Amidst the haul of great things I picked up on a recent trip to Japan, these four CDs, two in each set. I'm quite keen on compilations which are designed for a certain space or time, and these aim to do just that (relates vaguely to a piece I wrote five years ago on different facets around music).
First up, the Grand Gallery label, with music designed for different times of day. The selections are generally the kind of jazz-house-latin-lite that seems effortlessly popular in Japan - a beautiful sheen to it, as with the package design.
The second is a series based on rooms, here aimed at the dining room and the library (there was another room too, which I can't have been as interested in). Music here is older jazz and very good. For cool kids, clearly.
(But what happens if you play the 10:00AM CD in the dining room?)