Downtempo producer Zane Tate has released the long-awaited follow-up to his first long player, and it’s called Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds Volume 2. The album mixes haunting mood-music with groove-driven beats while exploring the occasional excursion into chillout music.
Listen to a preview of the first single from the record, called “Getaway.”
While Zane Tate has released a number of singles since Rural Sounds Volume 1, including “The Last Resort,” which was featured on SomaFM’s Groove Salad Compilation, Down to Dusk is his first album in seven years. The record is decidedly darker than the first – consider it night-music – and much more focused in its approach to chilled downtempo music.
Zane Tate’s Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds Volume 2 is out now.
Inf of Utrecht, Netherlands has a thing for 70s crime movie scores, and that sound drives his latest release on Beats Broke called Music for Crime Scenes. The producer recorded the album with analog synths, and featured a number of guest musicians so no samples were necessary. But Music for Crime Scenes is instrumental hip hop, and the beats and breaks are solid. They provide the backdrop to melodies, performed by horns or vibraphone or synth, that are dark and foreboding with hints of kitsch. Listen to Music for Crime Scenes by Inf below. (more…)
Akshin Alizadeh has released a new groove-driven trip hop single featuring vocals from Manchester-based singer Chesqua, and it’s called “Wash Away.” The song is solid downtempo with a funk feel to the rhythm, and features a sax lead part for the smooth jazz set. Listen below. (more…)
Krystian Shek has released numerous trip hop, chillout, and lounge tracks for labels such as Diventa and Cold Busted. Now the prolific producer has compiled his very best for the Thai Dust Records Red label, and it’s called The Best of Lounge and Chillout. List to a preview below.
George Evelyn, aka Nightmares on Wax, is set to drop what is likely to be a massive album in September called Feelin Good, and the lead-off single is called “Now is the Time.” The record will feature orchestration and strings by Jazzanova arranger Sebastian Studnitzky, keyboards by Robin Taylor-Firth, drums by German jazz percussionist Wolfgang Haffner, bass from Paul Powell, percussion from Shovell The Drum Warrior, and vocals from Mozez of Zero 7. If that lineup isn’t enough to get you excited, check out the preview of “Now is the Time” below.