DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine: Downtempo Edition
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
While there aren’t any strict definitions as to what constitutes downtempo, it’s generally known as slower, ambient-driven electronic music. This week features an assortment of downtempo productions with two impeccable originals from Andrew Bayer, a rework of “Move For Me,” X3SR’s remix of “Breathe,” and an original from Kastle.
If you missed any of last week’s lighter selections, check out Mat Zo’s blissful remix of “Alive,” Jonas Rathman’s forthcoming remix of “Another Love, “ and Moon Boots’ new original “Love Strong.” For Sunday mornings, it doesn’t get much better than lush synth pads over an absorbing, sub-100 bpm broken beat. Click past the break for five downtempo tracks.
Andrew Bayer makes beautiful, beautiful music. We’re still recovering from the mesmerizing composition that was If It Were You, We’d Never Leave. While we could easily post his entire album and offer it as SMM for the next month, for the sake of brevity, here are two of my personal favorites.
“Need Your Love” teeters on a dreamy, soporific edge, but has just enough percussion to inspire some effortless head bopping.
In a similar vein, “You Are” makes use of a deft broken beat to channel polished and serene glitch hop vibes.
Back in 2008, Deadmau5 and Kaskade collaborated on a timeless progressive piece entitled “Move For Me.” Five years later, Ficci has transformed the famous production into an enchanting downtempo bass track.
X3SR’s remix of “Breathe” may not boast a broken beat, but its airy atmosphere and soft kick drums definitely constitute a “downtempo” sound.
From garage to 2-step to trip hop, Kastle’s debut album had a bit of everything. “Stay Close” is easily one of its most compelling downtempo productions.