I know 22tracks was started by Vincent Reinders and he can do what he wants to, but I have always had a problem with his relax playlist. Mainly, the name. It sounds so pornographically utilitarian to me. “Relax” is not a musical genre, like “soul” or “rock” is. You might as well call the electro playlist “jump up and down”. Besides, I can perfectly well decide for myself what I’m going to while listening to your playlist, thank you very much. I may not be in the mood for (or have time for!) relaxing, but still want to listen to “Grassland” by Akira Kosemura, you know? In fact, I suggest you do just that, whatever your current (in)activities. The song is #nowplaying on, yes, 22tracks’ relax playlist.
There’s not a lot I can tell you about Kosemura, as both his official website and his MySpace are mostly in Japanese. But “Grassland” is the title track of his fourth solo album, he was born in 1985 and he is from Tokyo. So there’s that. I’d love to give a shout-out to the drummer on “Grassland” but I don’t know who it is. Kosemura is a pianist, but I’m not sure he is an awesome drummer as well.
There’s also this “Grassland” video by Shin Kikushi, which would be relaxing to watch if only someone were to slow it down a bit.