Playing tracks by
Disjam, Moss, Hefner, Plastyc Buddah, Leftfield and more.
We're on the third set of the original December 2001 sextet - and the mojo here? Well, it's the sweet knowing funk of "Kingsburg" for one thing - whatever you call the looselimbed jiggy feeling that comes over you in response to certain music. And that Digby Jones "sunset on the beach" soft anthem, Pina Colada (Jazz Mix): In 2001, this tune epitomized the cocktail lounge branch of downtempo, lilting melody via piano and strings gently roughened up with some civilized scratching. And there are more classics from those days -- the days when I was referring to all this as "intelligent dance music," having hijacked a phrase from Techno to suggest what it was about Downtempo that attracted me: The structure was complex even if the lyrics were often just one more element in the sound wash (though lyrics may certainly shine, as in the case of Hefner’s “Dive Into You”, which is modern-day Cole Porter-clever verse.) More info on this set and the series at www.beatconscious.org.