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Out Today - Supa Crucial Downtempo Remixes & Rarities

Out Today – Supa Crucial Downtempo Remixes & Rarities

This slice of dopeness featuring Mystic (new album? please?) is just one of the gems featured on a new collection from The Angel and Supa Crucial Recordings. Supa Crucial Downtempo Remixes & Rarities displays The Angel’s versatility and comfort with genres from dubby downtempo to gritty underground hip-hop.The collection features collaborations with Divine Styler, Tre...
GB - Birthmark Between Eyebrows

GB – Birthmark Between Eyebrows

Producer GB recently made available an album he completed in 2006, but was never released. Birthmark Between Eyebrows is available for free, no less! Download it here and get ready for some experimental, metaphyscial beats n’ soundscapes. tracks 01. a seed 02. sprouting of the seed 03. photosynthesis (water + sunlight + soil + soul)...
Go Buy Lisa Shaw - Free

Go Buy Lisa Shaw – Free

Thanks to the lovely EMusic I recently grabbed Lisa Shaw’s brand new album “Free” and I’m pretty much in love with it. It’s full of the soulful downtempo-y, housey goodness you would expect. Lisa Shaw does this better than anyone else so grab this album for a wonderful end-to-end listen. She has just released a...
No Sense - Beattape:Don't Explain - Download

No Sense – Beattape:Don’t Explain – Download

So let me get you up to speed on this No Sense dude: he’s from the Netherlands and he makes dope instrumental tracks that are hip-hop based, but also kinda downtempo-y, melancholy at times, and very atmospheric. OK now you know as much about him as I do. Oh yea, and he has a nice...

Little Dragon – After The Rain (Floating Points Remix)

As I wait patiently for a new Little Dragon album, I’ll basically take what I can get in the meantime. Garth Trinidad just threw us this none-too-shabby bone – a badass remix of “After The Rain” by Floating Points. Floating Points has got dopeness a-plenty goin’ on for himself – http://www.myspace.com/floatingpoints Listen to “After The...
GB Interprets His Contemporaries

GB Interprets His Contemporaries

Credit to Illmami @ Soulbounce for posting this. I was huge fan of GB’s Soundtrack For Sunrise album waaay back in 2004 but hadn’t heard much from GB since. Not sure if that’s because he wasn’t up to much, or I just wasn’t up on it. Either way I was excited to see that this...
Boozoo Bajou - Grains - Downloads

Boozoo Bajou – Grains – Downloads

The production team of Boozoo Bajou have always been known for their eclectic, artistic take on downtempo electronica. Their new album Grains, out now on !K7, throws the net even wider than usual, encompassing elements of acoustic folk and classic songwriting, creating a timeless sound. Here’s some free goodies to get you in the mood....
Strictly Social Mix Vol 4 - DJ Myxzlplix

Strictly Social Mix Vol 4 – DJ Myxzlplix

Those Strictly Social fellas just don’t stop bringing the soulful heat! Volume 4 in the Strictly Social mix series has arrived courtesy of one of the resident DJs – Myxzlplix. And this guy doesn’t just blend and splice the beats with style – he’s nice with the pixels too. He’s responsible for all the fly...
New Album From Tosca - No Hassle

New Album From Tosca – No Hassle

When I was first getting into electronic music, and downtempo in particular, Tosca was definitely one of my ‘gateway drugs’. The production duo of Richard Dorfmeister (1/2 of legendary electronic duo Kruder & Dorfmeister) and Rupert Huber have released some of the best downtempo there is – eclectic, accomplished and just generally wonderful. Five albums...
Tax Cut - Modern Sleeping f. Luz Mob

Tax Cut – Modern Sleeping f. Luz Mob

I’m just discovering this rather old track and album for the first time. Modern Sleeping is the brainchild of one Cousin Jacob, whose real identity I shall not reveal, but suffice to say I’m mad at him for not sharing this with me sooner. Ha. Anyways, this particular track “Tax Cut” features the eclectic-ly chilled...
Victor Bermon "Arriving At Night" (Hefty Records)

Victor Bermon "Arriving At Night" (Hefty Records)

If anyone knows soulful, glitchy, melodic downtempo, its Hefty. Home of Eliot Lipp and Telefon Tel Aviv, their most recent release comes from Victor Bermon. Arriving At Night is quite beautiful and simultaneously confounding to describe. With beats that at times manage to reference both sparse “post-techno” as well as jazzy gems unearthed in dusty...

Players Association

Just discovered a new site, well new to me, for listening to DJ mixes: The Players AssociationDJs can create a proile and upload their mixes, and users can listen and rate the mixes. Another cool feature is their mini-player which you can embed on any site. You’ll find mixes from Eleonora (of underground-soul.com), Saru, Chicken...