Javelin

Apr 8th, 2010 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance jz 2 min read

Well, we’re just barely a week into April and the temperature has already cracked the 90 degree mark here in New York City. So, since we’re apparently skipping over those precious few Spring days and headed straight into the sticky, lethargy-inducing humidity of summer, I’ve decided to post something from an album that’s strong enough to just throw on and enjoy from start to finish….

Fink (Cinematic Orchestra Remix)

Aug 10th, 2009 Downtempo, Folk/Acoustic steve 1 min read

I can’t say that I’ve been a huge fan of the “acoustic pop/folk” thing as it always seems to remind me of the James Blunt/John Meyer frenzy over the last decade or so. Of course, we can go way before that for generations of solid folk music, but often, when that lone troubadour is paired up with a backing band, the result comes perilously close…

A.M. Architect

Apr 23rd, 2009 Downtempo, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

A.M. Architect is another project from Diego Chavez (Aether), together with Daniel Stanush, building on a foundation of guitar and keys over smartly produced beats.

The Foreign Exchange

Oct 31st, 2008 Downtempo, Soul steve 1 min read

Today’s post, “Something to Behold” is a perfect example of what these two do best. Enjoy. Highly recommended.

Midnight Lab Band

Sep 30th, 2008 Breakbeat, Downtempo, Soul steve 2 min read

“How could I not know about this shit, when it’s being done right here in my backyard?” My guess is that the secret bunker lab that these guys work their sonic experiments in is somehow off the grid.

Koushik

Jul 30th, 2008 Downtempo, Psychedelic steve 1 min read

Stone’s Throw often relishes in mixing the new with the old but few of the venerable label’s artists sum it up as well asĀ Koushik, the eponymous moniker of Koushik Ghosh.

Flying Lotus + Lil’ Wayne

Jul 8th, 2008 DJ Weapons, Downtempo, Glitch, Hip-Hop steve 1 min read

Here’s a quick little nugget just sent out by the Warp camp from LA’s Flying Lotus, who will be dropping a series of EPs throughout August featuring new non-album tracks, very special collaborations, and remixes from some of your favorites. Here’s one of the first, featuring none other than the self-professed “greatest rapper alive” Lil’ Wayne. To be honest, Wayne’s surreal voice and one-of-a-kind flow…

Blktop Project

Jun 28th, 2008 Downtempo, Instrumental, Jazz, Soul steve 1 min read

“How did I not know about this group?!” It’s one of the most satisfying questions music fans can ask themselves. You work hard to follow an artist, group, or label, constantly staying on top of releases yet still an entire project can exist under your astute radar. Such is the Blktop Project for SK, a veritable personal supergroup of some of my favorite artists working…

Presto

Jun 16th, 2008 Breakbeat, Downtempo, Hip-Hop steve 1 min read

It gives me great pleasure to be back posting after a hectic month of work. Expect much more regular content moving forward, starting with today’s post from Los Angeles DJ/Producer Presto. His early 12″ instrumentals were a staple of my older downtempo and hip-hop sets, so it’s fantastic to be able to bring you word about his new full-length record, State of the Art, an…

Keston and Westdal

Feb 14th, 2008 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance, IDM, Instrumental steve 1 min read

Here’s a nerd fantasy for you: Tortoise covering Boards of Canada’s “Roygbiv” with Quincy Jones producing. Yeah, it’s totally unrealistic, perhaps even a slight bit musically incongruous, but I don’t give a fuck. I think that would be sick. It is just a dream after all. Now, I couldn’t in good conscience say that Minneapolis duo Keston and Westdal are in that orbit just yet,…

d_rradio

Jan 29th, 2008 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance, Folk/Acoustic, Glitch, IDM, Instrumental, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

The d_rradio guys (pronounced D-R-radio) are definitely from the SK oldschool and we are happy to announce their next full-length, self-titled opus will be on its way to your ears in March via UK imprint Distraction Records. We’ve been online friends for sometime (check this old post from 2005 ) and I’ve always respected the range of the trio — I can’t think of any…