Articles tagged downtempo

27 Apr 2015 // 2:03 AM

Portico: Living Fields

The shift from Portico Quartet to Portico wasn't an evolution; it was a dismantling, a removal of so much of the soul that once made them vital.

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Bonobo: The North Borders Tour - Live

The audio version of British producer Bonobo's latest concert video carries far less value than the DVD and fails to provide a worthwhile supplement to the studio albums.

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7 Oct 2014 // 11:30 AM

Zero 7: Simple Science EP

The return of Zero 7 with a new digital EP (or two 12” vinyls).

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Hervé: Art of Disappearing

I’ve come to know it as a grower -- a curiosity I wouldn’t dream of playing for a friend but a secret I might keep, locked within my music player.

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5 Jun 2013 // 11:01 PM

Nosaj Thing: Home

There’s no dance-floor friendly banger or loud snapping snares. It's all easy entrances and exits: guests stopping over unexpectedly to relate a sad story and then exiting quietly through the back while you're pouring the tea.

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15 Apr 2013 // 11:00 PM

DJ Sun: One Hundred

This record relaxes on your sofa and instead of asking you to grab it a beer on your way to the fridge, it offers to share those that it brought. It’s all give. It’s easy. When the hour grows late you might even ask it to stay a little longer. And when it’s time to part, you'll already be planning to do it again.

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Earthling: Insomniacs’ Ball

If trip-hop was a fake genre, it was in part because it neglected its outcasts. Earthling return to downtempo with their maverick sensibilities.

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8 Feb 2010 // 9:58 PM

InLove: Stories

Whispery sopranos have options, but exercising all of them on your debut may not be the best approach.

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Modeselektor: Body Language Vol.8

Thom Yorke's favorite German DJ duo takes us on a tour through 2009's best dubstep-influenced hits and a few other loose ends.

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29 May 2009 // 8:08 PM

If you have ever taken the time to look in a mirror on acid or shrooms, you may be able to relate to this Tosca

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28 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

Tosca: No Hassle

Next to this, Tosca's fifth record of blunted chill, Prozac looks like a double-shot espresso.

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Broadway Project: One Divided Soul

Dan Berridge's fourth LP of cinematic downtempo will grab your undivided attention.

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27 Jul 2008 // 10:57 PM

The Egg: /Forwards

The production on thus fluffy electronic release is fine, but the vocals swiftly undo their modest gains.

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Supreme Beings of Leisure: 11i

Supreme Beings of Leisure sound trapped by their genre of choice.

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22 Jan 2008 // 9:55 PM

On an album that surpasses 69 minutes, the one beautiful moment happens about 67 minutes too late.

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: Tongues

A snapshot of the duo in their full flower, having mastered each others' languages and moved past any lingering reticence.

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26 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Four Tet: Remixes

Kieran Hebden is the scavenger of the corners and the cracks. He pulls rogue elements of folk from everything rather than the genre itself. And all the pieces fit, which is what makes this album truly fascinating.

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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirits Walk

Spirit Walk is ostensibly credited to the Steve Reid Ensemble, but the disc serves a far more important role as a companion piece to Reid and Hebden's recent collaborations.

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27 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Four Tet: DJ Kicks

Insomuch as Kieran Hebden's sound is unassailably unique, his DJ Kicks is also a rather indescribable experience.

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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 2

Who knew that free jazz's funkiest drumming and electronic music's warmest, most organic sounds were twins separated at birth?

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