Downtempo Essentials

Downtempo Essentials

Downtempo emerged in the ‘90s as the relaxed yin to house music’s hyper yang, and its moody, mellow electronic sound went on to rule the chillout room and help clubbers transition back to normality with a touch of class. Its sound sits at the intersection of a number of genres and brings laidback acts from all around the globe together. Portishead and Massive Attack are mainstays of Bristolian trip-hop cool; Air and St Germain bring Gallic sophistication from the peripheries of French Touch; and both New York’s Moby and Norway’s Röyksopp are masters of ambient mood music.

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