Monday, May 17, 2010

Down, the soundtrack for it.

I'll be honest, this week was left a lot to be desired. I'd love to bare all, but for the respect of others that would be less than appropriate. And in times like these, I have a fall back in my music. There is a certain genre that has been there for me in my time of need. Whenever I'm feeling pensive or feeling as though I need to rest my head, I listen to Downtempo. I have a large collection of it. I always have. When I was first discovering my tastes in the music world, a good friend of mine recommended that I take the time to listen to The Album Leaf. I needed this type of music before I even knew what it was called. From there I began my research. I ran across a band that made me rethink what was possible in music, Telefon Tel Aviv. I mean this in the least cheesy way possible: This band changed my life. So I decided that it would be only fair to start this mixtape with one of their tracks.


Death to Your Destroyer

Downtempo Mixtape

I'll try to explain this genre as best as I can without rambling on about it. Downtempo means a lot to me, so I have quite a bit to say about it. I'll try to keep it to a minimum.

Downtempo is pretty self explanatory. Traditionally, Downtempo keeps below about 85 BPM. It's glittery and beautiful; harmonic and relaxing; both simple and complex. Think ambient music with rythymic features and a lot more production time.

This genre will always have a very dear place in my heart, I have a lot of memories this music has invested in. I hope the same happens for you.


  1. Fahrenheit Fair Enough - Telefon Tel Aviv
  2. Nude - Three Leaves and A Head
  3. Within Dreams - The Album Leaf
  4. Satellite Anthem Icarus - Boards of Canada
  5. You're Better Off (Dntel mix) - Erin Lang
  6. There Is No There - The Books
  7. Faking the Books - Lali Puna
  8. Love Your Abuser - Lymbyc Systym
  9. Caresses - M83
  10. The City - Milosh
  11. Last Songs - Dntel
  12. Shadows (M83 Remix) - Midnight Juggernauts
  13. September Song - The Album Leaf
  14. Freedom Blade - This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc Systym
  15. The Inner Shore - Tim Hecker
  16. The Disconnect - Tycho
  17. Afterclap - 13 & God

There it is. I hope you can see and feel what I do in this genre.
Good luck this week.


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