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Padmapani    405

in preparation for the "best of 2014" voting i noticed that i haven't listened to much downtempo released this year at all. and apparently i'm not the only one.

 

so what are the best downtempo releases you've found this year? any instant classics that one cannot ignore? was there a good psydub release like globular last year?

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Paul Eye    457

Something worth mentioning (includes some slower prog-chill too) with links to relevant sites :)

 

Alwoods - Long Life Forest (Altar) 2013

Ishq - Zennor Plane (Virtual)

Ishq - The Invisible Landscape (Virtual)

Krusseldorf - Fractal World (Krusseldorf)

Kausemus - No I (Kausemus)

Lars Leonhard - Burning Clouds (Ultimae)

I Awake - Tierra (Ultimae)

Globular - Digging & Building (Globular)

Sinepearl - Cycles Within Cycles Within (Interchill)

Banco de Gaia - Maya 20th Anniversary Edition (Banco de Gaia)

VA - Down The Fractal Dimension

Ajja & Cosmosis - The Alien Jams (Peak Records)

Yestegan chaY - Shikoon

Bluetech - Spacehop Chronicles Vol. 1 (Bluetech)

Bluetech - Cosmic Dubs / Basement Dubs (Bluetech)

VA - Into This Wired Abyss Vol. 3

Jaja - Stars

Cosmic Replicant - Mission Infinity (Altar)

Cabeiri - Self Insider (Altar)

Bioscape - Living Connection (Gliese 581c)

Narcose - The Dreams Of Zoroaster (Gliese 581c)

VA - Passages (Ultimae)

Static Noise Bird - Audiofruit Orchard (Gliese 581c)

Zen Baboon - Suber (Electrik Dream) 2013

Audioglider - Accidental Beauty (Section)

Makyo - Purnima Remixed (Dakini)

Ishq - Blue Infinity (Virtual)

Ishq - Seascapes (Virtual)

VA - Ethneomystica Vol. 1-3 (Mystic Sound)

Kaya Project - Firedance (Interchill)

Invisible Allies - Conversations With Bees (Aleph Zero)

Ren Toudu - Nemophilist (Ovnimoon)

Jaja - Startrail

Amethystium - Transience (Amethystium)

Astropilot - Solar Walk III (Altar)

GMO vs Dense - Equation (Altar)

Circular - Moon Pool (Ultimae)

Ishq - Sunflower (Virtual)

VA - Nomad (Virtual)

Electronic Fantasy - Illegal Illusion

VA - Seeds Of Thought

Blue Phoenix - Source Of Hope

Cosmic Replicant - Soul Of The Universe

Lab's Cloud - Imminent Awakening (Altar)

Sundial Aeon - Analysis

Gus Till - Ghosts Of The Earth (Interchill)

Arborean - Sophic Hydrolith

Androcell - Imbue (Androcell)

Asura - Radio Universe (Ultimae)

Aeonics - Beyond Time (Virtual)

Yunomi - Amaryllis Dream (Virtual)

PsiloCybian - Unfold Oneself Into Endlessness (BMSS)

VA - Smörgåsbord

Jaja - Endless

Planet Boelex & rachelW - Reworks Chapter 1 (Planet Boelex)

Ishqamatics - Waterbound (Ishqamatics)

 

So yeah a few 2013 releases slipped in here, oops.

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treeman    3

Great list Paul, and quite a few things to discover.

 

Zen Baboon was from 2013 however such a great album its worth reminding.

 

Some highlights from 2014 to add to your list ;D

 

Wåveshåper - Empty Path

http://mutantra.bandcamp.com/album/empty-path

 

VA - Waypoint

https://interchill.bandcamp.com/album/waypoint

 

International Observer -Touched

http://internationalobserver.bandcamp.com/

 

Solar Quest - Core

http://electronicsoundscapes.bandcamp.com/album/solar-quest-core

 

Entheogenic - Enthymesis

http://entheogenic-usr.bandcamp.com/album/enthymesis

 

Saafi Bros- LIVE ON THE ROADBLOG

http://www.beatport.com/release/live-on-the-roadblog/1238746

 

KiloWatts - Seven Succulents

http://shop.kilowattsmusic.com/album/seven-succulents

 

what an amazing 2014.

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Paul Eye    457

Great list Paul, and quite a few things to discover.

 

Zen Baboon was from 2013 however such a great album its worth reminding.

Oh damn, thanks for noticing :)

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Bill    85

Alwoods, Cosmic Replicant (Soul of the Universe), Solar Quest and Androcell. Alwoods and Cosmic Replicant are great from the very first listen. Solar Quest depends on taste though if you're into dub there's a very good chance you'll enjoy that release. I really like Androcell's Imbue, it's not immediately great like his other releases, you need to hear it at least twice before it all comes together, it's subtle but very, very soothing.

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Padmapani    405

thanks everyone! i guess i'll have a lot of listening to do, hopefully i'll be finished in time for our poll ;)

 

edit:

a few things already sound pretty good after some youtube listening/ektoplazm download: cosmic replicant, androcell, lab's cloud, alwoods (although that seems to be 2013. the altar website and discogs agree here). gmo vs. dense sadly isn't as good as the last two albums.

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Bill    85

alwoods (although that seems to be 2013. the altar website and discogs agree here).

 

Oops! 100% correct on that point. I saw Alwoods in Montreal for NYE last year and really got into Long Life Forest right afterward so it feels like a 2014 release to me. Anyway, I blame Paul Eye (wink wink) he posted it first.

 

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Bill    85

 

I was rather disappointed by this one. I'm a HUGE Kalya Scintilla fan but this one was much, much different than all of his other albums and EPs, it has a large focus on invocations and chants and less of a focus on actual music. A lot of the rhythms feel like recycled ideas that he's already covered. It's an interesting album but not one that I will listen to very often. Whereas a lot of his material is great, dirty, glitchy down tempo, this one feels meditative and clean - too clean for my tastes, I suppose.

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Paul Eye    457

alwoods (although that seems to be 2013. the altar website and discogs agree here).

For fuck's sake, I need to stop posting early in the morning after a night of no sleep :DD

 

(posted early in the morning after a night of no sleep)

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Padmapani    405

For fuck's sake, I need to stop posting early in the morning after a night of no sleep :DD

 

(posted early in the morning after a night of no sleep)

at least we'll have someone on psynews all the time this way. good night ;)

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Blubber    25

oh man pauleye, did u listen to all u posted?

 

my favs:

 

Soulacybin - Gratitude

great mix of bass-music, beautiful compositions and imaginative storytelling

 

Kaminanda - Liminal Spaces

my favourite psybient producer in the last time. i love how he blends various downtempo grooves with ethereal, eastern-influenced melodies and soundpatterns. always evolving, never wasting time, a musical genius

 

Sephira - Monkey Tales

a great follow up of his first effort. dreamy, gloomy downtempo trance on the relaxing side of the medal. if u haven't heard one of his albums do urself a favour

 

Gus Till - Ghosts of the Earth

oldie and visionary. a beautiful fusion of ambient, world, space and dance rhythms

 

The Alien Jams

my most played downtempo music this year. while some may be distracted by the samey, sometimes generic fusion of downtempo bass and guitarjamming i simply love this release. 80 minutes of relaxing Gilmouresque guitarjamming with contemporary bassgrooves and some farts is what i want. great to have sex to

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Paul Eye    457

oh man pauleye, did u listen to all u posted?

Of course (and much more). Not really an effort if you have all year to listen :)

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Bill    85

Soulacybin - Gratitude

great mix of bass-music, beautiful compositions and imaginative storytelling

 

 

Good choice, excellent album!

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Maden    5

I was thinking about posting a similar topic due to my period without ambiant, so thank you for participate.

I am listening to Androcell - Inbue and after further try i start to like it, same thing after the note here with Asura - Radio Universe but i focalised in the Moon Pool album from Circular to the track "3 Moons" that i really like a lot.

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healium    9

What the world needs is more dark and techy downtempo. Think X-Dream "Radio," Sensient, or Hux Flux - but downtempo type style...

 

I like the psychill style with the vocals and hippy vibe and all that - Shponglle, Entheogenic, Slackbabba - that is all great stuff, but so much of it is in that style..

 

Ultimae releases have a darker style - certainly not the hippy shanti style - but the Ultimae releases are 1) not really that dark (more like "moody") and 2) certainly not twisted and uber-psychedelic - you don't get a lot of weird tripped out sound effects in Ultimae releases..

 

We need more dark robotrip downtempo - no vocals, no eastern melodies - twisted melodies, post-apocalyptic soundscapes, and mechanical fx instead..

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Bill    85

What the world needs is more dark and techy downtempo. Think X-Dream "Radio," Sensient, or Hux Flux - but downtempo type style...

 

 

Have you tried Merkaba Music? Glitchy, wompy, techy and cerebral.

 

Bogtrotter: http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/bogtrotter-catawompus

 

Kalya Scintilla: http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/kalya-scintilla-dance-the-spiral-never-ending

 

Resonant Heart compilation: http://www.discogs.com/Kalya-Scintilla-Resonant-Heart/release/4294865

 

Resonant Mind compilation: http://www.discogs.com/Kalya-Scintilla-Resonant-Mind/release/5766089

 

 

Paul, I'm digging "Conundrum Concoction" so far and it's only through the crappy quality of YouTube. Great recommend, can't wait to get this in good quality and hear it through a good system.

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Rotwang    323

What the world needs is more dark and techy downtempo. Think X-Dream "Radio," Sensient, or Hux Flux - but downtempo type style...

Personally I'd love to hear something that sounds like a downtempo version of Kindzadza's first album. Anyone know if such a thing exists?

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Padmapani    405

We need more dark robotrip downtempo - no vocals, no eastern melodies - twisted melodies, post-apocalyptic soundscapes, and mechanical fx instead..

 

well, it's not really techy or "robotrip" downtempo, but i'd certainly appreciate more darker downtempo like seamoon or tengri...

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healium    9

Thanks for the recommendations - will check them out!

 

Yes though, Conundrum Concoction is one of the finest psychill V/A's ever in my opinion.. The Tnegri album is awesome also - darker indeed.. Conundrum Concoction and Tengri are both excellent but both are in the earthy foresty fairytale realm of psychill..

 

A downtempo album in the vain of the first Kindzazza album would be great also.. You would think there would be the psychill version of dark minimal or techy maximal psytrance - for some reason though producers make the psychill either Ultimae style or the earthy/hippy/shamanic type..

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