Downtime Classic

A Downtempo & Trip-Hop Mix by Studio Mosaic

Downtime Classic is a two-part compilation of downtempo and trip-hop classics - two interconnected subgenres of slower paced electronic music that originated in the 1990s throughout European chillout rooms.

Coined in 1994, trip hop emerged from Bristol, UK which combined elements of hip hop beats, drum and bass breaks, and ambient atmospheres at a lower tempo. At the end of the 1990s a more melodic instrumental electronica incorporating acoustic sounds emerged under its own umbrella name of downtempo.

Although trip hop is known for its moody, dark, yet lyrical sound with female-dominant vocals, both styles of music fuse elements of jazz, R&B, dub, and house. As a result, many tracks are historically lo-fi, relying on analog recording equipment and sample-based instrumentation for an ambience. Today, trip hop influences can be found in many other genres including soul, IDM, industrial, dubstep, acid jazz, and new-age.

While putting together this mix, we tried to include a wide variety of artists, ranging from countries such as England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Japan, and the United States. It’s also worth noting that when an artist had multiple worthy albums, we only included their most definitive moment.


00:00 DJ Cam - Mad Blunted Jazz

04:52 Skalpel - Sculpture

09:39 Kruder & Dorfmeister - 1st of the Month

15:28 Herbalist - Put It On Tape

19:10 Thievery Corporation - 2001 Spliff Odyssey

24:11 DJ Shadow - Napalm/Scatter Brain

24:52 Nightmares on Wax - You Wish

28:11 Blockhead - Triptych Pt. 2

31:07 Bonobo - Shadowtricks

35:08 TM Juke - Fast Asleep

39:18 Kid Loco - She Woolf Daydreaming

44:12 Wax Tailor - Que Sera

46:55 Lovage - Lies & Alibis

50:05 Aim - Hinterland

54:12 Amon Tobin - Like Regular Chickens

59:16 Boards of Canada - In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country

1:04:44 DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo - Mu Chu

1:10:57 Lamb - Trans Fatty Acid (Kruder & Dorfmeister Remix)

1:19:19 Tosca - Brian Emely

1:24:10 Air - Modular Mix

1:29:48 Prefuse73 - Pagina Dos

1:32:16 Prefuse73 - Gratis

1:37:33 Lemon Jelly - Nervous Tension

1:43:44 Flying Lotus - Next Phase Short

1:44:12 RJD2 - Ghost Writer

1:49:26 Moby - Porcelain

1:53:25 Gorillaz - Tomorrow Comes Today

1:56:36 Hooverphonic - Inhaler

2:01:44 Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground

2:05:32 Alphawezen - Gun Song (Alphawezen Dub Remix)

2:09:53 Archive - So Few Words

2:16:05 Massive Attack - Teardrop

2:21:27 Portishead - Strangers

2:24:57 Tricky - Overcome

2:28:30 Zero7 - In The Waiting Line

2:32:47 Air - La Femme D’Argent


Genre: Downtempo / Trip Hop


Release: Oct 2016


Duration: 02:39:44


Listener Accessibility: 8/10


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