Downtempo is one of those misunderstood genres of music. The 'down' in downtempo isn't about depression or the influences of a bad buzz. It's simply music set at a slower pace than other genres of electronica.
It's not chillout or lounge music - which come from a different place. As a gnre, Downtempo draws on a wider rage of influnces: fropm dub and hip hop to acid jazz and house.
With its roots in ambient music, downtempo is about soundcapes that don't impose themselves on the listener. While it's unjustly been described as 'background music' - downtempo is perfect for setting an atmosphere, a subtle vibe that adds a touch of sophistication.
Turn on, Tune in and drop out to some lush Downtempo sounds.