Category Archives: Downtempoo

PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNRISE.

PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNRISE. By far, one of the best compilations of 2012 was Leng Records’ Psychemagik Presents Magic Circles. Released in October 2012, it’s best described as a compelling and captivating collection of music. Not only that, but it brought new meaning to the word eclectic. Fusing cosmic disco, Balearica, psychedelic funk, ambient, soul, …

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BENNY TONES-CHRYSALIS REMIXES.

BENNY TONES-CHRYSALIS REMIXES. Since Benny Tones released his debut album Chrysalis, on BBE Music back in April 2011, Benny has headed off on his travels. Benny’s globetrotting adventures have seen circumnavigate the globe several times. During his adventures, Benny has often worked with, and acted as engineer for his fellow countrymen Electric Wire Hustle. He’s …

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AUNTIE AUBREY’S EXCURSIONS BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY PART 2-THE ORB REMIX PROJECT.

AUNTIE AUBREY’S EXCURSIONS BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY PART 2-THE ORB REMIX PROJECT. Sometimes, unless you dig deep, trawling the internet to discover what albums are about to be released, albums can pass you by. The reason for this is quite simple, purely because they’re released without fanfare, or much in the way of promotion. …

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MATHIAS STUBO-MATHIAS STUBO.

MATHIAS STUBO-MATHIAS STUBO. During the first few months of 2012, BBE  Music have been on a roll, releasing a mixture of compilations and artists albums, which have included some great releases. Among the compilations, there’s been the release of Al Kent’s five disc disco Magnus Opus The Best of Disco Demands, Henry Street Records’ founder …

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OM CHILLED.

OM CHILLED. Previously, I’ve written features about both OM Records and chill-out music. In my feature on OM Records, looking at some of the label’s best releases. In that article, I mentioned how OM were famous for releasing chilled out, laid back and mellow music, with compilations like OM Lounge and Mushroom Jazz, which I’ve …

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MUSHROOM JAZZ VOLUMES 1-6 THE OM RECORDS’ YEARS.

MUSHROOM JAZZ VOLUMES 1-6 THE OM RECORDS’ YEARS. In an article I wrote a few months ago, I featured one of my favorite record labels OM  Records, which over the years, has released a huge amount of great albums since the label was founded in 1995. Since I wrote that article, I’ve been planning to …

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KRAFTWERK-TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS.

KRAFTWERK-TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS. In the history of electronic music, one of the most important and influential, groups are Kraftwerk. From their formative years, and their eponymous debut album Kraftwerk, released in 1970, they’ve constantly reinvented their music, using the latest technology. In the early years, they were one of first groups to realize the potential of …

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FRAGILE STATE-VOICES FROM THE DUSTBOWL.

FRAGILE STATE-VOICES FROM THE DUSTBOWL. Live everything else, music is dictated by fashion and trends. What’s fashionable or “trendy” today, could be out of fashion next week or next month. Sometimes, genres of music stay in fashion for a while, others disappear quickly. A few years ago, one of the most fashionable and popular genres …

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TALK TALK-SPIRIT OF EDEN.

TALK TALK-SPIRIT OF EDEN. Sometimes, an artist or group’s music changes and matures over the course of their career. This is certainly the case for the band this article is about. In their early years, their music was similar to many of the New Romantic groups popular back then. Their first two albums were very …

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PORTISHEAD-PORTISHEAD.

PORTISHEAD-PORTISHEAD. Recently, I’ve been writing about several different styles of music, rock, soul, reggae, dub and indie rock. Today, I’ve decided to return to a style of music I’ve about before, trip hop. Previously, I’ve written about Leftfield, Massive Attack and the group this article is about, Portishead. In my last article about Portishead, I …

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COCTEAU TWINS-FOUR-CALENDAR CAFE.

COCTEAU TWINS-FOUR-CALENDAR CAFE. Since I started writing this blog, I’ve written about many Scottish bands. These have included Blue Nile, Primal Scream, The Bathers, Fortuny, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, Love and Money and the band I’m going to write about today, the Cocteau Twins. I’ve previously written two articles about the Cocteau Twins, on …

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THE ORB-U.F. ORB.

THE ORB-U.F. ORB. In a previous article, I wrote about The Orb’s debut album The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. That album proved to be one of the most influential of the decade. It was a brilliant album, one of the best debut albums you’ll ever hear. What many people wondered, was how would The …

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NIGHTMARES ON WAX-CAR BOOT SOUL.

NIGHTMARES ON WAX-CAR BOOT SOUL. Have you ever thought after buying an album you know absolutely nothing about, just why you bought it? I have, many times. One of the explanations I’ve come up with, is the album cover. Imagine the scene, your in your local record store, you need your weekly fix of music, …

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HAROLD BUDD, SIMON RAYMONDE, ROBIN GUTHRIE AND ELIZABETH FRASER- THE MOON AND THE MELODIES.

HAROLD BUDD, SIMON RAYMONDE, ROBIN GUTHRIE AND ELIZABETH FRASER- THE MOON AND THE MELODIES. Previously, I’ve written two articles on the Cocteau Twins, one of my favorite groups. When the group split up, the various members of the band went their own ways, and started working on different projects. The member of the band that …

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TALK TALK-THE COLOUR OF SPRING.

TALK TALK-THE COLOUR OF SPRING. The album this article is about came out in 1986. This period was hardly a vintage time for music in the UK. Much of the music was throwaway pop music, music which was instantly forgettable. Granted there were some great bands from the UK, some that spring to mind, are …

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AIR-MOON SAFARI.

AIR-MOON SAFARI. I spend much of my time listening to music. It seems that sometimes, there aren’t enough hours in the day to hear every album I want to listen to. As a result, sometimes I don’t get a chance to listen to albums I bought years ago. So last week, I thought I’d make …

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LEFTFIELD-LEFTISM.

LEFTFIELD-LEFTISM. In previous articles, I have often written about artists who have been pioneers, who have either produced a groundbreaking album that has had huge affect on music, artists who are pioneers and innovators, leaders not followers. This article will feature another group who are pioneers, and have been credited with being one of the …

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FUG-READY FOR US.

FUG-READY FOR US. Recently I wrote an article on Block 16, who had recorded their Morning Sun album on Nuphonic, a sadly lamented label, that for an eight year period, released some wonderful music. After writing that article, I was looking through some of my old albums and chanced upon another album released on Nuphonic, …

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COCTEAU TWINS-MILK AND KISSES.

COCTEAU TWINS-MILK AND KISSES. The album that this article is about, is the final album by one of the best bands to come out of Scotland in the last thirty years. They were a hugely influential band, who were innovative and pioneering, and in turn, have influenced a new generation of musicians. During their career, …

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BLOCK 16-MORNING SUN.

BLOCK 16-MORNING SUN. In this article I am going to write about an album that came out ten years ago, on a small record label that, back then, was releasing many great albums and twelve inch singles. Quickly, Nuphonic Records established a reputation for releasing some great music. Between 1994 and 2002, they released albums …

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