Hello and welcome to a relaxing journey through the world of downtempo electronica. Whether you're cramming for an exam or just looking to unwind after a long day, this genre is the perfect companion for your work, study, or chill-out sessions.
For some of the newbies, you may be wondering, what exactly is downtempo electronica?
During the early 1990s, electronic dance music was achieving dominance in the club and festival scenes. A new sub-genre emerged that was all about slowing things down. Inspired by the chill-out rooms at raves, where tired dancers could relax and recharge, downtempo electronica was born.
Combining elements of ambient, trip-hop, jazz, and other genres, this music is all about creating a relaxed and introspective mood.
Downtempo electronica is such a great genre to chill and work to. Here are 10 essential albums that I think you'll love:
Massive Attack - "Mezzanine" (1998)
A classic trip-hop album with a dark and moody atmosphere.
Portishead - "Dummy" (1994):
Another trip-hop gem, featuring haunting vocals and innovative production.
Boards of Canada - "Music Has the Right to Children" (1998)
A beautiful blend of ambient and IDM with nostalgic vibes.
Thievery Corporation - "The Richest Man in Babylon" (2002):
A mix of downtempo, dub, and world music influences from the absolute masters of trip-hop and downtempo.
Bonobo - "Black Sands" (2010):
A lush and organic masterpiece of an album with a mix of electronic and acoustic elements.
Tycho - "Dive" (2011)
Dreamy, atmospheric soundscapes perfect for studying or working. Tycho is one of my favorite bands, full stop.
Air - "Moon Safari" (1998)
A French electronic duo known for their chill, spacey vibes.
Zero 7 - "Simple Things" (2001):
A smooth and soulful downtempo album with a touch of jazz.
Röyksopp - "Melody A.M." (2001):
A blend of downtempo, ambient, and house music with catchy melodies.
Emancipator - "Soon It Will Be Cold Enough" (2006)
A beautiful mix of electronic beats, organic instruments, and soothing melodies.
I hope you enjoy these albums, and that they help you get in the zone while studying or working! 🎶✌️