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Banks - Warm Water (Beat Ventriloquists Remix)

Banks – Warm Water (Beat Ventriloquists Remix)

Banks is one of new breed of edgy artists (see also Jessy Lanza for example) that Paper Magazine suggests are leading a new movement in R&B. “Warm Water” is probably her only track that could be mistaken for R&B and it’s unique in that it’s definitely one of her more, shall we say, chipper, tracks. A...
Anthony Valadez - Just Visiting (soul, downtempo)

Anthony Valadez – Just Visiting (soul, downtempo)

Anthony Valadez should be no stranger to readers of this blog, or any Los Angelenos out there. He’s a DJ, producer and all around tastemaker. Just Visiting is his most recent album and a really beautiful piece of work inspired by his late night / early morning experiences in Los Angeles. Tapping into his vast...
Jazzy Downtempo from Sinitus Tempo

Jazzy Downtempo from Sinitus Tempo

Lord knows where or how I discovered this gem, but I was digging through my notes of  ‘things to post on ye olde bloge’ and came upon this bookmark. Sinitus Tempo makes jazzy, downtempo beats with a hip-hop flavor. Peaceland is just one of several releases you’ll find on the Bandcamp page, all of a similar...
Mr Fogg - A Little Letting Go (Maribou State Remix) - Downtempo Electronic

Mr Fogg – A Little Letting Go (Maribou State Remix) – Downtempo Electronic

This is a really nice remix by Maribou State, of a new song from Mr. Fogg. After checking out more of each artist’s music on SoundCloud, I have to say I think this collaboration highlights the best in both. The official blurb about the forthcoming release: Mr Fogg provides a second taste of what is...
Moody Jazz Hip-Hop Beats From Maehlib

Moody Jazz Hip-Hop Beats From Maehlib

I get a lot of emails through this blog from a lot of artists trying to get attention for their little piece of the internet. I try and listen to what I can. Very generally speaking, most of it is mediocre at best. Few make the cut onto these hallowed digital pages ;) However, it’s...
Tokimonsta - Little Pleasures ft. Gavin Turek

Tokimonsta – Little Pleasures ft. Gavin Turek

Heard this track on Raul Campos’ show on KCRW last night and immediately had to hunt it down. This is probably one of Tokimonsta’s best yet – a totally addictive & melodic downtempo soundscape perfectly complemented by the delicate vocals of Gavin Turek. As HomeWorkOnTheFire points out, the catchy, soulful nature of this track really...

Bibio – Mind Bokeh – Album Sampler

Typically I might be wary of any band described as “pop pastoralist” (Pitchfork’s words), but this sampler actually sounds kinda nice. I’ll be looking for this one on emusic in March. Pitchfork says: Mind Bokeh, the new album from the electronic pop pastoralist and Boards of Canada disciple Bibio, arrives March 29 in the U.S. and...
Ancient Astronauts - Mixtape Download

Ancient Astronauts – Mixtape Download

The production duo of Ancient Astronauts are getting ready to release an artist album on ESL, June 9th – We Are To Answer. They have previously remixed the likes of Up Bustle & Out, Ladybug Mecca of Digiable Planets, Zion I, and Dr. Rubberfunk, and show off their musical pedigree with this excellent freebie mix...