I simply couldn’t imagine my life without the relaxing hang drum music to help me focus and relax throughout the day. I’ve been enjoying this hang music for a long time now and I wanted to share some of my favorite artists and albums.
A compilation of good hang drum tracks is a great background music for your meditations or for when you just want to relax and enjoy your free time. It is also a great working fuel, as it helps you focus without getting your mind off the work you’re doing.
Best hang drum music albums 2018
Fascinated with handpan sound, I bought plenty of hang drum albums during my lifetime (maybe even too much). This collection is a home to some of the best and most popular hang drum musicians, as well as to some hidden gems.
It’s been a tough choice, but I’ve picked a list of my all-time handpan albums I think you should listen to. There are is something for everyone here, but I’m sure that you’ll make the right choice with any of these. Check out these classics and get into the beautiful world of hang drum music.
This fantastic duo gained massive with their video for the song “Once Again”, which is also the first song on this hang drum album.
In the same vein, this mellow tune introduced millions of new people to hang music.
“Beats for Your Feet” is a live album with six amazing tracks to chill to.
If you have any doubts about this hang drum album, make sure to check Hang Massive on YouTube and you won’t regret it.
Hang Playing Hedge Monkeys consists of two guys Daniel and Danny who began to perform together in 2008 in India.
Soon after they released a seven-track album called “Vesica Piscis”.
This hand album takes you on a groovy and relaxing journey, which is a sound this duo carried onto their future albums.
You will definitely enjoy this upbeat and inspiring mix from Hang Playing Hedge Monkeys.
Here’s another cool hang drum music duo called The Hang Drum Project, whose members are James and Daniel.
They began playing together just a day after they met. Such a musical chemistry gave birth to an awesome album called “Banyan”.
Banyan, recorded in 2013 in India, consists of 9 equally interesting tracks and it’s a great listen no matter how familiar with hang music you are.
I highly recommend it for yoga and relaxation.
This is another hang drum album from Hang Massive.
“As It Is” is a live release and a significant upgrade to their first album. It has 12 amazing hang tracks for your soul.
This album with a beautiful cover showcases the duo’s amazing hand playing skills.
You can even hear electronic music influences in the album as it progresses through upbeat vibe and beautifully hypnotic downtempo tracks.
James Hood’s handpan music is a real treat for every fan of ambient, electronic music and for fans of quality music in general.
His album “Ceremony”, released in 2014, made a real breakthrough in handpan music.
These 18 time-slowing tracks played on PanArt “Hang” make a peaceful and compelling experience.
You will get more than two hours of beautiful handpan music for relaxation, meditation or concentration that you will enjoy.
This is the third time we have Hang Massive on this list.
This time as a contributing artist to The Many Rivers Ensemble’s mesmerizing album “Blood Moon”.
These two talented groups got together back in 2013.
They made remarkable 8 tracks that blend hang drum music, string instruments, and even didgeridoos into a beautiful 45-minute experience.
It all started with a jam video on YouTube when these two cousins decided to start making hang drum music.
It didn’t take them long to make an hour long, an 11-track album called “Keona: Cousin’s Hang Duet”.
This duo creates a unique rhythmic and harmonic sound that’s a real treat for all listeners.
Album was recorded while they performed live in various parts of the world.
Building upon his first successful handpan music album, James Hood continued making beautiful ambient music.
He followed up with a beautiful 2-hour long release called “Pure Ceremony”.
If you couldn’t get enough of James Hood’s handpan music, this release is a must-have.
It takes you an 18-track journey through hang drum music bliss and relaxation.
How and where to pick good hang drum music albums
Although you have plenty of choices and can’t go wrong with this list, I want you to help you choose quality hang drum music for yourself. Here are a couple of tips that will be a good guideline for you in the future:
- Read reviews – You can find a lot of reviews on online shops, YouTube or review sites for all the albums that are at least a little bit popular. Go ahead and read them, you can find a lot of useful information there.
- Give the songs a pre-listen – Wherever you can give the songs a pre-listen make sure you do it, whether it is the online shop or some music platform.
- Choose reputable artists – Google artists and check them out, if they have a lot of albums (especially popular) they must be doing something right.
You can buy hang drum music in most online shops. If you use Apple products, iTunes will probably have you covered. However, Amazon is, in my opinion, a place with a much better selection of hang drum albums. You can buy it in digital form where you can even get individual tracks, on CD or on Vinyl.
I’m confident that this guide will give you a lot of options when it comes to this kind of music. I would also suggest that you also go and explore for yourself. I hope that you gained even more knowledge and interest for the beautiful hang drum music.