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> Best Downtempo Song, Album, Artist, etc., A springboard for sharing ideas of the best Downtempo out there. 
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post 24. Nov 2009, 06:13
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Downtempo is a genre beloved by all. There may be some that have no particular passionate feelings towards the genre either way, but rarely will there be a case where a person will dislike it if it's put on. Especially if you're stoned.

For this reason I'm putting it upon you all to share your candidates for the best Downtempo song, album, artist, compilation, whatever. This is simply a springboard for us to all expand our collections through the knowledge of others.

Lead by example - right - I'll start - my favorite artist would either be Quantic or Bonobo - the album I find to stand above all others is Music By Cavelight by Blockhead - I have no idea which song I would choose.

The baton has been passed, the torch lit, now it's on to you senior internete.
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post 24. Nov 2009, 06:37
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For best song, I would have to say Lionheart or First Snow by Emancipator. For album, I would give the album that both of these songs are on, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough also by Emancipator. For favorite artist, I would say Blockhead since his music is so creative.
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post 25. Nov 2009, 00:44
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music by cavelight was definitely a favorite of mine for a long time.

Journal by shipwrek takes the cake. its the perfect blend of organic sounds and rich bass.

the album is free (even FLAC), and he's releasing a book to go along with it. interesting to read what he's got to say about it on his site too.
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post 25. Nov 2009, 07:45
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mmm...i dont really know about favourite artist or song, there are so many to chose from.

but my candidate for best album (2009) would be City Lounge 4;hl=City+Lounge
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post 25. Nov 2009, 16:33
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My vote for best album goes to both Mellowdrama, by Joey Fehrenbach, and Soon it Will be Cold Enough, by Emancipator.
My favorite song is definitely Coming Clean, by The 39Steps. thumbsup.gif I can listen to this forever.
Favorite artist is probably Emancipator or All India Radio.

ps. Im going to check out Blockhead and Shipwrek. I'll let you know how they compare
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post 09. Dec 2009, 16:51
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I've been out of the loop for a while and just discovered some amazing artists on torrentech; Emancipator, Wisp, Cybo, Aether to name a few and I'm loving them all, in particular Emancipator and Cybo.

I love the chilled out, 'wintery & dark' feel of these albums, does anyone have any suggestions for any others like these?

Old time favourites for chill/triphop would be

Zero 7, Boards Of Canada, Nightmares On Wax, Lamb, Daughter Darling, Emiliana Torrini (Love in the name of science album), Air, Renaissance Mix Collection Vol 2 by Sasha & John Digweed (I know it's 1995 progressive house but CD 2 has some really chilled prog house on it and particularly trippy), Massive Attack, Craig Armstrong, Tricky, Portishead, Bent, Lemon Jelly and so on...
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post 13. Dec 2009, 19:44
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The Orb... 'nuff said.
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post 14. Dec 2009, 21:42
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rennie foster - devil's water
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I have always been a fan of Quantic if I may say so myself....
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post 13. Oct 2011, 15:30
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For me it's:

Air - Premiers SymptĂ´mes (album) and really really much La Femme d'Argent (track)
Blockhead, yeah.
Boards of Canada.
Global Communication (76:14, album)

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post 14. Oct 2011, 18:01
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Agreed, man! La Femme D'Argent is absolutely a masterpiece of the genre. Premier Symptoms is also a fucking incredible album. This was started a while ago when I didn't really know a damn thing about Downtempo, so things have evolved a little bit.

Blockhead is still amazing, Bonobo is still a lord, yet I've come to find alot of Quantic's stuff kind of uninspired.

If you can find time to look through all of his madness, Amon Tobin has some really high quality chillout songs, a great example of which would be "Day Trip". Check it out...

The Cinematic Orchestra have some incredible releases as well. Their albums "Every Day", "Man With the Movie Camera", and "Motion" are fantastic, but some of it might be a little too jazzy for some people. The track "Burnout" should sit just fine with everyone here, though...

Jazzanova's album In Between has alot of shitty songs, but a couple that melt your face: they are as follows...

Lemon Jelly is in my top three artists of the genre, and I would recommend any one of their songs/albums, as they're all fucking gold. This one especially...

Similarly, everything Four Tet touches turns to gold, so listen to any of his albums and you won't be disappointed. This song should say it all...

Luke Vibert has some really old school, but really solid chillout albums from the mid 90's, the best one (in my opinion) being Big Soup.

Finally, Ulrich Schnauss' albums Far Away Trains Passing and A Strangely Isolated Place are really solid releases.\

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