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Various Artists Om: Chilled

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Chill... It's in the air, everywhere, and on far too many compilations claiming to be the definitive source. San Francisco's Om has traveled down the winding road of chill with its Om Lounge series, but Om: Chilled veers down a slightly different path. It isn't all downtempo flavor, though it starts off that way with, appropriately, Headphonism's "Stay Home and Chill"; it also features poppin' broken beats (Gil Tamazyan's jazzy "Planten's Cove"), densely layered hip-hop (Joey Youngman's bangin' "Conflict Resolution"), and spooky melodies built around shuffling beats (Bassnectar's "So Butterly"). This is chill with attitude.