Blue Sky and Yellow Sunflower Susumu Yokota - Radio edit
Ibiza Trumpet Thing Alex Cortiz - Radio edit
Sugar Rhyme Bonobo - Radio edit
Jazz Tip Moodorama - Radio edit
Red Sky (Radio Edit) Time Passing - Radio edit
Step into the Sunshine Gary B - Radio edit
Somebody Gramatik - Radio edit
Try Me ft. Goapele & Capit J-Boogie - Radio edit
The Time I Love You the Most Dobie Gray - Radio edit
Anything You Want (Fluid's Sex... Afro-Mystik - Radio edit
Long Journey Home Future by Design - Radio edit
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About ten years ago, I found thedownbeat.org, a community devoted to music that, for me, was one of those #changeyourlife events. In addition to the playlist streaming from the site, there was a lively forum rich with recommendations on new music -- among others, the Hefner track that opens this set, and that sounds as excellent today as it did when I first heard it courtesy of thedownbeat.org.
One year a number of us arranged to meet at the Winter Music Conference in South Beach, and a few have continued to stay in touch over the decade. Of course, the website itself has long since been taken down, as the fact of streaming music came to have legal implications for site hosts. But for those of us who found a home and an inspiration there, losing the site created a mission to uphold the vibe ourselves, through whatever means we found available.
Big ups to Chad Pry and all the broken beat afficionados from 2001, the Golden Age of downtempo stylings.