living in a shell – earthlings [download]

Living In A Shell - Earthlings coverAfter slowly oozing into the music scene during the 90′s and peaking hard in the early 2000′s, downtempo suddenly disappeared, only leaving traces of its existence through the stripped-down version we know as lounge. The lack of interest isn’t really hard to explain: the music is instrumental and intense, the mood usually tends to be dark or melancholic and the basic tempo is too low to really dance to. Because of the mood element downtempo isn’t appreciated in social settings, which makes it seem it’s only suitable as a soundtrack for late night loners.

 

The above description might not be really inviting, but it actually points out the setting where downtempo is the preferred choice of music: intimacy. There’s no better music to put on after dimming the lights, cracking open a bottle of wine and having a nice one-on-one with someone special. It immediately sets the mood, there are no distracting lyrics and the tempo supplies a laid-back atmosphere.

 

Although it has, and always will be, one of my favorite listening genre’s, over the last year or so my collection has been gathering dust for no apparent reason. But when I put on Living In A Shell‘s 7-track album called “Earthlings” it instantly took me on a trip through all the candlelight evenings I spent after discovering the style an odd 15 years ago.

 

With the introduction out of the way, this release is 30mins of hardcore oldschool downtempo. A sluggish pace driven by thick sampled drums, a collage of thrown together jazzy samples from various sources, movie’esque vocal cuts and an overall wide and warm sound. As with most sample-based music loops are key, but as opposed to beat-tapes downtempo features a way more intricate composition and on “Earthlings” that element is followed by the letter.

 

While you’ll be downloading the free release here and biggin’ up L.I.A.S. on Twitter and Facebook, I’ll be wiping the dust off of old DJ Shadow, DJ Cam, Nightmares On Wax and Bonobo albums.

2tall, kper and dj clockwork present – a boom bap continuum [download]

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  • Nostalgia time! If you were born in the early 80′s and was a head in your teens/tweens, this’ll be trip down memory lane. Ofcourse older cats will know this for sure too, and for the young ones it’ll be like having a history class from that favorite teacher who always had all the good stories. […]

mc melodee & cookin soul – check out melodee [download]

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  • Whoop, time for some more music to get into the summer vibes. Melodee dropped a mixtape through DatPiff, putting oldschool positive hip-hop vibes in a 2012 coating. Most of the production is handled by the Spanish trio Cookin Soul, but it also features contributions by Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids), Griffi (Soló Los Solo) and […]

suff daddy – suff sells

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  • Like they say in that Stereonerds track: “Funk is what you don’t play / it’s the space between events / Funk is what you don’t say / it’s the silence you don’t feel”. If there’s one hip hop based producer who’s got that down to a T, it’s Suff Daddy.   Exactly the reason why […]

digitalfishphones – fish fillets vst [download]

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  • One thing I love about audio tools (whether they’re digital or analog) is that they’re like regular tools. Take a hammer for example: according to Wikipedia the tool as we know it was first put together around 30.000 BC. A stick with a piece of rock attached to the top. 32.012 years later there are […]

mar – seeing her naked ep [download]

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  • I don’t know what’s up with you, but over here it’s warm and cloudy. Time to put some music against that muggy weather, and Mar‘s release “Seeing Her Naked”  from about a month ago hits the spot.   This sensual collabo-beast has been around for a minute, doing tracks with the likes of Full Crate, […]

lean back #5 – promo mixes / win tickets [download]

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  • It’s almost time for the 5th edition of Lean Back! Man time goes fast, it feels like yesterday when Sands & Skidz were asked by Tivoli to do a hip hop club night. What started out as a toes-in-the-water event, to see if there’s still a place for our #1 style in the upperground of […]

kings – endless fog ep [download]

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  • Tomorrow (the 15th) Soulection will present their 10th release which, according to the press kit, should be filed under 2Step / Future Bass / Trap. It will be a 16min 5-track EP by Kings, a 21-year old from Swindon (UK), called “Endless Fog“. FOR FREE.   Anyone who did a little bit of research on […]

subp yao – smoke up, drink up [download]

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  • You’ve got to hand it to Saturate!Records: since their start they’ve churned out a string of high quality releases, and the new Subp Yao full length release “Smoke Up, Drink Up“ suits that string like soap on a rope.   S!R is effectively putting their name out there as a supplier of heavy bass and […]

solid steel 40 – david axelrod interview [download]

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  • I don’t listen to interviews much, simply because my attention span just can’t cut it.  But ever since Skidz told me to check out the Solid Steel radio show (Ninja Tune) interview with David Axelrod (2001) I went mental on it and it’s been a regular recurrence in my playlist. Whether you’re a sample-head, history […]