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- Downtempo/Lounge
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- (Deep) House
- Instrumental Hiphop
- Smooth Drum n Bass
- Techno
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submitted Succa V. - WuWei. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Fabrice Lig Presents Soul Designer - Walking On A Little Cloud. over 3 years ago
Walking On A Little Cloud by Fabrice Lig's alias Soul Designer really was a breath of fresh air for me. The main reason I tried this album was the simple but beautiful artwork and it turned out to be highly reflective of the album's musical contents. The ... See full review
posted a review of Pink Satellite - E-Closer. over 4 years ago
Pink Satellite's E-Closer was an album I was seeking out for a very long time, but it was worth the trouble. The tracks offered here are outstanding amalgamations of jazzy textures and excellent electronic production. "Jupiter's Walkers" starts the album ... See full review
posted a review of Five Seasons - Feel Alive. over 4 years ago
Daniel Voss brings us a nice short EP with Feel Alive under his Five Seasons guise. He sounds even better here than on his regular albums. Also, the shorter duration makes a listening session more manageable. Some standout tracks of the relatively new ... See full review
posted a review of Astoria - The Jazz Incident EP. over 4 years ago
On this EP, by the - for me - totally unknown Astoria, four jazzy tracks are offered. Side B is more uptempo compared to the A side and has a more dense production. Therefore, "Clear" may be somewhat chaotic, but never too much to prevent you from ... See full review
posted a review of Daft Punk - Homework. over 4 years ago
Daft Punk’s Homework is probably one of the most cited electronic record from the French country, be it not by unbiased listeners. The good thing is that, in its linear approach to dance music, the tracks are quite versatile. It goes from the straight ... See full review
posted a review of Nightmares On Wax - A Word Of Science (The 1st & Final Chapter). over 4 years ago
Mind you, Nightmares On Wax first offering is quite different than later releases. The tracks are rawer and more robotic, although you wouldn't say so listening to the excellent opening theme "Nights Interlude". Directly afterwards we get "A Case Of ... See full review
posted a review of Gare Du Nord - Kind Of Cool. over 5 years ago
One year after their - quite surprisingly - successful first album, Gare du Nord serves another cocktail of their jazzy easy listening formula. Opening with "Kind Of Cool 1", a lightly groovy rhode-shuffler with smart and catchy muted trumpets and a ... See full review
posted a review of Gare Du Nord - Kind Of Cool. over 5 years ago
One year after their - quite surprisingly - successful first album, Gare du Nord serves another cocktail of their jazzy easy listening formula. Opening with "Kind Of Cool 1", a lightly groovy rhode-shuffler with smart and catchy muted trumpets and a ... See full review
posted a review of Laurent Garnier - Coloured City. over 5 years ago
Laurent Garnier brings us some exclusives with Coloured City. The title track starts with stuttering drums and after one minute a fantastic bassline bumps in. The build-up here is excellent, but after the beats have kicked back in the track decays into ... See full review
posted a review of Perquisite - Outta Nowhere EP. over 5 years ago
Before Perquisite hit it big, he released a pair of EPs on which he merges hiphop beats with jazzy textures. The first one, Outta Nowhere, is actually his best effort to date, clearly exemplified by the midtempo "I'm Walking". Benjamin Herman offers some ... See full review
posted a review of Osunlade - Yoruba Records (El Primer Ano). over 5 years ago
Osunlade's deep house on El Primer Ano is worth a giving try if you like some jazz and light tribal thrown in the mix. "Native Tongue" has a good groove, but is a bit too linear. A better example is "The Way", adding some fine keys to an easy rhythm. ... See full review
posted a review of Gare Du Nord - In Search Of Excellounge. over 5 years ago
On their debut, In Search of Excellounge, Ferdi Lancee and Barend Fransen slip elegantly through several easy listening styles as Gare du Nord. The focus lays mainly on jazz and downtempo, but the majority of the tracks have some good ways to distinguish ... See full review
posted a review of Moca (3) - Wroooooooooam. over 5 years ago
Almost out of nowhere, Moca pops up with a beast of an album. The group borrows ingredients from a lot of styles to serve a tasteful cocktail. Jazz, funk, house, downtempo, drum n bass, you name them. Yet, they aren't really categorizable in any of them, ... See full review
posted a review of Fila Brazillia - Old Codes New Chaos. over 5 years ago
Fila Brazillia's Old Codes New Chaos marks the start of an mighty impressive range of albums by Cobby and McSherry. There are some milestones here already, like the mellow and elegant house on "Mermaids". "Brazilification" hits the groove with a lighter ... See full review
posted a review of Kevin Yost - Unprotected Sax EP. over 5 years ago
Kevin Yost's first release brings us just the jazzy house he's known for. "Natural High" lays down a driving beat and incorporates some fine saxophone work by Preston West. "It's Getting Bigger" uses the same formula, but is a little more straightforward ... See full review
posted a review of Laurent Garnier - 30. over 5 years ago
Laurent Garnier takes a more wider approach on his second album, resulting in a diverse array of tracks. "Deep Sea Diving" starts the record with some gentle ambient that reflects the title perfectly. "The Hoe" goes for minimal house, while "I Funk Up" ... See full review
posted a review of Baby Mammoth - One...Two...Freak. over 5 years ago
Although they have delivered two excellent albums on the respected Pork Recordings, Baby Mammoth really get going on the appropriately titled One...Two...Freak. The warmth of the outstanding ambient opener "Out of Kilter" defines the album in a good way, ... See full review
posted a review of Gelka - Less Is More. over 5 years ago
Although this is just the first album of the duo behind Gelka, they really sound like veterans of the downtempo genre. And that's actually true, considering they have contributed songs to numerous compilations since 2003. With the starting track, "So ... See full review
posted a review of Grand Tourism - Le Surboomer. over 5 years ago
As evidenced by others like St. Germain and Shazz, the French have proven to have the most skillful ability to mix house and downtempo with jazzy flavours. Well, Grand Tourism is another example, but don't make the mistake that they are predictable. The ... See full review
posted a review of Laurent Garnier - Shot In The Dark. over 5 years ago
Laurent Garnier's first album on his own F Communications, Shot in the Dark, is chock full of straight-up techno. Too bad it doesn't start well. "Shapes Under Water" is pointlessly aggressive and doesn't leave any impression. "Astral Dreams" is even ... See full review
posted a review of Baby Mammoth - Bridging Two Worlds. over 5 years ago
Baby Mammoth continue their contribution to the downtempo scene with Bridging Two Worlds. The duo picks up the pace somewhat on this album, as evidenced by the drum'n'bass-lite style of "Applegate". However, the melodic quality - a trademark of the group ... See full review
posted a review of The Jazz Steppers - Get Up!. over 5 years ago
The Jazz Steppers are Dean Mark, Klay Dumas-Copas and Pat Leacock, all being veterans in the jazz world. On their debut, Get Up!, they succesfully mix some fine jazz with electronic elements and programmed beats. The sax on the title track is ... See full review
posted a review of Aqua Bassino - Deeper. over 5 years ago
Aqua Bassino delves Deeper in warm deep house territory. "Milano Bossa" is a smooth groove sparkling some fine piano lines atop. "Aqua" may start off somewhat aggressively, but quickly returns to a fine xylophone and piano-based groove. The heartfelt "Na ... See full review
posted a review of Atjazz - Story. over 5 years ago
The first release of Atjazz brings us some easy beats and nice undertones. "Story" starts with two mixes of the title track, of which the first is very mellow. Clyde's remix brings down the tempo even more, but adds a somewhat heavier drums. The addition ... See full review
posted a review of Baby Mammoth - 10,000 Years Beneath The Street. over 5 years ago
Baby Mammoth joins the Pork team with their debut 10,000 Years Beneath The Street and it's no surprise that all tracks are excellent to relax to. The production is not optimal yet, but is compensated by the thought-out basslines, such as on "Oh ... See full review
posted a review of Jazz Juice (3) - 52nd Street. over 5 years ago
The formation Jazz Juice, a collaboration between DJ Graham B and Alain Eskinasi, delivers bright and energetic nu jazz on 52nd Street. The positive vibe is immediately noticeable on "Too Horny", which features a lot of horn samples to evoke bossa nova ... See full review
posted a review of LTJ Xperience* - When The Rain Begins To Fall. over 5 years ago
The LTJ X-Perience continues with When The Rain Begins To Fall, mixing jazz and several forms of deep house and downtempo. The production and structure of the tracks are even better this time around. "Empty Streets" is an immediate highlight, because of ... See full review
posted a review of Monte La Rue - Interludia. over 5 years ago
In Europe, lounge music became very popular at the end of the 90s. Many artists tried to benefit from this and all recorded their own easy listening albums, often with excellent, but sometimes with mediocre results. With the years, the hype vanished and ... See full review
posted a review of Roomnoise Project - Sluggish. over 5 years ago
Sometimes you accidentaly stumble upon releases of which you would never think they are exceptionally good. Sluggish by the Roomnoise Project is a good example. When other trance artists - not my genre anyway - try to focus on ambient inspired output for ... See full review
posted a review of Dolphin Boy - Gateaux Youth. over 5 years ago
Andy Levy aka Dolphin Boy delivers great Scottish-flavoured downtempo on Gateaux Youth, kicking off amazingly with the loungey and smooth "Shake it Loose" which twists from extremely relaxing rhodes to a swinging groove, sampling Peggy Lee's 'Fever'. ... See full review
posted a review of LTJ X-Perience - Moon Beat. over 5 years ago
With his debut album, Moon Beat, the LTJ X-Perience project of Luca Trevisi finds itself in jazz and deep house territory surrounded by a funky athmosphere. Although that's not entirely clear from the repetitive but darn catchy opener "Keep on Groovin' ... See full review
posted a review of Kruder & Dorfmeister - G-Stoned. over 5 years ago
On their G-Stoned debut, Kruder & Dorfmeister show that they are one of the early pioneers of tasteful downtempo. Even though there are only four tracks, they will definitely chill you down, like the slow-groovey "Deep Shit". Starting off with a short ... See full review
posted a review of David Grumel - Beaurivage. over 6 years ago
David Grumel is probably most well-known for his groovy "D'jazz Tribute" on Saint-Germain-des-Prés-Café 2. On his debut album, Beaurivage, he manages to combine that nujazz with downtempo and poppy songs, with some breathtaking results. The charmingly ... See full review
posted a review of Aqua Bassino - Swirl EP. over 6 years ago
With the Swirl EP, the Scottish Jason Robertson starts his impressive array of deep house releases with his unmistakable Aqua Bassino flavour. The driving "Take me There" provides excellent melodic head-nodding house, while "That Time" adds some subtle ... See full review
posted a review of Koop.* - Waltz For Koop. Alternative Takes.. over 6 years ago
After the excellent Waltz for Koop, the talented duo comes up with Alternative Takes. D'Malicious mix of "Baby" immediately sets a positive tone with its smart rhythm and catchy guitar melody. The vocals are well integrated here, in sharp constrast to ... See full review
posted a review of Laurent Garnier - Stronger By Design EP. over 6 years ago
Stronger by Design starts off impressively with the New Age mix of "The Dream", being one of the highlights of Garnier's early career. Gentle beats and nice synths provide a excellent basis for the keyboard melody kicking in halfway through, which ends ... See full review