing in.

R&B had gone down the road into hip hop and rap, inspired in turn by social dissatisfaction and gang culture; pop and disco had evolved into europop, house music and the rave culture inspired by new age thinking and, well, drugs; while rock music had gone dark and grungy, inspired by whatever demons rested in the minds of the musicians.

In the rock World however, there was still something of a melodic vein, and sometimes more ambient chilled sound coming from the indie/garage and alternative rockers, often fusing sounds of urban music, with folk, pop and hard rock to create new, fresh sounds.

Hong Kong Beat takes a listen to some of these tunes for a 90s alt rock chill-out.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco chills with some acid jazz and rap for Tuesday Chill-out (some explicit lyrics)

Visiting Tokyo a few years back on a business trip, got talking to the owner of a beat club I was taken to by the business hosts and invited me to me play a 60 minute guest set from my laptop the next night. Found the playlist recently and thought I’d re-create the set.

Jazz… Nice.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco celebrates summer birthdays with chilled funk, jazz and soul

If, like me, you have a summer birthday, it was often a bummer when you were a kid – school’s out, friends are maybe away on holidays, ice cream melts too quickly and dribbles all over the floor…

But the one thing that makes summer birthday’s better than any those at any other time of the year is when you are at a ‘real’ party age – there are so many great tunes to party or chill-out to 🙂

So, as it’s my birthday on Tuesday Chill-out today, I offer an extended selection of some of my favourite summer chill out songs.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco sinks into some smooth acid jazz for Tuesday Chill-out

Arising out of the UK’s 80s rare groove movement, acid jazz – a fusion of rare 60s and 70s jazz and R&B tracks, revitalised by DJs with new beats, and the acid house movement of the club scene – hit prominence as music style amongst London club goers in the late 80s/early 90s, who were looking for eclectic and more chilled out, often socially conscious, dance music “with a jazz thing” that they could either groove or just chill to.

As a music genre that was often confusing to listeners, because it seemed to encompass tracks that fit more neatly into rap, hip hop, jazz, soul or funk genres, it nevertheless spread to the US and around the World, especially to places with vibrant chill-out scenes such as Japan, Brazil and across Europe, becoming a music phenomena that launched the successful careers of a number of prominent neosoul and nu jazz bands and musicians.

However, it’s reign was short and by the mid 90s had become intertwined with other music genres, though it still has a hardcore following in many places and is still the best chill-out music for any time, any place 🙂

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco chills with some alternative and indie rock

Chilling out this Tuesday with a revisit to some of the best alternative and indie rock artists and bands, so kick of your flip-flops and grab the 6-string.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco chills out with some 70s progressive rock

After the last groupie has gone home, the TV is in the swimming pool and the shower head is hanging round the Night Manager’s neck, even the hardest rockers need to chill out.

Tuesday Chill-out presents some of the 70s progressive rock – shades of blues rock, a shaker of of folk rock, chunks of space rock – that you put on the record deck when the Jack is about hallway down the bottle.

Peace out man…

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco chills out this Tuesday to the sounds of Latin jazz

Best way to enjoy a hot sunny day like today is to be sitting sipping ice cold caipirinhas on Rio’s Ipanema beach, but failing being able to do that, just close your eyes and listen to some soothing Brazilian jazz and bossa nova and let your memories (or imagination) do the rest.

Tuesday Chill-out brings (mostly) Brazilian jazz and bossa nova to the beach.