Launchpad: 15 downtempo and trip hop inspired tracks to hear now
Posted on 12 October 2016
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In the 20 years since Sneaker Pimps’ Becoming X became an instant classic, trip hop has morphed to include more recent influences. At its best the downtempo genre still involves a dreamy mix of elements from hip hop, jazz, acid house, and electronica, but tinny trap snares and future bass synth saws have begun to permeate its releases as well. The tracks in this roundup highlight the versatility of the genre’s sound alongside a handful of downtempo tracks that complement it.
Highlights: This week’s list begins with Goldielocks’ excellent ambient infused track “Liquify”. The track builds on a spare soundscape with subtle hip hop influences and a wiry lead synth. Next up: Totemo’s “Dreamit (Zammuto Remix).” The dreamy, atmospheric track embodies the best of the genre with a chill, echoing vocal and nuanced beat.
Akello G Light’s “Daily Magic” is a chilled out, downtempo hip hop track while Shashe’s dreamy “Beloved” is an updated take on the subtle sensuality of R&B diva Sade. Closing out the list is Aqui with “Ghost of the Road”, making its digital premiere. The genre bending track reads like a moody midnight drive and her pristine vocal evokes a mysterious melancholy.
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