Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Direct - Tranquility [Monstercat Release] - downtempo/ambient

The Monstercat label is a treasure of electronic music. I go to them for high energy and interesting electro beats, and every once in a while they have interesting downtempo that is closer to my DJ and blogging sweet spot. This track is an example - "Tranquility" by Direct. The song is exactly as it's titled, a tranquil treat that is almost Tron-like in it's electronic melodies. Check it out here and, if you want it in your personal collection, buy it on Bandcamp using the 2nd link below: 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Haywyre - Insight (Live Performance) [MonsterCat Release]

I shared several Haywyre tracks the other day. This live performance shows why there seems to be more depth in Haywyre's downtempo and funky dubstep - there's an actual performer performing, using more than just fingers on a cursor or drum machine. My favorite parts of this track are where Haywyre's prowess on the piano/synthesizer is the focal point. I'm no technical pianist, but I know what I like and I know when I hear something interesting, and I keep coming back to this track and now I know why. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Banshankri - Tree Of Life Festival Entry - Chillout Psychedelic Mix

Wow, this is a beautiful and mesmerizing mix. It's the perfect balance of energy that compels you to move, not quite dance, but just move however you feel like. The psychedelic nature is not of trance, like many psychedelic festival entries, rather this is something different. Downtempo for sure, but captivating and bordering on meditative (or certainly meditative if you choose). I absolutely love this mix. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Downtempo: Romare - Prison Blues

Ninja Tune is promoting "Projections" - a new album out February 9 by downtempo groove artist Romare. Based out of London (many Ninja Tune artists are), Romare squarely has my attention. His tracks are rooted in slick drumming that allows for interesting layering of downtempo grooves and even more funky danceable beats. Check out tracks from the upcoming album "Projections" here - Prison Blues (downtempo), Pusherman (experimental ambient) and Roots (funky house):

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Upside of Down: House Mix Saturday: DJ Erok - The Cut / We In Cloudz - WKND

I have eclectic tastes, but I always enjoy a good beat. I've recently been inspired and prompted to post a new house mix, something I've never really done before. I've added house and electro tracks to my mixes when they fit, but this is the first time I recorded a full house/electro mix. Take a listen, and while you're at it listen to my DJ friend Nick Mourgue and his NYC house party crew WE IN CLOUDZ. Deep, funky, house and electro for your weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

THE BLEND Mix Series - Midnight Cafe Vol. 3 - TRIP HOP MIX

Love this track selection from THE BLEND. It's a great trip hop mix for midnight jammin and drinking. If you dig trip hop, r&b, any jazzy smooth chilled hip hop you'll like this. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Joker - Midnight (Bassnectar Remix)

Bassnectar doesn't need my press, but this track is really hitting the spot right now and I have to share it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Razoof - 15 Years of Dubby Downtempo

Razoof, dub master DJ and producer, constantly selects great downtempo, dub and reggae tracks for his mixes. This mix - 15 Years of Dubby Downtempo - is exactly as the title says. It's pure dub through the years. Timeless for sure, and forever the perfect chill.

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