Downtempo Reviews

Frenic – Monomyth: Separation


It is a shame to have missed the latest from Bristol-based, trip hop producer Frenic when it was actually released, but I’m pleased to have found it, if a year late. Monomyth: Separation, as described by the artist, is the result of inspiration he had while performing in Greece. So inspired, he dug into the...+

You’ve Heard It All Before – Jazzyspoon


Many words come to mind when I try to describe Jazzyspoon’s latest release You’ve Heard It All Before. And my instinct is to stay away from all the genre words. My hesitancy comes simultaneously from my dislike of the recent genre/sub genre frenzy and my desire to write something that does this album justice. I...+

Aaron Smith

Flowertz – Kumbhaka


From the first track, Flowertz’s latest album Kumbhaka  is captivating. Glitches and nob-twiddling aplenty, stringed instruments and a host of percussions, synthesizers and foreign prayers, thumping bass lines and mind-altering moods. For lovers of psychedelic downtempo music, there is nothing lacking. What fascinates me as a fan of such music (besides the raw listening experience)...+

Condensspur – Several Miles Wide

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During Netlabelism’s foray into technical difficulties, I had ample opportunity to explore the netlabel universe. One of my prize finds is a label called Cyan Music. They are a Germany-based label that focuses on electronic, ambient, and lounge music. With at least 13 artists and 53 releases, the most recent of which came out in...+

Sickmind193 – The Story Begins (EP)


If you don’t mind a little gloom in your jazz, have I got an album for you. A Greek producer who calls himself Sickmind193 released a 6-track EP on Dusted Wax several months ago called The Story Begins. It’s downtempo, introspective, and melancholy. The formula seems straight-forward enough with its solid beats and strong bass,...+